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Cocoa farmer Sam Turner grips tight as his bike wobbles along the country track in Ebola-hit eastern Sierra Leone, groaning under the weight of beans harvested a month late.
The arable district of Kenema — at the centre of the outbreak of the ...
 
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ALTMUENSTER, Austria: As Europe struggles with floods of refugees fleeing Syria and other hotspots, one award-winning village in Austria is showing that it is possible for locals and asylum-seekers to get along just fine.
Two years ago, when it ...
 
 

OUAGADOUGOU: Burkina Faso’s interim leaders are expected to unveil a new government lineup on Sunday, with the country anxious to see the extent of military influence under civilian President Michel Kafando.
Kafando, a former diplomat, took ...
 
 

LUANDA: “It’s a great joy for Angolans,” says Luciano Manuel, nudging his trolley through a huge supermarket in the Angolan capital of Luanda.
During almost 30 years of civil war, “we’ve never had a supermarket like this - it’s a undeniable ...
 
 

WASHINGTON: The US military has enlisted a new germ-killing weapon in the fight against Ebola — a four-wheeled robot that can disinfect a room in minutes with pulses of ultraviolet light.
Resembling a taller, skinnier version of R2D2 from “Star ...
 
 

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin said in an interview published on Sunday that Russia did not want to isolate itself behind a new Iron Curtain, which he said would be disastrous for the country.
Asked if Russia wanted to build new fences, he ...
 
 

In the backstreets of a run-down Tel Aviv neighbourhood, three Sudanese immigrants blast hip hop from mobile phones and rap about the broken promises of life in the Promised Land.
The youngsters travel regularly from southern Israel to meet in ...
 
 

BANGKOK: Two high-ranking Thai police officers have been arrested for royal defamation, an official said on Sunday, a rare charge against senior public servants as lese majeste cases mount following a May coup.
Central Investigation Bureau chief ...
 
 

Valerie Trierweiler has denied she tried to kill herself with an overdose of sleeping pills when she discovered that her boyfriend, François Hollande, the French president, was having an affair with an actress.
The denial came during the former ...
 
 

COOMBO: Following the defection of the ruling party’s general-secretary and his surprise announcement as common presidential candidate for the upcoming presidential elections, Maithripala Sirisena has vowed to abolish the executive presidency 100 ...
 
 

TUNIS: Tunisians voted on Sunday in their first presidential election since the 2011 revolution that sparked the Arab Spring, in a ballot set to round off an often fraught transition to democracy.
Among the 27 candidates the favourite is former ...
 
 

Facebook’s move to fulfill its ambition to be the personal “newspaper” for its billion-plus members is likely to mean more woes for the ailing news media.
The huge social network has become a key source of news for many users, as part of a ...
 
 

OCCUPIED-AL-QUDS: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Sunday that France’s parliament would be making a “grave mistake” if it recognises a Palestinian state in a vote on December 2.
”Do they have nothing better to do at a time ...
 
 

VIENNA: Iran and world powers engaged on Sunday in a diplomatic blitz less than 36 hours before a deadline for a nuclear deal, with Tehran signalling openness to extending talks by up to a year.
Officials on both sides insisted however that for ...
 
 

NICOSIA: Some 220 Syrian migrants crammed onto a fishing boat were rescued off the northern coast of Cyprus on Sunday as the vessel hit rough seas in the Mediterranean, authorities said.
Turkish Cypriot authorities were able to rescue the ...
 
 

FERGUSON, United States: The father of a black teenager killed by police in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson sought to ease tensions on Sunday as protesters stepped up calls for a grand jury to indict the white officer responsible.
The ...
 
 

Angelina Jolie has confirmed she is retiring from acting to focus on writing and directing. The Oscar winning actress said she had “never loved” being in front of the camera and felt “much happier” in an off-screen role.
Jolie, 39, told of her ...
 
 

WASHINGTON: Police in the US city of Cleveland shot and killed a 12-year-old boy who was in a playground waving around what turned out to be a replica gun, officials and reports said on Sunday.
Officers called to the scene on Saturday fired at ...
 
 

MANAMA: A war of words over Bahrain’s legislative election heightened on Sunday, with the leadership and the opposition, which boycotted the polls, at odds over the turnout rate and trading accusations of malpractice.
With the vote-counting ...