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De Souza rides 'Brazilian Wave' to world title

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  • Dec 18, 2015
Adriano de Souza kept the men's surfing world title in Brazilian hands when he was crowned champion at the final event on the pro tour, the Pipe Masters in Hawaii, on Thursday.Competing at the famed Pipeline on the north shore of Oahu, de Souza clinche...
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Five works from Gurlitt art trove were looted by Nazis, task force finds

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  • Jan 25, 2016
BERLIN A task force set up by the German government to determine the ownership history of more than 1,500 art works discovered in 2012 has found that only five were wrongfully taken from Jews, drawing criticism from Jewish groups.German tax inspectors ...
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Thailand is top Asia-Pacific tourist stop thanks to Chinese

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  • Jan 27, 2016
SINGAPORE Chinese tourists can't seem to get enough of Thailand, with visitor numbers to the Southeast Asian kingdom surging over the past year at one of the fastest clips in the Asia-Pacific region. In a year that saw the Thai military government grap...
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Astros, Padres set for Spring Training games in Mexico

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  • Jan 13, 2016
Major League Baseball will return to Mexico City for the first time in 12 years when the San Diego Padres and Houston Astros play a pair of Spring Training contests, MLB said on Wednesday.The games are scheduled for March 26 and 27.The Padres, who last...
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David Bowie releases new album 'Blackstar' on 69th birthday

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  • Jan 08, 2016
LONDON David Bowie marked his 69th birthday on Friday with the release of a new album, "Blackstar", with critics giving the thumbs up to the latest work in a long and innovative career.The singer, songwriter, actor and artist returns to the music scene...
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Major earthquake hits south Alaska, tremors felt in Anchorage

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  • Jan 24, 2016
A major earthquake hit southern Alaska early on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, setting off tremors felt more than 170 miles (280 km) away in the state's biggest city Anchorage.Twitter users reported feeling shaking, but there were no immediat...
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Cuban sugar harvest may fall due to El Nino-related weather

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  • Aug 17, 2015
HAVANA The first of 50 Cuban sugar mills open this week with prospects of reaching last season's production in doubt due to irregular weather caused by the El Nino phenomenon, sources close to the industry said.Cuba produced 1.9 million tonnes of raw s...
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EU team visits Thailand to assess fishing industry cleanup

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  • Jan 19, 2016
BANGKOK A European Union delegation that is visiting Thailand to weigh its progress in battling illegal and unregulated fishing will not make a decision this week on whether to ban Thai seafood products, the government said on Tuesday.Thailand, the wor...
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Abstract painter, sculptor Ellsworth Kelly dies at 92

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  • Dec 29, 2015
Influential American abstract painterĀ andĀ sculptor Ellsworth Kelly died on Sunday, said an art gallery owner in New York. He was 92.Matthew Marks of the Matthew Marks Gallery said Kelly died of natural causes at his home in Spencertown, New York. Mar...
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South American soccer bosses charged in latest FIFA graft probe

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  • Dec 03, 2015
WASHINGTON/ZURICH Soccer bosses from across South and Central America were among 16 people charged on Thursday with multimillion-dollar bribery schemes for marketing and broadcast rights, in a dismantling of a Latin American soccer network by U.S. pros...
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