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Criminal investigators hired by charities as pressure mounts over fraud

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By Tom Esslemont LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rising mistrust of international charities and a public push for greater transparency on spending in corruption-prone crisis zones are compelling some non-government organizations (NGOs) to hire a new recruit - the criminal investigator. In a bid to prevent...(more) 



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Street violence in Kiev dims prospects for peace effort in Ukraine's east

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By Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) - A spasm of street violence has driven home how hard it is going to be for Ukrainian President President Petro Poroshenko to rally national support behind an internationally-brokered deal to bring peace to the east of his country. The violence...(more) 



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Iran militia in Tehran show of strength

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Iran's Basij militia, which played a key role in crushing opposition protests in 2009, has put on a show of strength in the capital in a two-day exercise culminating Thursday. Some 50,000 members of the largely volunteer force were taking part in the drill, which was...(more) 



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Iran's Khamenei backs parliamentary vote on nuclear deal with powers: state TV

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Iran's Supreme Leader said on Thursday he backed a parliamentary vote on a historic nuclear deal reached with six major powers and said sanctions against his country should be lifted completely rather than suspended, state television reported. "The parliament should not be sidelined on the nuclear...(more) 



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Hungary police to check migrants on trains heading for western border

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Hungarian police will stick to the European Union's Schengen rules and make all checks needed on migrants traveling on domestic trains towards the country's western border, Prime Minister Viktor Orban's chief of staff said on Thursday. Janos Lazar also told a news conference that the current...(more) 



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War crimes court hears of rape, slavery at trial of Congo's Ntaganda

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By Thomas Escritt THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Accounts of rape and sexual slavery during the war in Congo in the early 2000s dominated the second day of militia leader Bosco Ntaganda's trial at The Hague war crimes court on Thursday. Lawyer Sarah Pellet described the pain...(more) 



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Alien Oceans' Glint Could Reveal Habitable Water Worlds

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The planet's oceans reflect a great deal of light, especially during the crescent phase. "Seeing excessive brightness at the crescent phases could be a telltale signal of ocean planets," Tyler Robinson, of NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, said at the Astrobiology Science Conference...(more) 



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Penn State football chat with Joe Juliano

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Join the Inquirer's Joe Juliano as he takes your Penn State football questions in a live chat, beginning Thursday at 1 p.m. 



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China 'threatens global growth'

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Slower growth in China and continuing stock market uncertainty pose a threat to global economic growth, the International Monetary Fund has warned. 



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Death toll in Legionnaires' outbreak in Illinois rises to eight

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An outbreak of Legionnaires' disease has killed an eighth person in Quincy, Illinois, and sickened 41, mostly at a veterans home, health and veterans affairs officials said on Wednesday. The latest death occurred outside the Illinois Veterans' Home, the officials said, adding that three others were...(more) 



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Hungary's Orban insists migrant crisis is German, not European problem

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Brussels (AFP) - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban insisted Thursday the migrant crisis is a German problem, not a European one as he defended his government's handling of a wave of refugees. 



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Paris hit by mass tractor protest over falling food prices

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More than 1,000 tractors began rolling into Paris on Thursday as farmers tried to clog up the capital's roads in protest at plummeting food prices. Farmers on their tractors have been descending -- slowly -- on the capital from all corners of France, angry over the...(more) 



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