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An American's quest to learn Farsi

Monday 20th of August 2012, 0:45
related countries: Iran Iran, United States United States

Iranian politics snarls a man's bid to learn his partner's native tongue
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VIDEO: The 87-year-old doctor charging $5 a visit

Monday 20th of August 2012, 0:56
related countries: United States United States

The 87-year-old US medic offering affordable healthcare
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Debate over Australia welfare 'credit card'

Monday 20th of August 2012, 1:04
related countries: Australia Australia

Debate over Australia's welfare 'credit card'
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Libya bombs blamed on Gaddafi men

Monday 20th of August 2012, 1:34
related countries: Libya Libya
related places: Tripoli

Libyan forces arrest 32 members of a "pro-Gaddafi cell" over the twin car bombings that killed two people in Tripoli on Sunday, officials say.
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VIDEO: Russian space junk 'a health hazard'

Monday 20th of August 2012, 3:24
related countries: Russia Russia

Toxic debris from Russian space rockets is being blamed for various illnesses in the Altai region of Siberia.
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Pakistan seeks proof of messages

Monday 20th of August 2012, 4:07
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan, India India

Pakistan asks India to provide evidence that threatening messages sent by mobile phone and over the internet that triggered an exodus of migrant workers mostly came from Pakistan.
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Rate cuts lift China home prices

Monday 20th of August 2012, 4:12
related countries: China China

Property prices in China rise in July amid cuts in borrowing costs and after some local governments ease restrictions on purchases.
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VIDEO: Gu Kailai jailed over Heywood murder

Monday 20th of August 2012, 5:25
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom, China China
related places: Heywood

Gu Kailai the wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai has been given a suspended death sentence for the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood.
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UK 'too heavy-handed' with trolls

Monday 20th of August 2012, 6:00
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Police and prosecutors in the UK are accused of being "too heavy-handed" when dealing with online trolls and abusive messages.
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Ministers back Ecuador on Assange

Monday 20th of August 2012, 6:14
related countries: Ecuador Ecuador, United States United States

Foreign ministers from across South America give "solidarity and backing" to Ecuador for granting asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
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Thai economy outpaces forecasts

Monday 20th of August 2012, 6:28
related countries: Thailand Thailand

Thailand's economy grew by more than forecast in the second quarter of the year as robust domestic consumption helped offset a decline in exports.
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VIDEO: RIM to unveil new Blackberry

Monday 20th of August 2012, 6:30
related countries: Canada Canada

The Canadian company, Research in Motion will unveil a new version of the Blackberry to telecom companies, hoping it will be a winner with their customers, and create enough new sales to revive its fortunes.
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Police issue new riot CCTV shots

Monday 20th of August 2012, 6:53
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

Police release CCTV images of two suspected burglars they are hunting in connection with the London riots last summer.
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Expendables 2 raids US box office

Monday 20th of August 2012, 8:42
related countries: United States United States

Action heroes led by Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger storm to the top of the North American box office chart with The Expendables 2.
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Puerto Rico rejects bail change

Monday 20th of August 2012, 8:52
related countries: Puerto Rico Puerto Rico

Voters in Puerto Rico reject two constitutional changes that proposed limiting the right to bail and cutting the size of the legislature.
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UN observer mission in Syria ends

Monday 20th of August 2012, 8:59
related countries: Syria Syria

The UN's observer mission in Syria formally comes to an end, days after it was decided to cancel it in response to mounting violence.
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VIDEO: Several waterspouts filmed on US lake

Monday 20th of August 2012, 9:20
related countries: United States United States

Some unusual weather conditions in the US have led to a series of waterspouts on Lake Michigan.
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Burma abolishes media censorship

Monday 20th of August 2012, 9:47
related countries: Burma Burma

The Burmese government announces it is ending pre-publication censorship of the country's media, the latest in a series of political reforms.
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VIDEO: Bid for more beach toilets in Australia

Monday 20th of August 2012, 10:41
related countries: Australia Australia
related places: Adelaide

A politician and a radio star were among those who came together to protest against a lack on toilets at an Adelaide beach.
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Gu Kailai jailed for China murder

Monday 20th of August 2012, 10:56
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom, China China

The wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai is jailed and given a suspended death sentence for the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood.
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SA miners face dismissal deadline

Monday 20th of August 2012, 10:58
related countries: South Africa South Africa

Thousands of South African miners face a Monday deadline to go back to work or face the sack, days after 34 of their colleagues were killed by police.
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VIDEO: Artists recreate Angkor Wat's lost carvings

Monday 20th of August 2012, 11:23
related countries: Cambodia Cambodia

A collection of artists including a relative of John Constable have been commissioned to recreate some of the elaborate carvings missing from the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
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Talks on Afghan 'insider attacks'

Monday 20th of August 2012, 11:29
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, United States United States

The top US military officer flies to Afghanistan for talks on the growing number of attacks against Nato soldiers by Afghan security forces.
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Park wins nomination in S Korea

Monday 20th of August 2012, 11:36
related countries: South Korea South Korea

Park Geun-hye, the daughter of South Korea's former leader Park Chung-hee, is nominated as the presidential candidate of the governing party.
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UK seeks diplomacy over Assange

Monday 20th of August 2012, 12:29
related countries: Ecuador Ecuador, United Kingdom United Kingdom

The UK insists it will not grant Julian Assange "safe passage" to Ecuador as it seeks a diplomatic solution to him being given asylum.
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French mother's fatal fall probed

Monday 20th of August 2012, 12:31
related countries: Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia, France France

French police investigate the death of a Jewish mother who fought to get her daughter back from a Saudi prince.
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UN Syria envoy rejects criticism

Monday 20th of August 2012, 13:08
related countries: Syria Syria

The new UN special envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, rejects opposition criticism for refusing to say whether President Bashar al-Assad must resign.
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Six on trial over Russia killings

Monday 20th of August 2012, 13:35
related countries: Russia Russia

Six people go on trial over the murder of 12 people in southern Russia in 2010, in a case that shocked the whole country.
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Deadly riot in Venezuela prison

Monday 20th of August 2012, 14:51
related countries: Venezuela Venezuela
related places: Caracas

A riot in a prison south of Venezuela's capital, Caracas, leaves at least 20 people dead, government officials say.
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Congressman 'sorry' for nude swim

Monday 20th of August 2012, 15:17
related countries: Israel Israel

Kansas congressman Kevin Yoder apologises for swimming nude in the Sea of Galilee while on an official trip to Israel in August 2011.
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VIDEO: US rape pregnancy comment row

Monday 20th of August 2012, 15:25
related countries: United States United States
related places: Senate, Republican

A row has broken out in the US after a congressman and Republican candidate for Senate said he believed women's bodies were able to prevent pregnancy in the case of "legitimate rape".
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US woman attempts swim crossing

Monday 20th of August 2012, 15:29
related countries: Cuba Cuba, United States United States

A 62-year-old woman attempts to become the first person to swim from Cuba to the US without a shark cage.
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Best Buy buyout talks break down

Monday 20th of August 2012, 15:33
related countries: United States United States

US electronics chain Best Buy appoints a new chief executive as talks with founder Richard Schulze over taking the company private break down.
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Pakistan in blasphemy case probe

Monday 20th of August 2012, 15:35
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Pakistan's president orders a report into the arrest of a young Christian girl, reportedly with mental impairments, accused of desecrating pages of the Koran.
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Fire sweeps across Greek island

Monday 20th of August 2012, 15:39
related countries: Greece Greece
related places: Chios

Greek firefighters battle a large forest fire sweeping across the Aegean island of Chios, destroying thousands of acres of forest and farmland.
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Russia continues Pussy Riot hunt

Monday 20th of August 2012, 15:50
related countries: Russia Russia
related places: Moscow

Russian investigators search for other members of punk band Pussy Riot after three are jailed over an anti-Putin protest in Moscow's main cathedral.
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England lose thrilling final Test

Monday 20th of August 2012, 16:15
related countries: South Africa South Africa, United Kingdom United Kingdom

England lose the final Test, the series and their number one ranking to South Africa despite an exhilarating run-chase.
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Race rumpus over Canada banknote

Monday 20th of August 2012, 16:36
related countries: Canada Canada

The Bank of Canada apologises for removing an image of an "Asian-looking" woman from the design of a new $100 bank note after focus groups complained.
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Outrage at anti-Semitic cartoon

Monday 20th of August 2012, 16:37
related countries: Austria Austria

The leader of Austria's far-right Freedom Party causes outrage after posting a cartoon on Facebook likened to anti-Semitic Nazi propaganda.
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Tributes paid to director Scott

Monday 20th of August 2012, 16:49
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Stars of film and television pay tribute to British director Tony Scott, who has died aged 68 after jumping from a bridge in Los Angeles.
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Strike-hit South Africa mine idle

Monday 20th of August 2012, 16:53
related countries: South Africa South Africa

The South African mine where police shot dead 34 striking workers reopens but produces no ore, as owners extend the deadline for strikers to return.
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Tributes to director Tony Scott

Monday 20th of August 2012, 17:08
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The film world pays tribute to British director Tony Scott, famous for Top Gun, True Romance and Man on Fire, who was "a master of his craft".
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Greece under pressure over cuts

Monday 20th of August 2012, 17:25
related countries: Greece Greece

Greece must stick to its bailout conditions, Germany says, at the start of a week in which Greece is expected to ask for more time to make agreed cuts.
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Somali Olympic runner 'drowned'

Monday 20th of August 2012, 18:46
related countries: Somalia Somalia, Libya Libya

Somali Olympic athlete Samia Yusuf Omar reportedly drowned trying to reach Europe on a migrant boat from Libya.
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US row over rape pregnancy remark

Monday 20th of August 2012, 18:50
related countries: United States United States

A row erupts in the US after Republican congressman Todd Akin says women's bodies can "shut down" and stop pregnancy in the case of "legitimate rape".
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Israeli youths held over assault

Monday 20th of August 2012, 19:20
related countries: Israel Israel

Seven Israeli youths, including a 13-year-old boy, are arrested on suspicion of assaulting a group of Palestinians in Jerusalem last week.
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Monday 20th of August 2012, 19:56
related countries: Colombia Colombia, United States United States

A Colombian general facing drug trafficking charges in a US federal court pleads guilty to links with a Colombian paramilitary group.
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Deadly blast hits Turkish city

Monday 20th of August 2012, 20:42
related countries: Turkey Turkey
related places: Gaziantep

A suspected car bomb in the south-eastern Turkish city of Gaziantep leaves at least eight people dead, security sources and media say.
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Cholera toll rise in Sierra Leone

Monday 20th of August 2012, 20:53
related countries: Sierra Leone Sierra Leone

A cholera outbreak in Sierra Leone has infected more than 100,000 people and kills at least 176 since January, officials say.
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Somali MPs in landmark meeting

Monday 20th of August 2012, 21:24
related countries: Somalia Somalia

Somalia's first formal parliament in more than 20 years is sworn in in the capital, Mogadishu, with the new MPs preparing to elect a new president.
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Armstrong fails to halt drug case

Monday 20th of August 2012, 21:25
related countries: France France, United States United States

Lance Armstrong's bid to block an investigation into whether he took performance-enhancing drugs is dismissed in court.
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US comedian Phyllis Diller dies

Monday 20th of August 2012, 21:47
related countries: United States United States
related places: Los Angeles, Monday

US comedian Phyllis Diller, a staple of stand-up and television, died on Monday morning in Los Angeles at the age of 95, her manager says.
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VIDEO: Pakistani girl held for blasphemy

Monday 20th of August 2012, 21:51
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

A Christian Pakistani girl thought to be aged between 11 and 13 is being held by police, suspected of breaking the country's strict blasphemy laws.
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Former Malta PM Dom Mintoff dies

Monday 20th of August 2012, 23:00
related countries: Malta Malta

Former Maltese Prime Minister Dom Mintoff, who dominated the country's politics for decades between the 1950s and 1980s, has died aged 96.
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Virgin to fly London-Manchester

Monday 20th of August 2012, 23:01
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: March, Manchester, London

Virgin Atlantic is to introduce a new short-haul service between London Heathrow and Manchester from next March - the airline's first domestic route.
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Posh and Becks joke is 'funniest'

Monday 20th of August 2012, 23:06
related countries: Seychelles Seychelles

A joke about David and Victoria Beckham wins comedian Stewart Francis the award for the best joke of the Edinburgh Fringe.
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Is it fair to circumcise newborn boys?

Monday 20th of August 2012, 23:11
related countries: United States United States

Europe and US at odds on a tricky parenting dilemma
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VIDEO: Teen invents cancer test using web

Monday 20th of August 2012, 23:34
related countries: United States United States

US high schooler Jack Andraka invents advanced pancreatic cancer test using search engines and free online science papers.
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Syria fighting heightens fear in Damascus

Monday 20th of August 2012, 23:48
related countries: Syria Syria
related places: Damascus

Damascus resident describes effect of fighting in Syrian capital
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Restoring monuments at Angkor Wat

Monday 20th of August 2012, 23:52
related countries: Cambodia Cambodia

Artists join forces to restore lost Cambodian carvings
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