Glaciers could have sculpted Mars valleys: study

The question of whether ancient life could have existed on Mars centers on the water that once flowed there, but new research published Monday suggests that many of the Red Planet's valleys were gouged by icy glaciers not rivers.

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Black 'rock' from AD 79 Italy eruption is part of exploded brain

It looks like a piece of rock - black, shiny and unexceptional.

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Oklahoma scores $85 million in opioid settlement from Israeli drugmaker Teva

Israeli pharmaceutical giant Teva agreed on Sunday to pay the US state of Oklahoma $85 million to settle a lawsuit accusing it of fueling the state's opioid epidemic, Oklahoma's attorney general said.

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Westgate mall terrorist attack has roots in Kenya's intervention in Somalia

The ongoing situation at the Westgate mall in Nairobi is the latest manifestation of the increasingly tangled ties between Kenya and its anarchic Horn of Africa neighbour Somalia.

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Celebrity pastor under fire after worshippers die in rush for 'holy water'

TB Joshua promises to pay medical expenses from fatal stampede at Synagogue Church of All Nations in Ghana, says Afua Hirsch

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Counting begins in landmark Pakistan elections

Counting got underway Saturday in Pakistan's landmark elections after millions of people defied deadly Taliban attacks to take part in an historic democratic transition in the nuclear-armed state.

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Serbia approves deal to normalize ties with Kosovo

Serbia's government on Monday approved the EU-brokered deal with breakaway Kosovo, a historic agreement aimed at turning the page on the Balkans' last simmering trouble-spot 14 years after the end of hostilities.

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Skin-lightening creams faces backlash in west Africa

New advert for 'all white' product promising extreme skin-whitening provokes public outrage and calls for ban

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New black 'Rooti' dolls aim to foster African knowledge and pride

'Rooti' dolls designed to help western children of African parents stay in touch with their heritage

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Human rights group holds summit in repressive Equatorial Guinea

Its president is known as one of the most despotic in Africa, his heir stands accused of squandering millions of public funds on Michael Jackson memorabilia and the majority of its people live on less than $1 per day.

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Leaked documents: Shell oil spending millions on security in Nigeria

Shell is paying Nigerian security forces tens of millions of dollars a year to guard their installations and staff in the Niger delta, according to leaked internal financial data seen by the Guardian. The oil giant also maintains a 1,200-strong internal police force in Nigeria, plus a network of plainclothes informants.

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