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  • Cuba to privatize 9,000 restaurants
    Cuba to privatize 9,000 restaurants

    Havana (AFP) - The Cuban government announced plans Friday to sell nearly 9,000 state-owned restaurants to private operators, the latest step in the communist island's economic reforms.

  • North Korea says imprisoned American tried to become 'second Snowden'
    North Korea says imprisoned American tried to become 'second Snowden'

    By James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) - An American recently sentenced to six years hard labor by a North Korean court pretended to have secret U.S. information and was deliberately arrested in a bid to become famous and meet U.S. missionary Kenneth Bae in a North Korean prison, state media said on Saturday. Matthew Miller, 25, of Bakersfield, California, had prepared his story in advance and written in a notebook that he was seeking refuge after failing in an attempt to collect information about the U.S. government, state media said. ...

  • Tens of thousands expected at New York climate march
    Tens of thousands expected at New York climate march

    New York (AFP) - Celebrities, activists and political leaders are expected to join more than 100,000 people in New York Sunday for what could be the largest climate change protest in history, organizers said.

  • Pope orders review of annulment process to simplify procedure

    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has ordered a review aimed at simplifying the Church's procedures for annulments, the Vatican said on Saturday, a move that could make it easier for Catholics to end marriages. A statement said Francis had appointed an 11-member commission of canon lawyers and theologians to propose reform of the process, "seeking to simplify and streamline it while safeguarding the principle of the indissolubility of marriage". ...

  • Canada's largest Cold War-era fighting ships retiring
    Canada's largest Cold War-era fighting ships retiring

    Ottawa (AFP) - The largest fighting ships in Canada's fleet are being decommissioned, the navy announced Friday, leaving a hole in its maritime defenses as replacements won't be ready for at least five years.

  • Russian fighters intercepted by U.S. near Alaska
    Russian fighters intercepted by U.S. near Alaska

    Two Russian fighter jets recently entered a U.S. "air defense identification zone" and were intercepted by American warplanes near Alaska, two US defense officials said Friday.

  • High Schooler Gives Up Crown After Friend Was Pranked Into Thinking She Was Nominated for Homecoming …
    High Schooler Gives Up Crown After Friend Was Pranked Into Thinking She Was Nominated for Homecoming …

    Unfortunately, sometimes high school looks a lot like a real-life version of the movie "Mean Girls." Case in point, a group of girls at North Texas high school tricked 17-year-old Lillian Skinner into thinking she was nominated for the homecoming court.

  • Intruder was unarmed, seemed mentally ill; Obamas were not home
    Intruder was unarmed, seemed mentally ill; Obamas were not home

    The small army of Secret Service agents guarding the White House carry a wide range of weapons and get training on how to repel armed assaults – so why did no one shoot the intruder who jumped the fence on Friday and got all the way to the mansion’s doors?

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