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Syrians find love in time of war

In the heart of Aleppo, besieged by Syrian troops for more than five weeks, a young couple who found love in a time of war exchange vows. Bombs dropped in the distance, but for a moment, those attending the modest wedding ceremony in the Saif al-Dawla neighborhood of Syria’s second…

Robbers make off with an estimated 11 tons of elderberries in Austria

A group of thieves worked hard for its haul this week in eastern Austria, picking a plantation’s entire crop of elderberries without the owner noticing. The smooth robbers made off with an estimated 11 tonnes of berries, worth about 6,000 euros ($7,500), local police said Saturday. The owner of the…

Illegal act: Ugandan artists stage play tackling LGBT taboos

Friends Samson and Olu share a beer and a moment of confidence after a game of pool at a typical Ugandan bar. “Olu, you know I’m gay,” Samson confides haltingly, with the admission sparking a chain of events that tears his existence as a successful businessman apart. The scene is…

China’s manufacturing slumps in August

China’s manufacturing activity slumped in August to a nine-month low, official figures showed Saturday, in the latest sign of serious weakness in the world’s second-largest economy. The government’s purchasing managers’ index (PMI) fell to 49.2 in August from 50.1 in July, according to a statement released by the China Federation of Logistics…

Venezuela investigating apparent massacre of Yanomami by illegal Brazilian miners

CARACAS — Venezuela has sent a team of investigators to the nation’s south to look into the apparent massacre in July of as many as 80 Yanomami Indians by illegal Brazilian miners. Forensics teams, officials and security forces were “visiting nine Yanomami communities” along the border with Brazil in Amazonas…

Princess Diana recalled fondly on 15th anniversal of her death

LONDON — Dozens of bouquets of flowers, posters and cards were left at the gates of Kensington Palace on Friday as Princess Diana was remembered on the 15th anniversary of her death. Tourists, well-wishers and passers-by took photos and read the tributes at the royal residence in the British capital,…

Quebec baffled by $30 million maple syrup heist

Maple syrup producers in Quebec found themselves in a sticky situation after thieves made off with millions of dollars worth of the breakfast sweetener that had been stored in a warehouse. Empty barrels were found at a warehouse that had held some 10 million pounds of syrup worth an estimated $30 million, indicating…

Assange expects to stay in Ecuador’s embassy for up to a year

Julian Assange expects to remain holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy for up to a year as the two countries struggle to resolve a diplomatic row over the controversial WikiLeaks founder. Assange took shelter in the embassy in June after exhausting all appeals against extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over sexual…

Russian murder suspect denies Pussy Riot link

Russian investigators said Friday they had detained a professor who confessed to trying to mislead the police by scrawling “Free Pussy Riot” in blood on a wall after murdering a mother and her daughter. The shock discovery of the message in support of the jailed female members of the anti-Kremlin…

Co-pilot unaware of Japan plane plunge for 17 seconds

A co-pilot who sent his Japanese passenger jet into a nosedive when he mistook a rudder control for a door lock did not notice anything was wrong for 17 seconds, a government report said Friday. The All Nippon Airways (ANA) flight, with 117 passengers and crew on board, dived 1,900…

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