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    Inmates Use Explosives To Break Open Brazil Prison

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    Inmates in one of Brazil’s roughest prisons used explosives to destroy a wall and escape en masse into surrounding streets, prompting a frantic manhunt, the AFP reported. Media footage of the brazen breakout on Saturday in the northeastern city of Recife showed the blast ripping a hole in the main wall around the Frei Damiao…

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    Armed Man Plotted To Kidnap Obama Family Dog

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    heavily armed man claiming to be Jesus allegedly plotted to kidnap one of the Obama family’s dogs and has been arrested, US media and officials said. Scott Stockert, 49, was arrested at a Washington hotel Wednesday after Secret Service agents found unregistered firearms in his truck, together with hundreds of rounds of ammunition, a machete…

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    Clinging To Power In Africa

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    Since African nations won independence, many leaders have tried, often successfully, to stay in power with constitutional amendments that changed limits on presidential mandates. Here is a range of precedents over the past 15 years: An amendment to the constitution would allow Rwandan President Paul Kagame, 58, to run for an exceptional third seven-year term…

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    Volkswagen Chief Quits As Cheating Scandal Snowballs

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    Volkswagen chief executive Martin Winterkorn resigned Wednesday over a pollution cheating scandal that has sparked a US criminal investigation and worldwide legal action with unfathomable financial consequences for the auto giant. “I am shocked by the events of the past few days. Above all, I am stunned that misconduct on such a scale was possible…

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    Murder Charges Dropped Against Child-bride – AFP

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    Nigerian prosecutors have withdrawn murder charges against a 15-year-old girl who was accused of using rat poison to kill the 35-year-old man she had married. Prosecutor Lamido Abba Soron-Dinki asked the High Court in Gezawa, Kano state, on Wednesday to “terminate the case of culpable homicide against Wasila Tasi’u”, who was 14 when she married…

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    Nepalis Flee Quake-Devastated Capital As Toll Passes 3,800

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    Nepalis started fleeing their devastated capital on Monday after an earthquake killed more than 3,800 people and toppled entire streets, as the United Nations prepared a “massive” aid operation. With fears rising of food and water shortages, people were also rushing to stores and petrol stations to stock up on supplies in the capital, ripped…

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    Austerity Hurts Services Vital To Gender Equality: UN

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    Spending cuts are hurting public and social services that give women the chance to find paid work, independence and a chance at equality, a UN report warned on Monday. The United Nations’ organisation for gender equality, UN Women, said in a major study that millions of women around the world are still consigned to low-paid,…

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