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  1. France gets rap on knuckles over smacking children

    Strasbourg (France) (AFP) - A top rights body said Wednesday that France was in violation of a European treaty because it did not fully ban the smacking of children, reigniting debate over the divisive issue.

  2. In crisis-hit Venezuela, even opponents miss Chavez

    In crisis-hit Venezuela, even opponents miss Chavez

    Caracas (AFP) - Since Hugo Chavez died two years ago, Venezuela's economy has tanked and the government has lurched toward more repressive tactics, triggering nostalgia among the late leftist firebrand's supporters and even his opponents.

  3. US ambassador attacked in Seoul

    US ambassador attacked in Seoul

    Seoul (AFP) - The US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was injured in an attack by a blade-wielding assailant Thursday in Seoul, police and television reports said.

  4. 'It was him' Boston bombings trial hears

    'It was him' Boston bombings trial hears

    Boston (AFP) - Lawyers for the student on trial for the Boston marathon bombings bluntly admitted Wednesday that he was responsible for the attacks, but insisted he had been led astray by his brother.

  5. FARC demands Colombia government release classified files

    FARC demands Colombia government release classified files

    Havana (AFP) - Colombia's FARC rebels called on the government Wednesday to release classified military and intelligence files about the half-century old civil war, saying full disclosure is key to any future reconciliation between the two sides.

  6. Mediterranean diet 'cuts heart risk'

    Mediterranean diet 'cuts heart risk'

    Scientists have found that people who closely adhered to a Mediterranean diet were less likely to develop heart disease than those who did not.

  7. New Uruguay govt in 'no rush' to sell pot at pharmacies

    New Uruguay govt in 'no rush' to sell pot at pharmacies

    Montevideo (AFP) - The government of newly sworn-in Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez is in no hurry to implement his predecessor's controversial world-first law allowing marijuana sales at pharmacies, an official said Wednesday.

  8. EU, Cuba resume talks to normalize relations

    EU, Cuba resume talks to normalize relations

    Havana (AFP) - The European Union and Cuba resumed negotiations Wednesday in a third round of talks aimed at normalizing relations, as Havana and Washington work through their own historic rapprochement.

  9. Pregnant woman discovers 'labour pains' actually bowel cancer

    Pregnant woman discovers 'labour pains' actually bowel cancer

    An expectant mother has received the devastating news that the pain she thought was caused by the early arrival of her child was in fact bowel cancer.

  10. Huge surge in migrants entered EU in 2014: Frontex

    Huge surge in migrants entered EU in 2014: Frontex

    Warsaw (AFP) - Nearly triple the number of migrants entered the European Union in 2014 compared to the previous year, mainly due to refugees fleeing war in Syria, the bloc's border agency said Wednesday.

  11. Family wants 'book thrown' at 2Day FM

    Family wants 'book thrown' at 2Day FM

    A spokesman for the family of a UK nurse who took her own life after the infamous 2Day FM royal hoax wants authorities to "throw the book" at the station.

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