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Niger floods leave 32 dead, 92,000 homeless


At least 38 people have been killed and more than 92,000 left homeless since June in disastrous floods in Niger, the United Nations said Wednesday. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said the deaths, up from a previous government toll of 14, followed torrential rains in August. ...

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Italy earthquake: Day of national mourning for victims

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A day of national mourning has begun in Italy for the almost 300 people who died when a powerful earthquake hit mountainous central regions. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is due to attend state funerals for victims from Arquata, one of the worst-hit towns. A state of emergency has been declared ...

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Canadian couple forced to live apart after 62 years

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An elderly Canadian couple who have been married for 62 years have been forced to live in separate care homes. A photo of Wolfram Gottschalk, 83, and his wife, Anita, 81, went viral after their granddaughter shared their story. Ashley Baryik, 29 said her grandparents have been separated because there ...

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Banks are forgetting their social function

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It is not only commercial banks that are creating problems (Communities count cost as high street banks vanish, 22 August). I act as treasurer to a small sports club and have, at the end of the summer, hundreds of pounds in match fees to bank in small change. Having changed ...

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marijuana makes lab rats lazy

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The main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana makes lab rats lazy, according to University of British Columbia researchers. The new research, published on Tuesday in the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, looked at the effects of both THC – the drug’s main active ingredient – and the non-psychoactive compound cannabidiol, or ...

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Nicolas Sarkozy to seek French presidency again


Former French head of state Nicolas Sarkozy has announced that he is a candidate to run again in next year’s presidential election. In order to stand, he must first win his centre-right Republicans party’s primary in November. Mr Sarkozy said he “felt he had the strength to lead the combat ...

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