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Olympic teams face Rio's polluted waterOlympic teams face Rio's polluted water

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Athletes in next year's Summer Olympics in Rio will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human faeces that they risk becoming ill.

An Associated Press analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues. Some competitors training in Rio have already fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhoea.


Afghan Taliban name a new leaderAfghan Taliban name a new leader

QUETTA -- The Taliban have chosen late supreme leader Mullah Mohammed Omar's longtime deputy, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, to replace him.

Possible MH370 debris foundPossible MH370 debris found

LONDON -- Air safety investigators have a “high degree of confidence’ that debris found in the Indian Ocean is part of a Boeing 777, the same model as MH370.


Mobile ads boost Facebook revenuesMobile ads boost Facebook revenues

NEW YORK -- Facebook revenues topped $4 billion for the first time, with mobile ads accounting for more than 72 percent of the second-quarter’s revenues.

Olive oil shortage drives prices upwardsOlive oil shortage drives prices upwards

SPAIN -- Olive oil prices are rising sharply after a severe drought in Spain’s Andalucia, while a deadly bacteria has hit crops in Puglia, Italy’s main olive-growing area.


Calais terminal migrant crisis deepensCalais terminal migrant crisis deepens

CALAIS -- Several hundred migrants were escorted away from the Channel Tunnel freight terminal by police on Wednesday – the third attempt to storm the terminal.

Who’s who in Turkey-U.S. safe zone dealWho’s who in Turkey-U.S. safe zone deal

LONDON -- Turkey supports the U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army fighting IS, and Army of Conquest, but opposes U.S.-backed Kurdish PYD and YPG.


Google, Apple prepare for smart home skirmishGoogle, Apple prepare for smart home skirmish

LONDON -- The “Internet of Things” is the next major technology battle, pitting Google’s Nest against Apple’s HomeKit for dominance of the smart home.

Malaysia off human trafficking blacklistMalaysia off human trafficking blacklist

HAWAII -- The U.S. has removed Malaysia from its list of the world's worst offending nations for human trafficking despite opposition from human rights groups.


Microsoft launch aims at mobile marketMicrosoft launch aims at mobile market

REDMOND -- Microsoft Corp has launched its new Windows 10 operating system almost three years after the launch of the company's last operating system.

Afghan reports claim Mullah Omar is deadAfghan reports claim Mullah Omar is dead

AFGHANISTAN -- Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar died two to three years ago, according to reports citing Afghan government and intelligence sources.


70th anniversary of atomic bombings70th anniversary of atomic bombings

JAPAN -- America dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima on August 6 and Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. Japan surrendered on August 15, bringing World War II to an end.

Trump leads Republicans' presidential contendersTrump leads Republicans' presidential contenders

U.S. -- Donald Trump is leading the pack among candidates for the 2016 Republican Party nomination for president, surging past Jeb Bush and Scott Walker.


Right-wing attacks on refugees soar in GermanyRight-wing attacks on refugees soar in Germany

GERMANY -- German extremists committed 173 attacks against places housing asylum-seekers during the first six months of this year – almost as many as the whole of 2014.

Koran found in UK may be world's oldestKoran found in UK may be world's oldest

BIRMINGHAM -- Fragments of a Koran discovered at the University of Birmingham may be the world’s oldest and date from the time of the Prophet Muhammad.


Tokyo demands China halt oil explorationTokyo demands China halt oil exploration

TOKYO -- Japan has called on China to halt construction of oil and gas exploration platforms in the East China Sea, close to waters claimed by both nations.

Renewed push to close Guantanamo Bay
Renewed push to close Guantanamo Bay

WASHINGTON -- The White House says it is in the final stages of drafting a plan to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.


Cold War nuclear bomb blast site leakingCold War nuclear bomb blast site leaking

RUNIT ISLAND -- A giant concrete dome filled with nuclear waste on a remote Pacific island is leaking radiation, caused by weathering.

Jul 31:  J K Rowling's 50th birthdayJul 31: J K Rowling's 50th birthday

PEOPLE -- Harry Potter fans await “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, which hits screens in Novermber 2016. Potter creator J K Rowling turns 50 on July 31.


World Agenda print and multimedia – AugustWorld Agenda print and multimedia – August

LONDON -- Events include the 70th anniversary of VJ Day, the first debate of Republican U.S. presidential hopefuls, and Australia’s emissions reductions target.

El Nino threat to food productionEl Nino threat to food production

PACIFIC -- The Pacific Ocean’s weather-changing El Nino will probably last into 2016 and be stronger than previously forecast, the U.S. Climate Prediction Center says.


Aug 5: Copa Libertadores finalAug 5: Copa Libertadores final

ARGENTINA -- The second leg is hosted by River Plate in Buenos Aires, after Mexico's Tigres held the Argentine side to a 0-0 draw in San Nicolás on July 29.

Jul 31: Winter Olympics 2022Jul 31: Winter Olympics 2022

KUALA LUMPUR -- The International Olympic Committee selects the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics Friday when Beijing goes head-to-head against Almaty.


Aug 8: Premier League seasonAug 8: Premier League season

LONDON -- Chelsea have released their new away kit for the 2015-16 Barclays Premier League season, which made its debut during their pre-season tie with Barcelona.

Jul 30-Aug 2: WRC FinlandJul 30-Aug 2: WRC Finland

JYVASKYLA -- Rally Finland features classic smooth gravel stages among forests and lakes with massive jumps, and is one of the fastest rallies on the calendar.


Aug 13-16: PGA ChampionshipAug 13-16: PGA Championship

KOHLER -- Located on the shores of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin, the Scottish links-inspired Straits Course features around 1,000 bunkers – more than any other course.

Rio 2016 Olympic torchRio 2016 Olympic torch

RIO DE JANEIRO -- The 2016 Olympic torch has been revealed ahead of next year’s Games in Rio de Janeiro, featuring an innovative recycled aluminium design.


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