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  • Plenty to play for as Ireland face Zimbabwe

    Ireland and Zimbabwe face each other in a Pool B clash at Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Saturday in a match that could have a key bearing on both sides' chances of reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup. The Irish are just ahead of Zimbabwe in the standings with four points from three matches…

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  • Death toll from latest Med migrant tragedy rises to 50

    Italy's coastguard rescued 127 people and recovered 10 bodies on Tuesday after a boat capsized off Sicily when the people on board rushed to one side of the vessel in a stampede to get onto the arriving coastguard boat. Di Giacomo said the latest deaths took the migrant death toll in the waters…

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  • South Africa to investigate spy allegations

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The South African government said Thursday that it is investigating allegations, posted on a website, that the head of the state watchdog agency and opposition figures spied for the U.S.

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  • Attempt to row across Atlantic foiled off Barbados by wind

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) — Heavy wind caused an eight-member crew attempting to row across the Atlantic Ocean in record time to fall just short of their goal Thursday as they neared the island of Barbados.

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  • Ford, Phelan share Africa Open lead

    Englishman Matt Ford and Irishman Kevin Phelan shared the Africa Open first-round lead on 67 Thursday after taming blustery East London Golf Club conditions. Phelan, joint second in the Joburg Open last weekend, collected six birdies over the 6,108-metre (6,679-yard) layout with his sole blemish a…

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  • Fleeing Tikrit residents fear no return as Iraqi forces close in

    By Isabel Coles ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - As Iraqi forces close in, Tikrit's few remaining civilians are cutting up white clothes and fabric to make flags of surrender, fearing their Shi'ite liberators more than the Islamic State militants occupying the Sunni city. Most residents of Tikrit fled in…

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  • More than quotas needed to keep number of women MPs rising: IPU

    By Alex Whiting LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The proportion of women MPs in parliaments around the world has doubled in the past 20 years, but a "significant brake" in progress in 2014 means new ways of increasing their number must be found, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) said. …

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  • Europe swamped with crush of migrants arriving by land, sea

    MADRID (AP) — The European Union is immersed in a full-fledged migration crisis.

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  • Burkina orders exhumation of slain leader Sankara's corpse

    The government of Burkina Faso has ordered former president Thomas Sankara's corpse to be exhumed, potentially rekindling controversy over the 1987 assassination of one of Africa's most idolised leaders. A government decree issued late Wednesday said the move was aimed at formally identifying the…

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  • Rwanda's Kagame looks set to join Africa's stay-put leaders

    As the second and final mandate of Rwanda's President Paul Kagame draws to a close, there are increasing indications he may join other African leaders in bending the rules and staying put. Rwanda watchers say that in a country where the political debate is tightly controlled, campaigning for a…

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  • Weather threatens South Africa vs Pakistan World Cup clash

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — The weather may play a role in the outcome of Saturday's Cricket World Cup match between South Africa and Pakistan in Auckland, with New Zealand's MetService predicting some heavy rain showers during the afternoon.

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  • Bangladesh improves Cricket World Cup quarterfinal chances

    Bangladesh improved its chances of reaching the quarterfinals at the Cricket World Cup on Thursday. For Scotland, though, it was the same old story.

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  • India aims to clinch quarterfinal spot at Cricket World Cup

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — Defending champion India can clinch a quarterfinal place at the Cricket World Cup on Friday with a win over a West Indies lineup that is having the kind of run that poses as many questions as it answers when the team steps onto the field.

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  • North Korea to reopen Pyongyang marathon to foreign runners

    By James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea is set to reopen an international marathon to overseas runners after ending a ban on most foreigners entering the country because of fears over the deadly Ebola virus, tour companies said on Thursday. North Korean officials had previously told travel…

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  • Modi to ramp up help for Indian Ocean nations to counter China influence

    By Sanjeev Miglani NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi will offer island nations in the Indian Ocean a broad range of military and civilian assistance next week in a bid to wrest back some of the influence China has gained by spending billions of dollars in the region. Modi will…

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  • France gets rap on knuckles over smacking children

    A top rights body said Wednesday that France was in violation of a European treaty because it did not fully ban the smacking of children, reigniting debate over the divisive issue. The Strasbourg-based Council of Europe said France's laws on corporal punishment for children were not "sufficiently…

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  • Failures by 3 governments preceded homeless man's death

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mistakes and miscommunication by three governments on three continents over nearly 20 years led to a homeless man known as "Africa" being on Los Angeles' Skid Row, where he was shot by police after authorities say he became combative and appeared to reach for an officer's weapon.

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