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  • France, Cameroon wouldn't take foreigner later shot by LAPD

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A homeless foreigner shot to death by Los Angeles police was in the country illegally after serving time for a bank robbery but couldn't be deported because no country would take him, U.S. immigration authorities said Wednesday.

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  • Lesotho opposition forms coalition after snap post-coup poll

    Opposition parties in Lesotho on Wednesday formed a coalition government after beating Prime Minister Thomas Thabane's party in snap elections aimed at bringing stability following a coup bid. Former premier Pakalitha Mosisili's Democratic Congress party picked up the most number of seats but fell…

    AFP
  • Huge surge in migrants entered EU in 2014: Frontex

    Nearly triple the number of migrants entered the European Union in 2014 compared to the previous year, mainly due to refugees fleeing war in Syria, the bloc's border agency said Wednesday. "Around 280,000 migrants entered the EU in 2014 compared to just over 100,000 in the previous year. It's a…

    AFP
  • At least 10 dead as migrant boat capsizes off Sicily

    A boat capsized off Sicily when the migrants aboard rushed to meet rescuers, killing at least 10 people, the Italian coastguard said Wednesday. "The migrants, as they frequently do, all rushed to one side of the boat which then capsized," Italian coast guard spokesman Filippo Marini told TV…

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  • Concern grows for civilians as noose tightens around Tikrit

    Concern mounted Wednesday over the fate of civilians in Tikrit where Iraqi forces were trying to trap Islamic State group jihadists on the third day of a huge offensive to retake the city. Around 30,000 security forces and allied fighters launched Monday the biggest anti-IS ground operation yet in…

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  • Jawbone fossil in Ethiopia sheds light on human origins

    A piece of jawbone with teeth attached, uncovered in Ethiopia, is the earliest known fossil of the genus Homo, to which humans belong, researchers said Wednesday. The discovery suggests that humankind's ancestors were living in what is now the Ledi-Geraru research area of Afar Regional State,…

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  • Lesotho's opposition forms coalition after tight election

    By Marafaele Mohloboli MASERU (Reuters) - Lesotho's main opposition party has formed a coalition government with other opposing parties after an election failed to provide an outright winner, it said on Wednesday. The tight contest saw the opposition Democratic Congress (DC) party narrowly beat…

    Reuters
  • Warner's 178 helps Australia to record World Cup win

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — David Warner posted a career-high 178 and Mitchell Johnson took four wickets as Australia set Cricket World Cup records for total and winning margin in a ruthless victory over newcomer Afghanistan on Wednesday.

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  • Civilians at risk in Iraq offensive, rights groups say

    Rights groups expressed concern Wednesday that civilians were at great risk in the huge military operation the Iraqi government launched to retake the jihadist stronghold of Tikrit. On Monday, some 30,000 Iraqi security forces, volunteers, Shiite militia and Sunni tribal fighters launched…

    AFP
  • Hundreds evacuated as wildfire in South Africa burns on

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — About 500 people fled their homes in South Africa's city of Cape Town as a wildfire defied rain and firefighters with smoke and flames rising for a fourth day Wednesday.

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  • 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…

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  • 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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  • 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