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Mandela on life support

Johannesburg – Former president Nelson Mandela is believed to be on life support as he remains in a critical condition in a Pretoria hospital, according to a report on Wednesday. The Citizen spoke to “five highly-placed sources close to the …

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US top court overturns same-sex marriage ban

Supreme Court says legally married same-sex couples should get the same US benefits as heterosexual couples. The US Supreme Court has struck down a federal law that restricted the definition of marriage to opposite-sex couples in a major victory for …

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President’s promises fail to calm Brazil

Protesters return to Sao Paulo’s streets, while police detain nine people over deadly shooutout in Rio de Janeiro slum. Protesters in Brazil have returned to the streets in low-income suburbs of Sao Paulo to demand better education, transport and health …

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Saudi Arabia adopts worldwide weekend

Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud changed the kingdom’s official work week to Sunday through Thursday, citing “lost economic opportunities” from being out of synch with the rest of the world on the Saudi weekend. The switch from …

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U.S. Warns Countries Against Snowden Travel

Fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden was seeking asylum in Ecuador on Sunday after Hong Kong allowed his departure for Russia in a slap to Washington’s efforts to extradite him on espionage charges. In a major embarrassment to …

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Obama to defer to Mandela family on possible visit

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will defer to Nelson Mandela’s family on whether he will visit the ailing anti- apartheid icon during his trip to South Africa next week, a top aide said Friday. The possibility of a meeting between …

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First Afghan female pilot explains her challenges

Col Latifa Nabizada, the first female pilot in the Afghan air force, has battled prejudice, the Taliban and personal tragedy – but her ambitions for her young daughter soar even higher. My sister and I always talked about the stars …

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‘Standing man’ inspires Turkish protesters in Istanbul

A Turkish protester dubbed the “standing man” has led a vigil on Istanbul’s Taksim Square days after the authorities evicted demonstrators. Performance artist Erdem Gunduz stood silently for eight hours, facing a portrait of Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern, …

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Deadly Blast Targets Funeral In Pakistan

A bomb attack has killed at least 20 people, including a provincial legislator, and wounded about 30 others at a funeral  in northwestern Pakistan, police have said. The attack took place in the town of Sher Garh in Mardan district …

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