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Russia approves warplane deployment on disputed island near Japan

Reuters   Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has approved the deployment of Russian warplanes on a disputed island near Japan, accelerating the area's militarization at a time when Moscow's ties with Tokyo are strained over the roll-out of a U.S. missile system. In a decree published late on Thursday, Medvedev allowed the Russian Defence

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Kenya bans TV stations over Odinga ‘inauguration’

  The government of Kenya has called a symbolic swearing in of opposition leader Raila Odinga a "well-choreographed attempt to subvert or overthrow" the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the interior ministry also said that it would keep three independent TV stations, which had planned to

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Namibian president suspends officials’ overseas trips to cut costs

  President Hage Geingob of Namibia has suspended foreign travels of all ministers, deputy ministers and political office bearers with immediate effect, the president’s office said in a statement Wednesday. The measure, which will remain in effect till February, is in line with Geingob’s call to rein in official travel expenses. On January

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UN Blames Uganda, Kenya for Fueling Conflict in South Sudan

  A U.N. official has intensified the call for an end to violence in South Sudan, following sustained diplomatic pressure from the African Union on South Sudanese leaders. Adama Dieng is the U.N. secretary-general's special adviser for the prevention of genocide. He told VOA's South Sudan in Focus program Monday that Uganda

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Meghan Markle to Break Another Royal Tradition and Make a Speech at Her Wedding

  Good Housekeeping   Meghan Markle is not a traditional addition to the British royal family in any way, so it's no surprise that her wedding day won't be any exception. The American actress, who is set to marry Prince Harry on May 19, will reportedly break yet another royal tradition and deliver

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World’s Tallest Man meets World’s Shortest Woman in Egypt

Newsweek   Sultan Kösen, 8 feet 3 inches, is considered the tallest man in the world. He met Jyoti Amge—the shortest woman in the world—on Friday at the Giza pyramids in Egypt, Reuters reported Sunday. The Egyptian Tourism Promotion Board invited the record-breakers as part of an initiative to increase once-lively tourism in

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Saudi billionaire prince freed after paying settlement

(UPI)   Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the world's richest men, was released from detention after paying a settlement in Saudi Arabia's crackdown on corruption, two close family associates said Saturday. The state prosecutor approved the 62-year-old Prince Alwaleed's unspecified financial settlement. In November, the billionaire was arrested and detained in Saudi Arabia's

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