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Global poverty rate drops to record low 10 pct.
The World Bank said Wednesday that 10 percent of the world’s population lived on less than $1.90 a day in 2015 — the last year for which numbers were available — down from 11.2 percent in 2013. That means 735.9 million people lived below the poverty threshold in 2015, down by 68.3 million from 804.2...
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Julian Assange had just pulled off one of the biggest scoops in journalistic history, splaying the innards of American diplomacy across the web. But technology firms were cutting ties to his WikiLeaks website, cable news pundits were calling for his head and a Swedish sex crime case was threatening to put him behind bars. Caught...
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Milking it for politics? U.S., Canada dig in on dairy in NAFTA talks
09/17/2018 – Politico Decades-long trade tensions over America’s access to Canada’s dairy market are getting hashed out in the final rounds of the NAFTA talks. To clinch a deal, U.S. officials are demanding that Canada make major concessions. President Donald Trump for months has criticized Canada’s system of controlling its milk supply as “not fair”...
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needled in strawberries
Public fears about sewing needles concealed inside strawberries on supermarket shelves have spread across Australia and New Zealand as growers turn to metal detectors and the Australian government launches an investigation to restore public confidence in the popular fruit. The government of Queensland state, where the contamination scare started last week, offered a 100,000 Australian...
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The rusted, battered cable cars that hang hundreds of feet above the Georgian city of Chiatura might be the world’s scariest way to commute. Chiatura, with about 20,000 people, is wedged between steep mountains that hold valuable deposits of manganese. The miners who worked to separate the metal from the mountains during the 20th century...
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The growing Mexican community in Toronto gathered at Nathan Phillips Square, the main plaza in this city, to commemorate the 208th anniversary of Mexico’s Independence. From recently arrived Mexican immigrants to established families with children born in Canada, dressed in traditional costumes and proudly carrying the Mexican flag, they met in the plaza, where they...
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With typical clothing from Mexico, dozens of Mexicans residing in different cities of China gathered on the night of September 14 in Beijing to celebrate the Independence of Mexico and remember with pride and nostalgia their homeland. The event organized by the Mexican embassy in China featured typical food, music, and drinks, as well as...
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After selling it on and off in the U.S. for nearly seven decades, Volkswagen has decided to squash its iconic Beetle. The company’s American unit announced Thursday that it would end global production of the third-generation bulbous bug in July of next year after offering two special editions for sale. The compact Beetle was introduced...
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Japan proposed an end to a decades-old ban on commercial whaling at an international conference Monday, arguing there is no longer a scientific reason for what was supposed to be a temporary measure. But the proposal faces stiff opposition from countries that argue that many whale populations are still vulnerable or, even more broadly, that...
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Officials destroying crosses, burning bibles in China
China’s government is ratcheting up a crackdown on Christian congregations in Beijing and several provinces, destroying crosses, burning bibles, shutting churches and ordering followers to sign papers renouncing their faith, according to pastors and a group that monitors religion in China. The campaign corresponds with a drive to “Sinicize” religion by demanding loyalty to the...
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Engineers set to sea Saturday to deploy a trash collection device to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii in an attempt to clean up the world’s largest garbage patch in the heart of the Pacific Ocean. The 2,000-foot (600-meter) long floating boom was being towed from San Francisco to the Great Pacific Garbage...
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Japanese rescue workers and troops searched Saturday for the missing for a third straight day in a northern hamlet buried by landslides from a powerful earthquake. Power was restored to most households and international flights resumed to the main airport serving the Hokkaido region. The Hokkaido government said Saturday that 30 people are dead or...
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Los Angeles authorities are searching for several suspects in the beating of a 92-year-old man out for a walk on the Fourth of July. Eyewitness video aired on local TV shows the man on the ground moments after the attack, dazed and with blood streaming down his face. The woman who took the video says...
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Estuardo Hernandez, a 19-year-old worker at a plant nursery in the nearby city of Antigua, is certain he knows where his parents are, and the knowledge is driving him to desperation. He’s sure they are buried inside the home where he grew up, covered by ash and other debris that swept down the Volcano of...
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There are ghosts in the ocean. Silent killers carried by the currents, wrapping themselves around reefs and claiming the lives of millions of marine creatures great and small, from sponges and tiny crustaceans to dolphins, sharks, and whales. In their former lives, these ghosts were nets and other fishing gear essential to the livelihoods of...
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