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Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin dies at 76

Tributes have flooded in for “boundary breaking” soul legend Aretha Franklin, who has died aged 76 after suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer. US presidents past and present joined entertainment stars and fans across the globe in remembering the Queen of Soul following her death on Thursday, with Barack Obama and …

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Poland's president vetoes altered election rules

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland’s president said on Thursday he would veto a law proposed by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party that would benefit bigger parties, including the eurosceptic PiS and the main opposition grouping, in European Parliament elections next year. Explaining his decision, Andrzej Duda said the rules …

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Father-to-be clung for hours on side of Genoa bridge

The thought of his unborn child gave a man the strength to cling to dangling wires on the collapsed Genoa bridge for hours until he was rescued. His pregnant girlfriend, Giulia Organo, 28, said Gianluca Ardini, 29, held onto wires 65ft above the ground because thinking of their baby “gave …

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Architect of nuclear India: Ex-PM Vajpayee dies

India’s former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who established his country as a nuclear power, has died at the age of 93. A great orator, Mr Vajpayee led India in three periods between 1996 and 2004, having begun his political life in the 1940s by joining the campaign against British rule. …

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If rupee slump persists, it can hurt India's Modi

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) – The rupee’s plunge to a record low has worried a wide cross-section of India’s society: companies, importers, those going on vacation and students planning to study overseas. But if the weakness persists, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s job could become a lot harder just before big state …

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Bahrain jailing of leading campaigner Rajab unlawful: U.N. experts

GENEVA (Reuters) – Bahrain’s detention of activist Nabeel Rajab is unlawful and violates his right to freedom of expression, U.N. human rights experts have found, calling on the kingdom to release him immediately with compensation. FILE PHOTO: Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab arrives for his appeal hearing at court …

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ISIS Member Arrested in Sacramento, U.S. Says

Federal authorities said Wednesday they had arrested an Iraqi national and longtime member of Al Qaeda and the Islamic State who fled after killing an Iraqi police officer in 2014, eventually settling in Sacramento as a purported refugee. The man, Omar Ameen, 45, is wanted on a murder charge in …

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Qatar to invest $15bn in Turkey amid currency crisis

Qatar has pledged to invest $15bn (£11.8bn) in Turkey as Ankara rolls out measures to strengthen the lira amid a trade spat with the US. The move is seen as payback for Turkey’s staunch support after Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Egypt blockaded Qatar last year. Turkey, which set …

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