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4th Impact eliminated from X Factor UK thru public vote

THE all-Filipino girl group 4th Impact ended their journey on The X Factor UK this week despite outstanding performances of Jackson 5’s “I’ll Be There” and a great mash-up of Gwen Stefani and Eve’s “Rich Girl” and Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX’s “Fan

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Steel factory gas leak kills 10, injures 7 in China

BEIJING -- A gas leak at a steel parts factory in eastern China has killed 10 people and left seven others hospitalized with poisoning.

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Kobe Bryant says he will retire at end of season

LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant has decided to retire after this season, ending his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Drilon: LP to campaign harder for Roxas in Mindanao

THE ruling Liberal Party (LP) will campaign harder for its 2016 presidential bet Manuel Roxas II in Mindanao amid reports that some administration politicians there are thinking of shifting their support to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Senate

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Palace releases photos of 6-month-old Princess Charlotte

LONDON -- Princess Charlotte looks delighted with a cuddly toy dog in a photo taken by her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge.

It's one of two images of the six-month-old princess released Sunday by Kensington Palace.

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UN chief wants climate target review by 2020

PARIS -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said governments' pledges to cut global warming emissions aren't enough and should be reviewed before 2020.

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Study: About 1/3 of world cactus threatened with extinction

MEXICO CITY -- About a third of the world's cactus species are threatened with extinction, the International Union for Conservation of Nature warns in a new report.

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Earth is a wilder, warmer place since last climate deal made

PARIS -- This time, it's a hotter, waterier, wilder Earth that world leaders are trying to save.

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