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68th World Health Assembly sees Ebola crisis easing

May 18, 2015 - SWITZERLAND

The worst-ever Ebola outbreak appears to be easing, but the World Health Organization can still make the case at the 68th World Health Assembly in Geneva that budget cuts limited its options for controlling the epidemic.

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Hillary starts campaigning with a clear lead

May 13, 2015 - UNITED STATES

As Hillary Clinton holds a ‘kick off’ event to launch her campaign for the presidency in November 2016’s elections, she starts with strong support – 59 percent of Democratic voters saying that there was a good chance they would vote for her, according to a Pew Research Center poll. If she continues in this strong position, other candidates will be discouraged from running.

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Obama meets Gulf Cooperation Council leaders to discuss Iran, Yemen and other issues

May 13, 2015 - UNITED STATES

U.S. President Barack Obama hosts leaders from Gulf Cooperation Council countries at the White House and at the presidential retreat at Camp David, Maryland, the following day. This will be an opportunity to discuss concerns about the deal reached with Iran on its nuclear program, as well as the military campaign in Yemen by the Gulf nations.

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Cannes Film Festival 2015 needs a break!

May 13, 2015 - FRANCE

Facing increasing competition from festivals in Toronto, Venice and New York that occur in the autumn closer to the film awards presentations, the success of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival depends on whether the annual extravaganza of films and celebrities in the Mediterranean city can atone for Cannes 2014.

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Picasso’s Les femmes d’Alger to be sold at auction

May 11, 2015 - UNITED STATES

Picasso’s Les femmes d’Alger (version ‘O’) is expected to fetch more than US $40 million, an artwork auction world record, when it is sold at Christie’s. The city’s marquee sale also sees Van Gogh’s L’allée des Alyscamps auctioned by Sotheby’s May 5.

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