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Brazil's sexy Carnival puts Pentecostal mayor in tight spot

ADDITION Brazil Carnival Evangelical Mayor

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — While campaigning last year to become Rio de Janeiro’s mayor, Marcelo Crivella, a retired Pentecostal bishop, insisted his faith would not get in the way of governing the nation’s most famous city. The former gospel singer and missionary, a high-profile member of one of...


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AP Analysis: In Venezuela, short on food, short of hope

Venezuela Undone - Lost Hope

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela is so short on food that tens of thousands are going hungry or even starving. Its murder rate is among the highest in the world. Its economy is so crippled that the average shopper spends 35 hours a month waiting in line — three times more than in 2014. Yet even...


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Generals want talks with Russia about Iraq, Syria operations because of aerial

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. BAGHDAD - Senior U.S. military officials want to elevate talks with Russia about air operations over Iraq and Syria, an effort that is meant to protect pilots from collisions but complicated by concerns at the Pentagon that doing so will make it look like Washington...


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Duterte's fiercest drug-war critic faces arrest warrant - on drug charges

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. The leading critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s expansive crackdown on drug dealers is facing an arrest warrant on drug-related charges that she described as “simply surreal.” Sen. Leila de Lima is perhaps the loudest voice in the Philippines’ opposition....


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U.K. faces 60 billion-euro Brexit bill, Austrian leader says

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. Britain should be charged about 60 billion euros ($63 billion) when it leaves the European Union, Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern said, becoming the first EU leader to put a value on the size of the U.K.‘s Brexit bill. While similar estimates have been circulating for months,...


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Turkey-backed rebels enter center of Islamic State's al-Bab stronghold in Syria

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. BEIRUT -- Turkish-backed rebels said they seized the center of the Syrian town of al-Bab from Islamic State militants Thursday, marking a breakthrough in a grinding offensive to push the extremist group from one of its final strongholds. Launched in August, the...


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Don't expect wild parties in Japan as `Premium Friday' kicks off

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. Tokyo workers can take free limo rides and sip champagne this afternoon, courtesy of downtown developers. SoftBank Group Corp. is giving staff extra money to hit the town. And a railway operator is running a booze train, where passengers can enjoy four hours of solid drinking....


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Macron's French election coup irritates rivals on both sides

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. Emmanuel Macron’s success in snagging two significant endorsements in a week is drawing flak from his rivals for the French presidency, who see the independent candidate recovering his momentum. With exactly two months to go until the first round of voting in a topsy-turvy race,...


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In unusually hostile message, North Korean accuses China of 'dancing to US

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. In an unusual commentary released by state media on Thursday, North Korea accused a foreign country that claims to be a “friendly neighbor” of measures tantamount to an attempt to bring down the Pyongyang regime. “This country, styling itself a big power, is dancing...


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French art restorer man devotes himself to Japanese project

(c) 2017, The Japan News/Yomiuri. KYOTO - A man recently hired at a long-standing art restoration company in Kyoto has taken his first steps toward becoming an expert in restoring Japanese artwork. Yoan Rosenziveig, 36, from Nice, France, has devoted himself to improving his skills since he was...


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