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100 million Brazilians lose WhatsApp after a judge orders a 72-hour shutdown

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A judge in Brazil has ordered mobile phone providers to block the wildly popular WhatsApp messaging application for 72 hours, a decision apparently aimed at forcing the service to turn over user data. Roughly half of Brazil’s 200 million people use WhatsApp, which is owned by...(more) 



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Venezuela opposition files 2 mn signatures for recall vote

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Venezuela's opposition presented reams of signatures to election authorities calling for a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro, who they say is to blame for a crushing economic crisis. Venezuelans fed up with food shortages, soaring inflation and now a paralyzing electricity crunch have flocked to...(more) 



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Cate Blanchett appointed UN refugee agency's goodwill ambassador

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Australian actor says ‘there has never been a more crucial time to stand with refugees’ and ‘there must be shared responsibility worldwide’The United Nations has enlisted Oscar-winning Australian actor Cate Blanchett to help raise awareness about the plight of refugees, amid a massive global displacement crisis....(more) 



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Tragedy on Nauru: we do not need to act like a stupid and brutal nation | Sarah Mares

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The growing trauma surrounding our toxic detention system not only affects those who witness horrific events, but it takes a terrible toll on all of usThe death this week of Omid, a young refugee held on Nauru, brought feelings of sadness but also great anger. News...(more) 



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Budget 2016: Morrison says Australia will live within its means – politics live

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It’s budget day in the national capital. The government says tonight is about jobs and growth and living within our means. Labor says the budget has to be fair. Join us for all the developments 2.34am BST Another obvious and more than reasonable question.Q: What is...(more) 



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Alistair Darling: leaving EU could put £250bn of UK export trade at risk

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Former chancellor says Brexit would mean introducing trade tariffs and barriersLeaving the EU could put £250bn of British trade at risk, former chancellor of the exchequer Alistair Darling has claimed, saying negotiating new free-trade deals with key export markets could take an average of six years.Britain...(more) 



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Nail-biting start for Russia's new Vostochny space centre

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Nervous start for new Russian cosmodrome 



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Why an Indian 'freedom' speech has become a viral remix

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A controversial student's protest chants inspire songs about freedom in India. 



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Spring rains could spur more U.S. rangeland fires this summer

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By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A wet winter and spring in the American West has set the stage for a wildfire season likely to see more fast-spreading rangeland blazes fueled by thicker growth in grass and brush than last year, government fire forecasters said...(more) 



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Brazil prosecutor asks for probe of opposition leader Neves

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Brazil's top prosecutor asked the Supreme Court to open an investigation on opposition Senator Aecio Neves on Monday as a vast corruption probe ensnares more politicians. Neves, who narrowly lost the 2014 election to President Dilma Rousseff, was previously included in a list of some 50...(more) 



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In the fight over fracking, Colorado state laws trump local bans, court rules

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The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday ruled that state law overrides local efforts to limit hydraulic fracturing, dealing a setback to opponents of oil and gas development but potentially adding momentum to a broader fight that could play out at the ballot box this fall. The...(more) 



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Ranieri thanks Chelsea for title-clinching draw

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Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri called his Chelsea counterpart Guus Hiddink on Monday to thank him for the draw with Tottenham Hotspur that gave his team the Premier League title. Spurs' 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge brought Leicester the first title in their 132-year history and...(more) 



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