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Friday Aug 1, 2014

Tropical storm warnings issued as Bertha approaches Caribbean

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Tropical Storm Bertha approached the Caribbean on Friday as islands in the eastern region prepared for heavy rains and strong winds. The storm's maximum sustained winds increased slightly late Friday morning to 50 mph (85 kph), but no significant change in strength is expected in the next two days. Bertha was centred about...

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Friday Aug 1, 2014

2 Americans detained in North Korea say they will be tried soon, appeal for US help

Story ImagePYONGYANG, North Korea - Two American tourists charged with "anti-state" crimes in North Korea said Friday they expect to be tried soon and pleaded for help from the U.S. government to secure their release from what they say could be long prison terms.

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Friday Aug 1, 2014

Tunisia closes border crossing with Libya after people fleeing violence try to break through

Story ImageRAS AJDIR, Tunisia - Tunisia closed its main border crossing with Libya on Friday after thousands of stranded Egyptian and foreign nationals, fleeing militias' fighting and violence in Libya, tried to break through the passage, the Tunisian news agency said.

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Friday Aug 1, 2014

WHO: Ebola moving faster than efforts to control disease in West Africa; death toll 729+

Story ImageCONAKRY, Guinea - An Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 700 people in West Africa is moving faster than the efforts to control the disease, the head of the World Health Organization warned as presidents from the affected countries met Friday in Guinea's capital.

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Friday Aug 1, 2014

Judge commits two people to stand trial in death of Loretta Saunders

Story ImageHALIFAX - A Nova Scotia judge has committed two people accused in the death of Loretta Saunders to stand trial on charges of first-degree murder.

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Friday Aug 1, 2014

GM Canada agrees to pay $9 million, restore retirement benefits

Story ImageTORONTO - General Motors of Canada Ltd. has agreed to pay $9 million and restore most retirement benefits to nearly 3,300 salaried and executive retirees.

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Friday Aug 1, 2014

Ugandan court invalidates anti-gay measure because of lack of quorum in parliament

Story ImageKAMPALA, Uganda - A Ugandan court on Friday invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, saying the measure is illegal because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked a quorum.

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Friday Aug 1, 2014

Ottawa man faces 181 charges after police say 38 people were cyberbullied

OTTAWA - An Ottawa man faces 181 charges after police say 38 people in Canada and other countries were subjected to cyberbullying and harassment over a 12-year period.

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Friday Aug 1, 2014

Thick mud, rain hamper use of sniffer dogs, life-detecting equipment after India landslide

Story ImageMALIN, India - Rescuers searching for dozens of people still missing after a landslide in western India said Friday that sniffer dogs and machines to detect signs of life were all but useless in 15 feet (4.5 metres) of heavy mud and debris.

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Friday Aug 1, 2014

Pope slips out of Vatican for another surprise luncheon, visiting fellow Jesuits on feast day

ROME - Maybe Pope Francis is getting tired of the food in the Vatican hotel.

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Friday Aug 1, 2014

Meet the Fokkers: Spirit of World War I aviation alive in aerodrome north of New York City

Story ImageRHINEBECK, N.Y. - There's still a place where buzzing biplanes swoop in pursuit of German triplanes, where pilots in open cockpits let their scarves flutter in the wind.

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Friday Aug 1, 2014

Expert: 'Mini tornado' caused accident that killed New York skydiver and injured instructor

CALVERTON, N.Y. - A safety expert for a national skydiving association says a "mini tornado" caused the accident that killed a correction officer and injured his instructor during a tandem jump.

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