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Zimbabwe president urges court to toss opposition challenge

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Lawyers representing Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa have filed papers urging the country’s Constitutional Court to throw out an opposition challenge to his disputed election. The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has said Mnangagwa and the ruling ZANU-PF party won the July 30 election in this politically and…

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On Independence Day, Modi promises Indian manned space mission

(CNN)India will launch its first manned mission to space by 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his Independence Day address to the nation. Speaking from the ramparts of the historic red fort in New Delhi, Modi said it was a “dream” for the country to send a citizen to space before it celebrates 75 years of independence. “A child ...

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Japanese emperor tries to make amends for his father’s war

TOKYO >>For his last time, Japan’s Emperor Akihito addressed a memorial service Wednesday marking the end of World War II. Once again, he expressed “deep remorse” for the war. It was in keeping with what by all appearances has become a mission for Akihito over his 30-year reign: to make amends for a war fought in the name of his ...

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Newly Discovered Pterosaur Fossil Indicates Flying Reptiles Thrived Before Dinosaurs

A newly described species of pterosaur with a long, narrow head filled with sharp pointy teeth and a 1.5-meter wingspan had already mastered the skies by the time dinosaurs dominated the ancient world, IFL Science reports. Fossils of pterosaurs – winged reptiles that lived up until the Cretaceous extinction event – have been found around the world by intrepid researchers ...

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Greek Island Sanctuary Offers Purr-fect Job For Cat Lover

Have you always dreamed of escaping to an island with nothing but cats for company? Well, now’s your chance, USA Today reports. God’s Little People Cat Rescue, based in a “secluded nature preserved area” on the Greek island “paradise” of Syros, is looking for someone to look after 55 cats for while the sanctuary’s owner, Joan Bowell, is away. The ...

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Egyptian Road Workers Uncover Mysterious Sphinx

A mysterious sphinx has been discovered during roadwork in the Egyptian city of Luxor, Fox News reports. Mohamed Abdel Aziz, director general of Luxor Antiquities, announced the find Sunday, according to Egypt Today. The sphinx was found at the site of a road connecting Luxor Temple and the Temple of Karnak, two vast ancient temple complexes on the east side ...

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Vienna Tops Survey As World’s Most Livable City

Austria’s capital, Vienna, has beaten Australia’s Melbourne to be named the world’s most livable city, BBC News reports. It’s the first time a European city has topped the rankings of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) annual survey. The worldwide league table ranks 140 cities on a range of factors, including political and social stability, crime, education and access to healthcare. ...

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