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  • Italy rescues nearly 1,000 migrants; 10 die

    ROME (AP) — In a dramatic sea rescue north of Libya, a flotilla of rescue ships saved nearly 1,000 migrants and refugees, while 10 migrants perished in the southern Mediterranean, Italian officials said Wednesday.

    Associated Press22 mins ago
  • Philippine cities most at risk from disasters, study shows

    By Joseph D'Urso LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Of the 10 world cities most exposed to natural hazards, eight are in the Philippines, according to research which also showed that over half of the 100 cities most exposed to earthquakes, storms and other disasters were found in four Asian…

    Reuters49 mins ago
  • Australia in record form, Pakistan also wins at World Cup

    Four-time champion Australia and 1992 winner Pakistan demonstrated the gulf between the cricket elite and the second tier with lopsided wins at the World Cup on Wednesday.

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  • Wildfires rage through top South African tourist haven

    Firefighting teams and water-bombing aircraft were again in action as the flames swept down Cape Town's southern peninsula, a mountainous spine of land running from the city to Cape Point, Africa's most southwestern tip. A total of 13 homes have been destroyed or damaged by the fires, along with…

    AFP
  • Prince William meets elephant on final day of China tour

    BEIJING (AP) — Prince William fed carrots to an elephant in southwestern China and raised the plight of its African counterparts being killed for their tusks in a speech Wednesday that called on China to do more to deter poaching.

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  • Wildfire in South Africa continues for a 4th day

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Firefighters in Cape Town said the wildfire raging around Cape Town's iconic Table Mountain is still not under control after four days fighting the blaze.

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  • EU to adapt its foreign policy to new realities, crises

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is rethinking its foreign policy to better adapt to crises like the ones it faces in Ukraine, Russia and Syria without having to be overly dependent on allies like the United States.

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  • Honey, we shrank the SUV _ and Europe loves it

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — In Europe, SUV now stands for: Shrinking Utility Vehicle.

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  • Somalia top priority in U.N. agriculture organisation funding appeal

    ((This corrected version of the story fixes name to Burgeon throughout).) By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has launched an emergency appeal for $697 million to help 30 million people in 31 crisis-hit countries, a senior official…

    Reuters
  • Britain's Prince William calls for end to ivory trade on China visit

    Britain's Prince William urged an end to the ivory trade on Wednesday, visiting a Chinese elephant sanctuary in the southwestern province of Yunnan at the close of a three-day trip to the country that focused partly on wildlife conservation. William has been critical of China over its consumption…

    Reuters
  • Proposed South Africa farm size limit is negotiating tactic: minister

    By Ed Stoddard BOTHAVILLE, South Africa (Reuters) - A proposal by the South African government to limit farm size to 12,000 hectares is a "negotiating tactic" as it tries to press ahead with the redistribution of land to black farmers, the minister of agriculture said. What informs the end of…

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  • Egyptians race to expand Suez Canal, hoping for trade surge

    ISMAILIA, Egypt (AP) — Bulldozers push earth and dredgers spit mud round the clock at Egypt's Suez Canal in a race to quickly expand the strategic waterway for two-way traffic, a project trumpeted by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to revive both the country's damaged economy and visions of…

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  • Ten migrants die in Mediterranean, hundreds rescued

    By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - At least 10 North African migrants died when their rubber boat overturned in the southern Mediterranean while hundreds more from that vessel and another were rescued, Italian and Tunisian authorities said on Wednesday. The Italian coast guard said in a…

    Reuters
  • Pakistan beats UAE by 129 runs in World Cup Pool B match

    NAPIER, New Zealand (AP) — Pakistan finally joined the 300 club at the Cricket World Cup on Wednesday, scoring 339-6 and holding the United Arab Emirates to 210-8 to complete a 129-run win in Pool B which improved its chances of progressing to the quarterfinals.

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  • Final results of Lesotho polls reveal no clear winner

    The final results of Lesotho's general elections revealed no outright winner as the ruling party narrowly edged out its nearest rivals, data on the website of country's electoral commission showed on Wednesday. Incumbent prime minister Thomas Thabane's All Basotho Congress party won 40…

    Reuters
  • Sitting on a gold mine, but Ivorian town still fears for the future

    Once a poor rural community, the village of Tongon in the northern Ivory Coast now glows with well-being since becoming a regional gold mining hub five years ago. Many of the new buildings bear a prominent plaque reading "Donated by Randgold" -- the Jersey-based British company that says it has…

    AFP
  • Scotland looks for World Cup boost against Bangladesh

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Scotland has another chance to revive a Cricket World Cup campaign which has fallen below its own expectations when it plays Bangladesh in a Pool A match at Nelson's Saxton Oval on Thursday.

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  • De Villiers backs Steyn as match-winner

    South Africa captain AB de Villiers backed Dale Steyn to be a World Cup match-winner despite the strike bowler struggling to hit top form at the tournament. After an indifferent start to the World Cup, Steyn marked his 100th one-day international with 2-39 in the 201-run mauling of Ireland at the…

    AFP