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2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium is too big

2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium is too big

Oct 16, –  Fumihiko Maki, who has designed some spectacular buildings of his own, says he’s not criticizing the design of the stadium by award-winning British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, just the size. His office says he has the support of 100 other well-known people in Japan, including architects. A prominent Japanese architect is campaigning to […]

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Kerry calls for conference on Syria transition

Kerry calls for conference on Syria transition

Oct 14, – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the U.N-Arab League envoy for Syria said Monday that an international conference to set up a Syrian transitional government must be organized urgently and held as soon as possible. “There has to be a transition government, there has to be a new governing entity in […]

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Rio Tinto pink diamonds fetch record prices

Rio Tinto pink diamonds fetch record prices

Oct 14, – The highlight was the Argyle Phoenix, a 1.56 carat gem and one of three Fancy Red diamonds on offer, which sold for more than $2 million to a Singapore-based jeweller, the highest per-carat price paid for any diamond ever produced from Rio’s Argyle mine in Western Australia. The 2013 Argyle Pink Diamonds […]

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India moves to ease visa restrictions to attract tourists

India moves to ease visa restrictions to attract tourists

Oct 08, –  A meeting of senior officials from the home, foreign and tourism ministries, as well as intelligence officers, concluded on Monday evening with a consensus in favour of the sweeping visa reform. India is looking at issuing visas on arrival for visitors from 40 more countries, a minister has said, raising hopes it […]

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President Barack Obama takes economic, foreign policy agenda to UK

President Barack Obama takes economic, foreign policy agenda to UK

June 17, WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is taking a security, foreign policy and economic agenda to Northern Ireland for a meeting with heads of the leading industrial nations. He’s looking for consensus on Syria while pushing for common ground on trade, economic growth and tax policies. Obama left Washington on Sunday night and […]

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Pink balloons bring smiles in war-weary Afghan capital

Pink balloons bring smiles in war-weary Afghan capital

May 25, KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Each balloon contains a written message of peace from volunteers around the world, said Colombian-American artist Yazmany Arboleda, who organized the “We Believe in Balloons” day. More than 100 Afghan artists and other volunteers were up before dawn Saturday to put the messages inside and fill the balloons with […]

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North Korea sends high-profile Military official to China

North Korea sends high-profile Military official to China

May 22, PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Choe Ryong Hae, a top Workers’ Party official and a vice marshal tasked with supervising the North Korean military, departed on a chartered Air Koryo flight with a political and military delegation. Chinese Ambassador Liu Hongcai was among the dignitaries on the tarmac for his departure.   North […]

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Feds in NYC: Hackers stole $45M in ATM card breach

Feds in NYC: Hackers stole $45M in ATM card breach

NEW YORK (AP) — A worldwide gang of criminals stole $45 million in a matter of hours by hacking their way into a database of prepaid debit cards and then draining cash machines around the globe, federal prosecutors said Thursday — and outmoded U.S. card technology may be partly to blame. Seven people are under […]

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Japan, China argue over islands, shrine

Japan, China argue over islands, shrine

April 23, AP – “It would be natural for us to expel by force if [the Chinese] were to make a landing,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told parliament on Tuesday. Chinese patrol vessels have neared a disputed island group, prompting a warning from Japan’s prime minister that Tokyo would “expel by force” any Chinese […]

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