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Finland to scrap Universal Basic Income scheme

Finland is to scrap a pioneering universal wage scheme that paid people a flat monthly fee rather than unemployment benefits. The Finnish Social Insurance Institute – known as Kela – introduced a two-year trial of Universal Basic Income (UBI) in January last year, which saw the government pay citizens a …

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Russia's Lavrov says U.S. has no intention to leave Syria: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday the United States had no intention to leave Syria despite Washington saying it had such plans, the RIA state news agency said. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during his news conference with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister …

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Mosul's landmark Great Mosque of al-Nuri to be rebuilt

Image copyright AFP Image caption Iraq’s prime minister said the destruction of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri was an “historic crime” The United Arab Emirates is to give $50m (£36m) to help rebuild a landmark mosque in the Iraqi city of Mosul blown up by Islamic State militants. The UN’s …

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Suspect in Toronto Van Rampage Is Charged With Murder

While police did not disclose a motive for the rampage, interviews with former acquaintances of Mr. Minassian, witnesses and others, and his now-deleted Facebook account, portray him as a troubled young man who harbored resentments toward women, had a penchant for computer programming and appeared determined to die. Former classmates …

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'Selfie' monkey can't sue for copyright, court rules

A monkey that took a selfie using a wildlife photographer’s camera cannot sue for copyright, a US court has ruled. Naruto, a seven-year-old crested macaque, snapped a photo with a toothy smile in 2011 using a camera belonging to David Slater. The British photographer wanted to have financial control of …

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Toronto van attack suspect expected in court on Tuesday

TORONTO (Reuters) – The driver accused of plowing a rental van into pedestrians in Toronto was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder on Tuesday, but his motive remained a mystery. The deadliest mass killing in Canada in decades, which took the lives of …

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Wristband tests drinks to see if they are spiked

A university is hoping to protect students from being spiked after launching a wristband that can detect drugs in drinks. The “Sip Safe” wristband is designed to be used on campuses as well as at festivals, events, bars and nightclubs. Liquid can be dropped onto the wristband to perform a …

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Local tensions flare up before Lebanese election

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Incidents of political violence including an assault on one candidate and an attack on the office of another are casting a shadow over Lebanon’s first general election in nine years. Posters of Lebanese parliament candidates Rania Shmaitilly and Nabil Bader are seen on a building in Beirut, …

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