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Nigeria Moves to Make November 30th National Anti Piracy Day

Nigeria has proposed November 30, 2016, as National Anti-Piracy Day to promote efforts in the enforcement of laws to fight piracy and in repositioning the creative economy. The date was proposed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, when the caretaker committee of the Performing Musicians Employers …

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Kurdish and Arab Forces Liberate City of Manjib from ISIS Control

The Syrian city of Manjib has been freed from the control of the militant group ISIS, also known as “Daeesh.” The capture of the city, located on a key supply route between the Turkish border and the city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of Islamic State’s self-styled caliphate, deprives the …

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Chinese Olympic Swimmer Chen Xinyi Tests Positive for Banned Substance

Chinese swimmer Chen Xinyi tested positive for the banned substance hydrochlorothiazide on Thursday at the Rio Olympics, according to Chinese state news agency Xinhua. Hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic used as a masking agent, causing those who use it to make more urine, according to WebMD. The 18-year-old Xinyi, who finished fourth in the 100-meter butterfly …

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Sara Ahmed Becomes First Egyptian Woman to Win Olympic Medal

Egyptian weightlifter Sara Ahmed said she had blazed a trail for women athletes after becoming the first female from her country to stand on the Olympic podium with weightlifting bronze at Rio Wednesday. Ahmed, wearing a sports hijab, lifted 255 kg in the women’s 69kg weightlifting competition to finish third …

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Indian Activist Irom Sharmila Ends 16 Year Hunger Strike

One of India’s most prominent political activists ended a 16-year hunger strike Tuesday, licking honey from her hand and declaring “I will never forget this moment.” Irom Sharmila had been force-fed through a tube in her nose and held by police since November 2000, when she began her fast to …

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Japan’s Emperor Gives Rare Address to the Public On His Health and Age

In a rare televised address, Japan’s Emperor Akihito said if his health worsens he fears he will not be able to fulfill his duties. “I am already 80 years old, and fortunately I am now in good health,” said the monarch, who turns 83 in December. “However, when I consider …

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John McCain Condemns Donald Trump’s Attack on Parents of Fallen Muslim-American Soldier

Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump drew a fresh wave of criticism from members of his own party after he criticized the parents of Humayan Khan, a Muslim-American soldier that was killed in action. Those parents spoke at the Democratic National Convention and had stern words for Trump, which the nominee wasted no …

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Zika Virus Infections in Florida Confirmed

Both American athletes and sports fans have canceled plans to travel to Brazil for next week’s Olympics for fear of contracting the Zika virus. Now the apparent spread of Zika to Florida, confirmed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott Friday, means that Americans could face the risk of becoming infected in their own backyards. Scott announced that four …

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Two Brothers Arrested On Suspicion of Plotting to Attack Belgium

Two brothers have been arrested in Belgium on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office said Saturday, although a search of seven houses linked to the case turned up no weapons or explosives. Nourredine H., 33, and his brother Hamza H. were taken in for questioning Friday evening in the city of …

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