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Death toll from Brazil prison riot tops 30 -source

by Reuters Sunday, 15 January 2017 SAO PAULO, Jan 15 (Reuters) – At least 30 inmates were killed in a prison riot in Brazil’s northeastern region that broke out late on Saturday, a person with direct knowledge of the situation said. The person, who requested anonymity because forensic work is under way, said the number of casualties could rise slightly. ...

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Kenya Travel Warning

By U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs January 14, 2017 The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to the border area between Somalia and Kenya because of threats by the terrorist group al-Shabaab.  U.S. citizens should also be aware of potential terrorist threats and the high risk of crime throughout the country.  This replaces ...

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Science News – Eat hot peppers for a longer life? Study

Date: January 13, 2017 Source: University of Vermont Summary: Consumption of hot red chili peppers is associated with a 13 percent reduction in total mortality, a large prospective study has found. Like spicy food? If so, you might live longer, say researchers. Credit: © Tim UR / Fotolia Like spicy food? If so, you might live longer, say researchers at ...

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US lifts 20-year economic embargo on Sudan

Written by ALJAZEERA, Friday, 13 January 2017 US economic embargo on Sudanese government lifted for improvements in efforts to boost security in the region.   The lift in economic sanctions is anticipated to improve US-Sudanese relations in key areas of concern [File: Reuters] The United States has announced the end of a 20-year economic embargo on Sudan, lifting trade and ...

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Kenya detains two suspected members of Somali Islamist group

Written by REUTERS Wednesday, January 11 2017 Kenyan police have arrested two suspected members of the Somali Islamist group al Shabaab for planning attacks on churches and other sites in Nairobi, police said on Tuesday. Hundreds of Kenyans have been killed in attacks claimed by al Shabaab, including a 2013 assault on a Nairobi shopping mall and a 2015 raid ...

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Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on changes to the Ministry

Ottawa, Ontario – January 10, 2017 The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement today on changes to the Ministry: Chrystia Freeland, currently Minister of International Trade, becomes Minister of Foreign Affairs, and retains the Canada-U.S. relations file, including trade relations. Maryam Monsef, currently Minister of Democratic Institutions, becomes Minister of Status of Women. Patricia A. Hajdu, currently Minister ...

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Nine policemen killed in two North Sinai checkpoint attacks

The interior ministry said security forces were able to “fight off the terrorist attack,” killing five militants and injuring three others. Ahram Online, Monday 9 Jan 2017 The death toll of two separate attacks on two North Sinai Checkpoints early Monday has risen to nine people, with 21 others injured, Egypt’s state-owned MENA reported. According to security sources who spoke with ...

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Iran’s former president Rafsanjani dies aged 82

The Guardian Sunday 8 January 2017 Rafsanjani, founding member of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution and president for two consecutive terms, dies in Tehran Rafsanjani’s political allegiances had recently shifted towards reformists. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA   Saeed Kamali Dehghan Iran Correspondent Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran’s greatest political survivor who served as president for two consecutive terms, has died aged 82. ...

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Former Portuguese President Mario Soares dies aged 92

DW Saturday 7 January 2017 Soares founded the Portuguese Socialist Party in April 1973 with the help of former German chancellor Willy Brandt. One of his biggest political dreams was that Portugal would join the European Union. He fulfilled it. There have been few people like Mario Soares in modern politics. He belonged to a generation of statesmen including Olof Palme, ...

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