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ICC gives former Congo VP Bemba extra year in prison

THE HAGUE, Netherlands –  A former Congolese vice president has been sentenced to an extra year in prison and fined 300,000 euros ($324,000) for interfering with witnesses in his trial at the International Criminal Court. Jean-Pierre Bemba, who already is serving an 18-year prison term for crimes committed in Central …

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'Sex assault' streamed on Facebook Live

News . The alleged sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl by five or six males was streamed on Facebook Live, according to Chicago Police. Around 40 people were said to have been watching the stream at one point but nobody reported the incident to police. A police spokesman said authorities …

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Clean water plant brings hope to one village in north India

NAI BASTI VILLAGE, India –  Schoolchildren cheered and village women clapped as a gush of clean water flowed through a set of gleaming steel taps connected to a newly installed water filtration plant in a dusty north Indian village on Wednesday. India has the world’s highest number of people without …

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Somali official says pirates open fire on local naval forces

MOGADISHU, Somalia –  A Somali official says pirates who seized an oil tanker have opened fire on naval troops from the semiautonomous state of Puntland, sparking clashes between the two sides. Ali Shire Mohamud, the commissioner of Alula district where the ship is being held, says clashes started after naval …

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Letter bomb explodes at IMF office in France, 1 injured

DEVELOPING –  Paris police say a letter bomb exploded at the French office of the International Monetary Fund, lightly injuring one person. A police official said no other damage was been reported in the incident in western Paris on Thursday. It is unclear who sent the letter. Police experts are at the scene, …

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Trump budget: Rex Tillerson defends foreign aid budget squeeze

Image copyright EPA Image caption USAID funds projects like drug addiction treatment in Afghanistan US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has defended swingeing budget cuts to his own department proposed by President Donald Trump. Speaking in Japan, he said the level of state department spending in the past had been …

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Dutch PM Rutte claims win over 'wrong kind of populism'

THE HAGUE, Netherlands –  Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Wednesday claimed a dominating parliamentary election victory over anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders, who failed the year’s first litmus test for populism in Europe. Provisional results with over half the votes counted suggested Rutte’s party won 32 seats in the 150-member …

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