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Life's a Beach: Burkini Ban Demo Held in London

Brandishing beach balls, towels and inflatables, around 50 people protested against the burkini ban in France Thursday by creating a fake beach outside the country's embassy in London.

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U.N. Syria Envoy Expects 'Impact' from Kerry- Lavrov Meeting

The U.N. special envoy for Syria said Thursday upcoming U.S.-Russian talks could help his push to resume peace talks on the war-ravaged country.

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Biden Says Russian Gas Pipeline 'Bad' for Europe

Russia's pipeline project to pump gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea is a bad deal for Europe that would destabilize Ukraine, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday.

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Erdogan to Inaugurate Istanbul's Third Bosphorus Bridge

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday inaugurates Istanbul's third bridge to span the Bosphorus between Europe and Asia, a key project in his drive to create a lasting historical legacy.

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Vietnamese Woman Cuts Off Limbs for Insurance Payout

A Vietnamese woman paid a friend to cut off her hand and foot in a bid to claim a handsome insurance payout, state-run media reported Thursday.

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Brazil Senate Opens Impeachment Trial against Rousseff

The impeachment trial of Brazil's first woman president, Dilma Rousseff, got underway Thursday with high expectations that the suspended leader of Latin America's biggest economy will be sacked within days.

The Senate trial was opened by Supreme Court president Ricardo Lewandowski half an hour late in the blue-carpeted chamber at 9:30 am (1230 GMT).

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U.S. Nominates Kim for World Bank Second Term

The United States on Thursday threw its support behind World Bank chief Jim Yong Kim for a second term at the helm of the multilateral development lender.

"I am proud to announce that today the United States has nominated World Bank President Jim Kim for a second term," said US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew in a statement.

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Iraq Forces Retake Key Town South of Mosul

Iraqi forces backed by coalition air strikes on Thursday pushed the Islamic State group from Qayyarah, a northern town considered strategic for any future offensive against the jihadists' last stronghold of Mosul.

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France's Highest Court Mulls Bid to Reverse Burkini Ban

France's highest administrative court will Thursday examine a request to overturn a ban on the burkini after photographs of police surrounding a woman on a beach fueled the controversy over the Islamic swimsuit.

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Polish Dig Turns Up No Sign of Fabled 'Nazi Gold Train'

Two treasure hunters who have been digging for a Nazi gold train believed to be buried in southwest Poland said on Thursday they had given up after two weeks and zero results.

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