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Cambridge Analytica announces ‘ceasing all operations’

London, May 2, 2018 (AFP) – Cambridge Analytica, the UK marketing analytics firm at the heart of the Facebook data scandal, announced Wednesday it was “immediately ceasing all operations” and filing for insolvency in Britain and the United States. “It has been determined that it is no longer viable to …

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IMF warns Arab states against complacency over debt

Dubai, May 2, 2018 (AFP) -The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday warned Arab states against complacency over a looming debt crisis, urging continued economic reforms despite a rise in oil prices. Crude prices have rebounded in the region thanks to a deal by producers to trim production, but the IMF …

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Macron reiterates need to keep Iran nuclear deal

Sydney, May 2, 2018 (AFP) – French leader Emmanuel Macron reinforced Wednesday his commitment to the Iran nuclear deal, saying no one wants an escalation of tensions in the region, while admitting the accord needed strengthening. US President Donald Trump is threatening to pull out of the agreement, negotiated in …

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Tourists flocking to Peru’s newfound ‘Rainbow Mountain’

PITUMARCA, Peru (AP) — Tourists gasp for breath as they climb for two hours to a peak in the Peruvian Andes that stands 16,404 feet (5,000 meters) above sea level. They’re dead tired, but stunned by the magical beauty unfurled before them. Stripes of turquoise, lavender and gold blanket what …

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Philippines moves to halt Kuwait migrant row

Manila, May 1, 2018 (AFP) – The Philippines on Tuesday welcomed an olive branch from Kuwait in a migrant labour row, days after its President Rodrigo Duterte announced a permanent ban on workers going to the Gulf state. The dispute, simmering for months, erupted last week when Kuwait expelled the …

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Child brides sold into sex slavery, domestic work, say Indian officials

MUMBAI, May 1(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Girls are being trafficked into domestic servitude or sex slavery after their parents illegally marry them off, said officials in the Indian state of Maharashtra on Tuesday. Researchers are conducting the state’s first survey into links between child marriage and slavery, according to Vijaya …

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Australian cardinal to face trial on sexual abuse charges

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis, must stand trial on charges alleging he sexually abused multiple victims decades ago, a magistrate ruled Tuesday. Magistrate Belinda Wallington dismissed around half the charges that had …

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Workers in Philippines, elsewhere rally to mark May Day

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Thousands of workers and activists marched to the Philippines’ presidential palace on Tuesday to demand the government address labor issues, as workers in the Southeast Asian country and elsewhere marked May Day. In Manila, about 5,000 people from various groups held a rally near Malacanang Palace …

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Myanmar military assures U.N of “harsh” action on sexual assault

SITTWE, Myanmar, May 1 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military has assured the United Nations of “harsh” action against perpetrators of sexual violence, state media reported on Tuesday, as U.N. envoys travelled to Rakhine State where the military conducted a widely criticised crackdown. Nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled from Rakhine State to …

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Ethics experts review cricket culture after cheating scandal

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Cricket Australia has appointed The Ethics Centre to conduct a review into the national running of the sport in the wake of a cheating scandal that resulted in test captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner being banned for 12 months after being sent home from …

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