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Obama signs law blocking Iran's envoy to UN

US President Barack Obama has signed legislation aimed at blocking Iran's chosen ambassador to the United Nations, but says he is only treating it as guidance.

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Powerful earthquake rattles #Mexico

A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake has rattled Mexico's capital and Pacific coast, shaking buildings, shattering windows and prompting people to rush into the street as power went out.

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford begins re-election bid

Ford continues to enjoy considerable popularity despite scandals that led to the trimming of his authority [Reuters]Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has launched his re-election campaign, acknowledging the crack-cocaine scandal that has brought him international attention and promising to tackle city hall spending.

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Astronomers discover Earth-like planet

Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected - a distant, rocky world that is similar in size to our planet and orbiting in a life-friendly zone around a distant star.

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Canada 'concerned' about Muslim Brotherhood

Canada has expressed concern about the Muslim Brotherhood, the group, which is a target of a relentless crackdown by Egypt's military-installed authorities.

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, died on Thursday.

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Canadian plea for release of Al Jazeera staff

Thomas Mulcair, the leader of Canada's official opposition, has urged the country's prime minister to help secure the release of Al Jazeera staff being held in an Egyptian prison.

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Trial of Abu Hamza begins in New York

Prosecutor have told a jury in New York that an Egyptian Islamic preacher supported terrorism around the world and used religion as a cover to hide his actions.

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#Venezuela to widen protest 'truth commission'

Negotiators for the Venezuelan government and the opposition have agreed to broaden membership in a truth commission that is to investigate who is to blame for 41 deaths tied to weeks of political unrest.

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Canadian arrested for #Heartbleed hacking

A 19-year-old Canadian has become the first person arrested for theft of information related to the Heartbleed bug, a defect that allows hackers to bypass internet encryption code.

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