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Guatemala army chief of staff dies in helicopter crash

Guatemala army chief of staff dies in helicopter crash

Guatemalan army chief of staff Rudy Ortiz and four other military officers died on Wednesday (Aug 20) when their helicopter crashed in a mountainous region where drug traffickers operate, the government said.

Japan man, 80, starts Everest ascent

Japan man, 80, starts Everest ascent

An 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer has begun his ascent of Mount Everest, his website said, in a bid to become the oldest man to reach the roof of the world.

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Obama and Erdogan demand Assad step down

Obama and Erdogan demand Assad step down

President Barack Obama met Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday as world leaders scramble to find a way to ease Bashar al-Assad from power and end Syria's bloody civil war.

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IMF's Lagarde warns rising income gap hurts growth

IMF's Lagarde warns rising income gap hurts growth

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde on Wednesday decried rising income disparity, noting its harmful effect on global economic growth.

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US targets Iran rial, gold imports in sanctions pressure

US targets Iran rial, gold imports in sanctions pressure

The United States is working to block sales of gold to Iranians in order to undermine their currency, the rial, and to step up pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program.

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Obama condemns

Obama condemns "intolerable" tax agency scandal

US President Barack Obama said an inquiry into allegations federal tax agency staff had unfairly targeted conservative groups had uncovered "intolerable and inexcusable" behavior.

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Putin, Netanyahu hold crunch talks on Syria conflict

Putin, Netanyahu hold crunch talks on Syria conflict

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed Tuesday the conflict in Syria as concern grew about Moscow's arms deliveries to the Damascus regime and a spiralling death toll.

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US, Britain press Russia on Syria

US, Britain press Russia on Syria

The United States and Britain on Monday pledged to forge ahead with diplomatic efforts to end the civil war in Syria.

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SARS-like virus in Saudi Arabia kills 15

SARS-like virus in Saudi Arabia kills 15

Fifteen people in Saudi Arabia have died from a SARS-like virus out of 24 people who contracted it since last August, Health Minister Abdullah al-Rabia said on Sunday.

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G7 smoothes divisions, agrees on currency policy

G7 smoothes divisions, agrees on currency policy

The Group of Seven advanced economies smoothed over US-European differences at a weekend meeting on how to balance deep austerity measures with ways to support fragile growth.

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G7 talks growth, austerity amid yen concerns

G7 talks growth, austerity amid yen concerns

The Group of Seven top economies kick-started fresh talks on spurring growth on Friday amid US-Europe divisions over the scale of austerity and renewed market focus on "currency wars" after the yen hit new dollar lows.

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IMF sees no immediate need for Greek debt haircut

IMF sees no immediate need for Greek debt haircut

The International Monetary Fund on Thursday dismissed the idea of a fresh debt write-down for Greece and said the country could receive its next bailout instalment in early June.

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Boston police chief not warned about Tsarnaevs

Boston police chief not warned about Tsarnaevs

Boston's top cop said Thursday his department was not briefed on a Russian intelligence warning about alleged bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev ahead of last month's devastating marathon blasts.

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Jury convicts US woman in lurid murder case

Jury convicts US woman in lurid murder case

A US jury convicted a 32-year-old woman, Jodi Arias, of first degree murder Wednesday after a trial which gripped US media attention with lurid details of sex, lies and graphic violence.

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US man charged with rape, kidnap after 10-year ordeal

US man charged with rape, kidnap after 10-year ordeal

US prosecutors charged a 52-year-old bus driver on Wednesday with the kidnap and rape of three young women who were imprisoned in his Cleveland home.

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Russia, US agree joint push for peace in Syria

Russia, US agree joint push for peace in Syria

The United States and Russia on Tuesday agreed to push both warring sides in the Syria conflict to find a negotiated solution and to hold an international conference in search of peace.

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