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World Water Problems on Tap at Brazil Conference

Brazil -- the country with the world's greatest fresh water reserves -- hosts an international conference next week on growing fears over the fragility of drinking water supplies in a heating planet.

Under the slogan "sharing water," the 8th World Water Forum will bring together 15 heads of state and government, 300 mayors and dozens of experts in the Brazilian capital Brasilia from Sunday to March 23.

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Britain, Russia Spy Sagas: Past Sanctions

Russia announced on Saturday the expulsion of 23 British diplomats in a tit-for-tat move following London's response to a nerve agent attack against a Russian former double agent in England.

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FIFA Lifts Three-Decade Ban on Iraq Hosting International Matches

FIFA has lifted its three-decade ban on Iraq hosting international football, a move hailed by the country's sports authorities on Saturday as a boost for its most popular game.

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Turkish Air Strike Kills 11 Civilians in Syria's Afrin

A Turkish air strike killed 11 civilians trying to flee Afrin in northern Syria on Saturday, a monitor said, as Turkey-led forces pressed an assault on the outskirts of the Kurdish-majority city.

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New Icy Blast Cancels over 100 Flights at London Heathrow

A fresh bout of snow on Saturday forced the cancellation of more than 100 flights in and out of London's Heathrow Airport, with a bad forecast threatening further disruption. 

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At Least 14 Migrants Die as Boat Capsizes off Greece

At least 14 migrants, including four children, died when a boat carrying about 20 people capsized overnight in the Aegean Sea, Greek police said Saturday.

The boat was ferrying migrants from Turkey to Greece. Police recovered eight more bodies after the corpses of a man, a woman and four children surfaced off the island of Agathonissi. 

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Israel Makes Arrests after Deadly West Bank Car Ramming

Israeli forces have arrested a brother and an uncle of a Palestinian accused of killing two soldiers in a West Bank car ramming late on Friday, the army said.

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Air Strikes on Syria's Ghouta Kill 30 Civilians

Air strikes on Eastern Ghouta killed at least 30 civilians on Saturday, a monitor said, almost a month into a blistering Russia-backed regime assault on the Syrian rebel enclave outside Damascus.

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Spring Comes to Tokyo with First Cherry Blossoms

Spring officially arrived in Tokyo on Saturday as Japan's weather agency declared the start of the cherry blossom season, prompting viewers to party under the trees with cherry-related items flooding the capital.

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Seven Dead as Philippine Plane Crashes into House

At least seven people were killed when a small plane crashed into house while trying to take off just outside the Philippine capital on Saturday, police and aviation officials said.

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