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US soul star Bobby Womack dies at 70

Bobby Womack

US soul singer and songwriter Bobby Womack has died, his publicist said. He was 70.

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#Mexico arrests well-known vigilante leader

Mexican authorities arrested Jose Manuel Mireles, one of the most senior leader of vigilante groups that have been battling drug gangs in the western state of Michoacan, officials said. 

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Temporary blackout hits #Venezuela

A blackout has cut power to much of Venezuela including Caracas and other major cities, and interrupting a televised speech by the president in the country's second nationwide electricity outage in a year.

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US to stop producing or buying landmines

The White House says the US will no longer produce or acquire anti-personnel landmines in the future and intends to join the Ottawa Convention that bans their use.

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Obama seeks $500m to equip #Syria rebels

Barack Obama has called on the US Congress to approve $500m to train and equip vetted Syrian rebels, in what would be a significant escalation of US involvement in the conflict.

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Bolivia airport stabbings leave 11 injured

A man has injured 11 people with a kitchen knife during an attack at La Paz international airport, authorities said.

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#Mexico drug lord arrested watching World Cup

The head of the once-mighty Tijuana-based Arellano Felix drug cartel was arrested while watching Mexico's soccer team play in the World Cup, a top Mexican federal official has said.

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#Canada recaptures escaped Quebec inmates

Three men who escaped by helicopter from a Canadian prison two weeks ago were captured at a Montreal residence, Quebec provincial police said.

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Rousseff to run for #Brazil re-election

Brazil's ruling Workers' Party has formally nominated President Dilma Rousseff to run for re-election in October in what is shaping up to be its toughest race since winning power in 2002.

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Major US church votes to sanction #Israel

Presbyterians

A leading Christian church in the United States has endorsed a policy of divestment to protest Israel's policies towards Palestinians, deciding to sell church stock in three companies whose products Israel uses in the occupied territories.

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