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Cubans excited about Obama visit

CUBANS are excitedly anticipating the first visit to Cuba by a sitting American president in almost nine decades. Carlos Maza is a 48-year-old refrigerator repairman who says he’s never seen anything like it in his life and calls it “incredible.” Maza hopes US businesspeople and tourists will help the economy improve. He says change has been slow in Cuba, but ... Read More »

Deposed Marcos’s son campaigns for presidency

THREE decades after a “people power” revolt ousted his dictator father, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. was wooing voters on the campaign trail this week in his bid to become the Philippines’ next vice president. He has a decent shot at fulfilling that ambition — polls show he is in second place among six rivals. If he wins, that would put ... Read More »

NASA gets record number of astronaut wannabe applicants

SPACE  travel never looked so good. NASA announced Friday it received a record number of applicants — some 18,300 — for its next astronaut class. That’s more than double the previous record of 8,000 for the first space shuttle astronaut class in 1978. This time, NASA hit social media hard to promote the openings. The odds of getting picked are small; ... Read More »

UAE appoints woman to be ‘HAPPINESS’ minister

THE  United Arab Emirates has named a woman as its first minister of state for happiness and appointed a 22-year-old to a ministerial post overseeing youth affairs in a Cabinet shake-up designed to inject fresh thinking into the oil-rich country’s government. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced his new Cabinet in a series of Twitter posts Wednesday evening. He ... Read More »

WikiLeaks’s Assange finally off the hook?

 WIKILEAKS hopes that Sweden and the UK  would immediately lift the arrest warrant against organization’s founder Julian Assange and return his passport, should the United Nations rule that his detention was unlawful, a WikiLeaks spokesman told Sputnik on Thursday. Earlier in the day, media reports emerged claiming that the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Working ... Read More »

Rhodes statue will “not fall” at UK’s Oxford University

AN OXFORD University college has announced it will keep a statue of 19th century colonialist Cecil Rhodes on display, resisting pressure to remove it from student campaigners who say it glorifies a brutal racist. Inspired by protests at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, which led to its statue of Rhodes being removed last April, the “Rhodes Must ... Read More »

Ukrainian sentenced to 11 years in Russia for spying

A COURT  in Moscow has sentenced a Ukrainian man to 11 years in prison on spying charges in a case that comes amid continuing Russia-Ukraine tensions. The Moscow Regional Court delivered the verdict to Valentin Vygovsky Tuesday. The Federal Security Service, Russia’s main domestic security agency, said Vygovsky had contacted Russian aviation and space experts and offered them cash for ... Read More »

World’s billions have improved living standards:UN

THE  United Nations says that 2 billion people have lifted themselves out of low human development in the last 25 years. The Human Development Index by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) calls for equitable and decent work for all. The report was launched on Monday in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. “Work … is crucial for human progress,” ... Read More »

Europe to remain closed for economic migrants says Bulgaria

BULGARIAN deputy prime minister Ivaylo Kalfin said Friday that Europe is unable to open for economic migrants because the capacity for their inclusion in the labor market is not high. “Europe, including Bulgaria, will fulfill the obligation to receive people fleeing from war, but at this moment it is very difficult for Europe to open up for economic migrants,” Kalfin ... Read More »

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