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Obama slams 'politics of division' on return to campaign trail

RICHMOND, United States -- Barack Obama returned to the campaign trail on Thursday, railing against the "politics of division" after keeping a low profile and avoiding direct confrontation with his White House successor since leaving office.

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Japan emperor abdication set for March 2019

Tokyo, Japan -- Japan's Emperor Akihito will step down on March 31, 2019, a report said Friday, the first imperial retirement in more than two centuries.

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Facebook joins effort to boost newspaper subscriptions

WASHINGTON, United States -- Facebook announced Thursday initiatives to help struggling news organizations gain paid subscribers, following a similar move unveiled earlier this month by Google.

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Brazil city to give food pellets dubbed 'dog food' to poor school kids

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Nicknamed "dog food" and made from nearly expired left-overs, a new product designed to fight hunger among school kids in Brazil's largest city has sparked controversy.

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China mobile users tap phones to 'applaud' president's speech

BEIJING -- Missed out on the orchestrated applause at China's Communist Party Congress? Cheer up: this being China, you can join the praise through your mobile phone.

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Monument of love, the Taj Mahal, at heart of political storm

LUCKNOW, India -- India's famed monument of love, the white marble Taj Mahal, is finding itself at the heart of a political storm, with some members of the country's ruling Hindu right-wing party claiming that the mausoleum built by a Muslim emper

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'Frog fans' of China's elder Jiang light up social media

BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping was at the podium giving a three-and-a-half hour speech to outline his grand vision for a "new era" of China.

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Mugabe's wife sues over $1.35-M diamond ring: report

HARARE, Zimbabwe -- The wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has sued a Lebanese businessman for failing to deliver a $1.35-million diamond ring she ordered for her wedding anniversary, state media reported Wednesday.

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