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LAST_UPDATEFri, 28 Jul 2017 2pm

The Remote Pacific Island Awash With Our Plastic Trash

Researchers have found 37.7 million pieces of trash on the beaches of a tiny uninhabited island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Almost all of the garbage they found on Henderson Island was made from plastic.

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Iraq Says 90 Percent Of West Mosul Recaptured From 'Islamic State'

Iraqi forces have said the battle for Mosul is nearly over after reportedly retaking 90 percent of west Mosul from "Islamic State" (IS). The troops are moving into the Old City, where IS will likely make its last stand.

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Leitkultur: Germany Debates Assimilation Vs. Acceptance

As Germany struggles to accommodate an influx of refugees amid a far-right resurgence, a familiar term has re-emerged in the national political discourse. What does "leitkultur" mean with regard to German society?

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Reports: German Intelligence Recruited Head Of Neo-Nazi Group As Informant

Lawmakers are asking whether German inteligence went too far in hiring the head of the Blood and Honour group as an informant. Authorities are alleged to have offered him protection and showed leniency to his crimes.

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Philippine Commission Confirms Cayetano As Foreign Secretary

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano.

MANILA -- The Philippine Commission on Appointments confirmed on Wednesday the appointment of Senator Alan Peter Cayetano as secretary of foreign affairs, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

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Construction Of Thailand-China Railway Project To Start In 2017: Official

BANGKOK -- The construction of Thailand-China railway project from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima, which will be further extended to Nong Khai on the Thai-Lao border in the future, will start in 2017 for sure, China's Xinhua news agency reported Chatchai Thipsunaree, Permanent Secretary of Thailand's Ministry of Transport, as saying.

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Sharapova Snubbed For French Open Wild Card Slot

Tennis star Maria Sharapova has been denied a wild card entry to this year's French Open. Sharapova recently returned from a 15-month doping ban, and did not have ranking points to qualify directly.

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Brazil Ex-President Lula's Defence Team To File Complaint With UN

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

BRASILIA -- The defence team of former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva announced Tuesday they would lodge a new complaint with the United Nations' Committee on Human Rights, saying that Lula has been suffering politically motivated judicial persecution, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

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Consumers Eating 33 Pct More Salt Than They Should: Study

SYDNEY -- People are consuming far too much salt in their diets, according to a study released Wednesday, which found that participants were eating over 33 per cent more salt in their diets than they had thought, increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

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Germany's Highest Court Rules IP Addresses May Be Saved In Interest Of Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity takes priority over a person's data protection rights in some cases, the Federal Court has ruled. This specifically refers to the right to save IP addresses as defense against cyberattacks.

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