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New centre highlights US Senate and late Sen. Edward Kennedy

March 29, 2015 - UNITED STATES

Full-scale replicas of the United States Senate chamber and the office of the late Senator Edward Kennedy open to the public in his home state of Massachusetts. But for the Chappaquiddick Island scandal in 1969, the replica of Kennedy’s workplace might have been the Oval Office at the White House.

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Pilgrims converge on Avila for 500th birthday of St. Teresa

March 28, 2015 - SPAIN

A throng of Catholics will journey to the city of Avila, birth place of St. Teresa of Avila, for the 500th anniversary of the birth of the nun who is the first woman doctor of the church. The day holds particular significance for Carmelites as St. Teresa joined the order of nuns at the beginning of her religious life. Pope Francis has been invited.

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Presidential and legislative election on new date

March 28, 2015 - NIGERIA

The presidential and National Assembly elections in Africa’s most populous nation, postponed from February 14, are now scheduled for March 28, with officials still worrying that security forces fighting Boko Haram extremists will not be able to ensure voter safety.

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NASA conducts unprecedented study involving identical twins

March 27, 2015 - SPACE

The first 12-month mission to the International Space Station and first space-based study involving twins starts when NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko leave from Baikonur Cosmodrome for a stay that will span Expedition 43 and 44.

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England’s King Richard III to be reburied

March 26, 2015 - UNITED KINGDOM

King Richard III of England, whose body was discovered under a municipal car park in 2012, will be reburied in Leicester Cathedral, near where he was slain in battle 500 years ago.

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Mahmoud Abbas turns 80 with mixed legacy

March 26, 2015 - PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas turns 80, looking back on bold moves to bring Palestinian statehood closer and a blighted decade of leadership.

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Gaza conflict war crime report expected

March 23, 2015 - GENEVA

A United Nations war crimes enquiry report on the Gaza conflict is due. Officials say publication will go ahead though Israel\’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to shelve it after the chairman, William Schabas, resigned.

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National Front seen as front-runner in municipal election

March 22, 2015 - FRANCE

French voters head to the polls on March 22 and 29 to renew local councils, with the deadly attack on a Paris satirical magazine on January 7, 2015, by suspected Islamic militants well-timed to boost the fortunes of the far-right National Front.

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