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‘This is what happens’: Police violently evict squatters around Brazil’s top World Cup stadium

At least seven people were injured Friday as authorities ousted squatters from an abandoned building and shacks surrounding it just steps from Rio’s iconic Maracana stadium. With the start of the World Cup two months away, Brazil has stepped up security efforts in the metropolis, where tens of thousands of…

Australia braces for aftermath of cyclone packing 140-mile-per-hour winds

A cyclone packing winds of up to 230 kilometres (140 miles) an hour hit northern Australia late Friday before weakening to a category two storm as it moved down the coast. Tens of thousands of people hunkered down as warnings of severe gales, flash flooding and storm tides continued through…

Iranian official: Scuffle over U.N. ambassador won’t derail nuclear talks

ANKARA (Reuters) – An Iranian official said on Friday a U.S. decision to deny a visa to an Iranian diplomat to allow him to become Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations would not affect Tehran’s nuclear talks with world powers. The official told Reuters it would be for the Iranian…

Japan to keep using nuclear power despite Fukushima disaster

Japan on Friday said nuclear power would remain an important source of energy as the government approved a new Basic Energy Plan, the first policy of its kind since the 2011 Fukushima disaster. The government of conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said atomic generation would resume once regulators were sure…

Pope Francis asks forgiveness for child sex abuse by Catholic priests

Pope Francis on Friday personally asked forgiveness for child sex abuse by priests — the first time he has made such an apology since being elected last year. “I feel compelled… to personally ask for forgiveness for the damage they have done for having sexually abused children,” the pope said…

Indian party leader expresses sympathy for three men who gang-raped student to death

The mother of a student who was fatally gang-raped on a bus led the outrage Friday against an Indian political leader who described three convicted multiple rapists as “poor fellows” who had made “mistakes”. During a rally in the state of Uttar Pradesh on Thursday, Mulayam Singh Yadav said his…

Man with 39 wives and 127 offspring courted in India election

As India holds the latest round of its mammoth elections Friday, one man — polygamist and sect leader Zionnghaka Chana — has become the voter every local politician wants to know. With 39 wives and 127 children and grandchildren, Chana is a voter like no other in the remote northeastern…

Search for Flight MH370 seeks plane’s ‘final resting place’

The hunt for “pings” from a missing Malaysian airliner’s black box narrowed in the remote Indian Ocean on Thursday after fresh signals were detected, raising hopes that wreckage will soon be found. With the beacon on flight MH370′s data recorders due to fade more than a month after the Boeing…

China’s booming military spending belies caution

With the world’s biggest military, China far outnumbers rival Japan in manpower, ships, aircraft and defence spending, but analysts say underlying weaknesses leave it still wary of a fight. The two Asian powers are embroiled in simmering territorial and historical rows, with the tensions highlighted this week in consecutive visits…

El Nino more than 50 percent likely by summer, forecaster says

The chances have increased over the past month that the much-feared El Nino phenomenon, which has the potential to wreak havoc on global crops, would strike by summer in the Northern Hemisphere, the federal U.S. weather forecaster said Thursday. In its monthly report, the Climate Prediction Center, an agency of…

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