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‘It was quite an experience’: heading to war on the QE2

a shared story    2 weeks 3 days 16 hours 18 minutes ago
Ian Fletcher en route to the Falkland Islands, 23 May 1982I had been an army nurse since I was 18. Here, we are on our way to the Falklands on the QE2, with about 6,000km and five days to go: we had set sail from Southampton on...(more) 




IS attacks Iraq cafe used by Real fans

a shared story    2 weeks 3 days 17 hours 18 minutes ago
Militants from so-called Islamic State attack a cafe in Iraq frequented by supporters of the Spanish football club Real Madrid, killing at least 12 people. 



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Classic UK red phone boxes to be turned into tiny office sheds

a shared story    2 weeks 3 days 18 hours 18 minutes ago
Why go to a nice warm coffee shop when you can freeze or cook in a phone booth? 



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Brazil’s Rousseff faces likely impeachment after house speaker changes mind on key vote

a shared story    2 weeks 3 days 19 hours 18 minutes ago
Waldir Maranhão said he had withdrawn his attempt to cancel last month's vote to put the president on trial. 



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Hey, energy geeks, there’s now a podcast just for you

a shared story    2 weeks 3 days 19 hours 18 minutes ago
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbgE5sUO-lM Podcasts are cool. Government agencies, generally speaking, are not. What happens when you mix the two together? Judging by Episode 1 of the Department of Energy’s new podcast, Direct Current, the result is surprisingly charming — and not at all like listening to an audio...(more) 



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Nollywood's new star: meet Claire Edun AKA Nigeria's Oyinbo Princess

a shared story    2 weeks 3 days 20 hours 18 minutes ago
Pidgin-speaking former BA cabin crew member is YouTube sensation in Nigeria where she premieres in major film roleNollywood has a new star. Oyinbo Princess, as she is known in the Nigerian film industry, is as dramatic, expressive and fluent in pidgin English as any other actor...(more) 



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Hiroshima to open up its horrors to Barack Obama during historic visit

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Harrowing exhibits in city’s museum will be open for US president to see, and survivors are urging him to witness it all The school uniform Nobuko Oshita made for herself looks like it would turn to dust at the slightest touch. One sleeve of what is...(more) 



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Kenya to escape Rio Olympics ban despite doping concerns, says IAAF

a shared story    2 weeks 3 days 20 hours 18 minutes ago
• Kenya’s athletes can compete while country on ‘monitoring list’• IOC may still step in to ban Kenya after Wada’s recommendationKenya will not be banned from competing at the Rio Olympics this summer despite serious concerns over the African country’s anti-doping program, the IAAF has revealed....(more) 



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Boko Haram is losing ground – but will not be defeated by weapons alone | Vincent Foucher

a shared story    2 weeks 3 days 20 hours 18 minutes ago
Leaders meeting at the Lake Chad basin summit must battle the region’s humanitarian and development needs to combat the insurgencyNigeria has scored important successes against Boko Haram. The military campaign that President Muhammadu Buhari launched after his election last year is stronger and better coordinated. The...(more) 



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China to put former presidential aide Ling Jihua on trial

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Adviser to ex-president Hu Jintao faces corruption charges as part of battle against graft within Communist partyMore than four years after a high-speed Ferrari crash precipitated his fall from grace, the gatekeeper to the former Chinese president faces court, accused of taking “massive” bribes and illegally...(more) 



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Former top Chinese aide indicted on corruption charges

a shared story    2 weeks 3 days 22 hours 18 minutes ago
China has formally indicted Ling Jihua, one of the country’s most powerful men until a Ferrari crash derailed his career in 2012, on corruption and state secrets charges, state media reported Friday. Ling, a top aide to China’s former President Hu Jintao — a position similar...(more) 



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Tokyo 2020 bid: Payments were ‘legitimate’ consulting fees

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Leaders of Tokyo’s winning bid for the 2020 Olympics acknowledged Friday making payments to a firm in Singapore, but said the funds were for legitimate consulting fees and maintained that all bid activities were “fair and correct.” 



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