'Green Sheikh' visits Puerto Rico to promote ties to UAE

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A member of the United Arab Emirates royal family known as the “Green Sheikh” for his environmental work is visiting Puerto Rico to help promote economic ties amid a dire financial crisis. Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al Nuaimi told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he sees a lot of depression and hopelessness in the ...

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Cuban churches denounce U.S. probe of humanitarian aid project

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By Nelson Acosta HAVANA (Reuters) – The Cuban Council of Churches denounced the U.S. government on Wednesday for threatening to strip tax exempt status from Pastors for Peace, a group that has delivered humanitarian aid to Cuba for decades in defiance of Washington’s sanctions. Last month, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) notified the group’s parent organization, the Inter-religious Foundation for ...

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Obama meets Duterte after 'whore' slur: Philippines

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Vientiane (AFP) – Barack Obama briefly met with Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, Manila said, two days after the firebrand politician branded the US president a “son of a whore”. The encounter took place just before a dinner during a summit of regional leaders in Laos, according to the Philippine delegation. “They met at the holding room and they ...

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Dutchman dies in Tesla crash; firefighters feared electrocution

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By Toby Sterling AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – A Dutchman died on Wednesday after his Tesla collided with a tree, according to local authorities, and it took firefighters hours to remove his body from the vehicle due to fears they could be electrocuted. The cause of the crash on a highway about 40 kilometers east of Amsterdam was not known. Photos of ...

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Austria says may sue Hungary over migrants, plans new border restrictions

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By Shadia Nasralla VIENNA (Reuters) – Austria’s interior minister threatened on Wednesday to sue Hungary if it refused to take back migrants crossing their shared border, in an escalation of tensions over immigration ahead of next month’s presidential election. Pressured by a surge in support for the far-right Freedom Party (FPO), Austria’s government has repeatedly accused Hungary of letting migrants ...

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A Definitive Guide to the Best Sparkling Waters

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Carbonated Mineral Water Mineral water is defined as sparkling water that comes from a mineral spring. According to the The Food and Drug Administration, it must contain “no less than 250 ppm total dissolved solids that originates from a geologically and physically protected underground water source.” Neither minerals nor carbonation is added (with the exception of San Pellegrino; according to the ...

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E. Guinea leader's son to stand trial over French fortune

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Paris (AFP) – The son of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea’s veteran ruler will go on trial in France on charges of corruption and misusing public money to fund a jet-set lifestyle in Paris, judicial sources told AFP on Wednesday. Teodorin Obiang, currently vice president, is accused of using the proceeds of corruption and embezzlement to fund an array of eye-popping purchases, ...

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Zimbabwe court strikes down police ban on protests

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HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe’s High Court struck down on Wednesday a two-week ban on public protests issued by the police, a ruling hailed as a brave stand by the courts in the face of threats to the judiciary from President Robert Mugabe. Judge Priscilla Chigumba, who was deciding a case brought by political activists, said the official police notice issued ...

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U.S. warns Russia against interfering with Western politics

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By Phil Stewart OXFORD, England (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday warned Russia against interfering with Western “democratic processes” and accused Moscow of aggressive behavior aimed at eroding the international order. He did not elaborate on what Russia might be attempting to do or whether he was referring to hacking attacks on Democratic Party organizations in the ...

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