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South Africa's 'Born Frees' struggle with history

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - When Nkululeko Simelane was born on April 27, 1994, her parents did not have to think twice about her name.

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Billions needed to upgrade Egypt's power grid as summer crunch looms

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt needs to find at least $5 billion to invest in its dilapidated power grid, a government official told Reuters, highlighting a major challenge for the next president as the...

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Import tariffs strain rich-poor gap in 'madly expensive' Luanda

LUANDA (Reuters) - In Luanda's Jumbo supermarket, a half-liter tub of imported vanilla ice-cream used to cost $25, testament to the Angolan capital's rank as one of the world's most expensive cities.

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Serendipity aids Egypt in struggle to recover stolen heritage

CAIRO (Reuters) - When French Egyptologist Olivier Perdu saw a fragment of a pharaonic statue on display in a Brussels gallery last year, he assumed it was a twin of an ancient masterpiece he had...

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California bill to curb medical marijuana passes key hurdle

SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - A measure to regulate California's chaotic medical marijuana industry passed a key legislative hurdle on Tuesday, in a move that could lay the groundwork to tax and...

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Proposal to make gay marriage legal in Ohio may be put to vote

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Gay rights supporters in Ohio were given the go-ahead on Tuesday to begin gathering signatures to put a proposed state constitutional amendment to make same-sex marriage legal...

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Georgia joins other U.S. states facing gay marriage lawsuits

ATLANTA (Reuters) - A federal lawsuit was filed in Atlanta on Tuesday, challenging the constitutionality of a Georgia law banning same sex marriage, the first such case in the southern U.S. state.

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Iran president under fire over wife's 'lavish' party

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, already under pressure from conservatives for his tentative opening to the West, was criticized on Tuesday for what his opponents called a "lavish...

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Rhino horns worth $5.2 million stolen in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Rhino horn stock piles worth over $5.2 million have been stolen from a South African game park office, the raided tourist agency said on Tuesday, in the first known theft of...

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Prelate exonerates John Paul of turning blind eye to abuse case

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Catholic prelate who led the campaign to make the late Pope John Paul a saint exonerated the pontiff on Tuesday against accusations he turned a blind eye to one of the...

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World Chefs: Cathal Armstrong returns to Irish roots in first cookbook

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dublin-born Cathal Armstrong dug deep into his Gaelic roots for inspiration for his first book "My Irish Table," which includes recipes and stories about his journey as a chef.

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Nepal government meets sherpas' demands after deadly avalanche

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's government agreed on Tuesday to compensation demands for Mount Everest sherpas, after the single deadliest avalanche on the world's highest mountain killed at least 13...

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Australia's Crown prepares $2 billion Las Vegas casino bid: report

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Crown Resorts Ltd is set to bid for a $2 billion casino complex in Las Vegas, according to media report, underscoring the Melbourne-based casino operator's ambition to...

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Strength training gets a makeover from yesteryear's body building

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Strength training, traditionally favored by body builders seeking to bulk up, has become the go-to regimen for athletes, weekend warriors and exercise enthusiasts determined to...

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Fans pay tribute to Nobel laureate Garcia Marquez in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Fans and family paid their last respects to much-loved Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez on Monday, leaving flowers and playing music in a colorful remembrance of the...

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Alaska pot legalization vote pushed back to November

JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) - A ballot initiative that could make Alaska the third U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana will go before voters in a general election in November rather than in...

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Australia's Crown prepares $2 billion Las Vegas casino bid: report

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Crown Resorts Ltd is set to bid for a $2 billion casino complex in Las Vegas, according to media report, underscoring the Melbourne-based casino operator's ambition to...

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Fans pay tribute to Nobel laureate Garcia Marquez in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Fans and family paid their respects to Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez on Monday, leaving flowers and playing music in remembrance of the Nobel laureate and giant of...

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Independent Scotland's last gasp forgotten in Panama jungle

CALEDONIA, Panama (Reuters) - A few years before giving up its independence, Scotland took a bold gamble to secure a brighter future, founding a colony on the isthmus of Panama to corner trade...

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Strength training gets a makeover from yesteryear's body building

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Strength training, traditionally favored by body builders seeking to bulk up, has become the go-to regimen for athletes, weekend warriors and exercise enthusiasts determined to...

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Kraft recalls 96,000 pounds of hot dogs due to undeclared allergen

(Reuters) - Kraft Foods Group Inc is recalling about 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners because the packages may instead contain Classic Cheese Dogs made with milk, a known allergen.

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Australia's Palmer says won't back government climate plan: report

(Reuters) - Australia's government might fail to get the necessary backing for its planned A$1.55 billion ($1.45 billion) fund to pay big emitters to cut pollution, after a Senate minority party on...

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Many Canadian aboriginals see no compromise on oil sands pipeline

KITIMAT, British Columbia (Reuters) - Just a few miles from the spot where Enbridge Inc plans to build a massive marine terminal for its Northern Gateway oil pipeline, Gerald Amos checks crab traps...

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Marijuana fans pack 4/20 events in Colorado, Washington state

(Reuters) - Thousands of marijuana enthusiasts gathered in Colorado and Washington state over the weekend for an annual celebration of cannabis culture with rallies, concerts and trade shows in the...

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Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, U.S. boxer famous in folk song, dies at 76

TORONTO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former U.S. professional boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, who spent 19 years in prison for murder and then was released after it was determined he did not get a fair...





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