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  1. Facebook users to 'spot' friends

    Facebook users to 'spot' friends

    Facebook is set to launch a new feature which allows smartphone users to see which of their friends are nearby.

  2. Algeria's ailing Bouteflika poised to clinch 4th term

    Algeria's ailing Bouteflika poised to clinch 4th term

    Algiers (AFP) - Ailing incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika was poised to clinch a fourth presidential term despite chronic health problems after Algerians voted Thursday in an election that saw 70 people wounded in protests.

  3. Café has no plans to remove phallic sign

    Café has no plans to remove phallic sign

    A US business has a sign with a symbol on it so phallic that people can’t help but wonder what it is actually supposed to represent, if not what it really, really looks like.

  4. Mariners' Choi hit with 50-game doping ban

    Mariners' Choi hit with 50-game doping ban

    New York (AFP) - Seattle Mariners first baseman Choi Ji-Man was suspended for 50 games without pay by Major League Baseball on Thursday after testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance.

  5. Russia, West reach deal on Ukraine crisis but Obama cautious

    Russia, West reach deal on Ukraine crisis but Obama cautious

    Geneva (AFP) - Russia, Ukraine and the West reached a surprise deal Thursday aimed at easing the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War, but US President Barack Obama cautioned it was uncertain if Moscow would stand by the agreement.

  6. Earth-like planet found in other zone

    Earth-like planet found in other zone

    The finding of a new planet has been described by scientists as "a landmark on the road to discovering habitable planets".

  7. Sina Weibo shares jump 19% in US debut

    Sina Weibo shares jump 19% in US debut

    New York (AFP) - Sina Weibo, China's answer to Twitter, debuted on the Nasdaq exchange Thursday with a 19.1 percent jump despite an IPO that went out undersubscribed and lower priced than hoped.

  8. Deadly Chilean fire 'contained' but still burning

    Deadly Chilean fire 'contained' but still burning

    Santiago (AFP) - A massive blaze in the historic Chilean port of Valparaiso that killed 15 people was contained Thursday but workers need several more days to completely extinguish it.

  9. Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez dead at 87

    Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez dead at 87

    Mexico City (AFP) - Colombia's Nobel-winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez died Thursday in Mexico City at the age of 87, the Colombian president said.

  10. Brazil police strike ends after looting, 39 deaths

    Brazil police strike ends after looting, 39 deaths

    Salvador (Brazil) (AFP) - Troops patrolled the World Cup host city of Salvador on Thursday after a deadly orgy of violence triggered by a police strike less than two months before thousands of fans descend on the coastal Brazilian metropolis for the football extravaganza.

  11. US woman doesn't blame bear for attack

    US woman doesn't blame bear for attack

    A woman who was bitten and dragged by a bear in Florida last week says she doesn't want wildlife officials to kill the animals.

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