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Netherlands’ Queen Beatrix gives farewell speech

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Netherlands’ Queen Beatrix thanked her people Monday and urged them to support her son, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, in a final address before she abdicates and he takes over as king. Beatrix, 75, is to sign the papers enacting the once-in-a-generation change of royal titles Tuesday morning, the central moment in several days of festivities that are ...

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Mark Zuckerberg $1 Salary Puts Him Elite Group Of $1 CEOs

Mark Zuckerberg’s salary is changing drastically, but his lifestyle probably won’t. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will take a huge pay cut and join the $1 salary club, according to an SEC filing. Zuckerberg will not receive any bonuses. It has become sort of a CEO tradition to cut your salary to $1 once your company is highly successful. Steve Jobs ...

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EU to ban pesticides linked to bee decline

The European Union appears set to impose a two-year ban on three pesticides linked to bee deaths after a majority of member countries voted in favour of a moratorium. A key committee of experts on Monday cleared the way for the European Commission to impose a proposed ban on insecticides blamed for a sharp decline in bee populations, when 15 ...

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Georgia holds first interracial school prom

Teenagers in a pocket of rural Georgia have held their first integrated school prom, ending decades of racial segregation that kept black and white pupils apart. Wilcox County High School students hold first racially integrated prom Photo: WMAZ-TV By Jon Swaine, New York 6:33PM BST 29 Apr 2013 The inaugural “Love Has No Colour” event proved to be a great ...

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U.S. troops in Afghanistan: Packing up and moving out

Amid the haunting ruined tents at FOB Lagman, where an Afghan Army battalion has taken over for an American brigade combat team. (Ben Brody/GlobalPost) KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — The impending drawdown of US forces in Afghanistan is readily visible at the larger bases. Two years ago, Forward Operating Base Pasab in Kandahar was home to barely 800 soldiers. Now closer to ...

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5 car bombs kill 36 in Shiite areas across Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Five car bombs struck in predominantly Shiite cities and districts in central and southern Iraq on Monday, killing 36 people and wounding dozens in the latest wave of violence roiling the country, Iraqi officials said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for Monday’s blasts but coordinated bombings in civilian areas are a favorite strategy used by al-Qaida in ...

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Is Obama the world’s funniest politician?

Barack Obama’s spoof Spielberg film, in which he plays Daniel Day-Lewis playing Obama, proves the president is a witty guy. Does any other political comedy act measure up? World leader in sense of humour shock! Barack Obama’s spoof Spielberg film, in which he plays Daniel Day-Lewis playing Obama, has shown that either the White House has some canny spin doctors, ...

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Last S. Korean workers to leave joint factory zone

PAJU, South Korea: South Korea was due Monday to pull out its last workers from a joint factory zone in North Korea — a rare symbol of cross-border cooperation now crippled by a tense military stand-off. The move raises the prospect of the permanent closure of the Kaesong complex, the last point of contact between the two Koreas and a ...

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Israel not to tolerate rocket fire: Netanyahu

Jerusalem, April 29: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that his country would not allow the intermittent firing of rockets into its territory and warned the continued attacks would be dealt aggressively. “I want to make clear that we will not tolerate a ‘drizzle’ policy,” reported Xinhua citing Netanyahu at the…

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