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ABBA Reunites With Avatars for TV Tribute

It’s the closest thing yet to an ABBA reunion: computerized avatars of Sweden’s legendary disco group will perform during a televised tribute to the quartet to be broadcast this autumn, ABBA member Bjorn Ulvaeus said Thursday. Agnetha Faltskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson split up in 1982 after …

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Venezuela’s Congress Pushes for Graft Trial Against Maduro

CARACAS, VENEZUELA —  Venezuela’s opposition-controlled but essentially powerless congress gave a group of self-exiled judges permission Tuesday to put President Nicolas Maduro on trial for allegedly seeking bribes from Odebrecht, the Brazilian construction giant at the center of a regional corruption scandal. Maduro’s trial will only be symbolic, as the …

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Pakistan, Poland sign defence cooperation agreement | World

Pakistan Minister for Defence Khurram Dastgir Khan and his Polish counterpart Mariusz Blaszczak. Photo: Geo News Pakistan Minister for Defence Khurram Dastgir-Khan and his Polish counterpart Mariusz Blaszczak signed an agreement between the two countries on cooperation in the field of defence in Warsaw today. The two sides hailed the agreement as …

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Russia Demands Compensation for US Tariffs on Aluminum, Steel

Russia demanded compensation from the U.S. for its worldwide tariffs on foreign aluminum and steel Thursday, becoming the third influential member of the World Trade Organization to do so. China, the European Union and India have also objected, arguing the tariffs are a “safeguard” measure to protect U.S. domestic products …

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CIA Director Nominee to Face Confirmation Hearing in May

The confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency will begin next month. The current deputy CIA director Gina Haspel will testify before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence starting on May 9, the committee announced Thursday. If confirmed, Haspel would replace Mike Pompeo, who …

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Luxury Liner QE2 Reopens as Floating Hotel in Dubai

DUBAI —  The Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) ocean liner has been given a new lease on life as a floating hotel in Dubai, 10 years after the Gulf Arab emirate bought it for $100 million. State-owned Dubai World bought the QE2 from Cunard Line in 2007, but the 2008 financial …

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Attacker in Berlin Skullcap Case Turns Himself In to Police

BERLIN —  A 19-year-old Syrian asylum-seeker has turned himself in to police after his violent attack on a man wearing a Jewish skullcap in Berlin caused outrage across Germany. Police spokesman Winfrid Wenzel said the young Syrian showed up with his lawyer at a police precinct Thursday. The 21-year-old victim, …

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Taiwan Calls Chinese Military Drills a Threat to Region

BEIJING —  Taiwan’s government said Thursday that recent Chinese military drills aim to intimidate the island and are a threat to regional peace and stability. China’s attempts to “pressure and harass Taiwan and seek to raise tensions between the sides and in the region,” the Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council said …

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Cambodia’s Nice New TV Channel from China

PHNOM PENH —  Life is good at NICE TV. Staff enjoy generous benefits at the new Chinese network and their flashy building, directly inside Cambodia’s Ministry of Interior, boasts an elegant restaurant on the fifth floor with 360 degree views of the city’s political heartland. News manager Seang Sophorn is …

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As Raul Castro Steps Aside, a New Era for Cuba

For the first time in nearly 60 years, a Castro will not lead Cuba. This will happen after the country’s National Assembly approves First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel to replace President Raul Castro This was a long-planned transition, but is unlikely to bring much immediate change to the Communist-ruled country, …

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