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Mahinda Rajapaksa runs for election in parliamentary elections

August 17, 2015 - SRI LANKA

Wartime leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, who faces a United Nations war crimes investigation, stands for prime minister in elections. Months of coalition government deadlock forced president Maithripala Sirisena, his bitter rival, to nominate him to avoid a split.

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US flag to fly again in Cuba

August 14, 2015 - CUBA

United States Secretary of State John Kerry travels to Havana to raise the American flag over the U.S. embassy, making history as the first U.S. secretary of state to visit Cuba in 70 years.

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ESA Philae comet lander at closest point to Sun

August 13, 2015 - SPACE

History-making Philae, perched on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko 186 million miles from Earth, reaches the point of closest approach to the Sun. The lander’s batteries came to life in June as sunshine reached its shaded perch, and it sent home a message.

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Prisoner sues to be allowed transgender surgery

August 10, 2015 - UNITED STATES

Transgender rights takes centre stage when the case of prisoner Michelle Norsworthy, who is suing to be allowed surgery, is heard by the appeals court. U.S. violence against transgender women is at a high with eleven murders this year.

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2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits

August 10, 2015 - UNITED STATES

Jordan Spieth will aim to capture the top spot in world rankings at the U.S. PGA golf tournament at Whistling Straits. His fourth placed finish at the British Open cost him the Grand Slam but he can still join Ben Hogan, in 1953, and Tiger Woods, in 2000, as the only players to win three majors in a season.

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Voters to the polls at last in beleaguered Haiti

August 9, 2015 - HAITI

If political upheaval doesn’t scuttle the plan and in the absence of a functioning parliament, the Caribbean nation will vote for two-thirds of its Senate and the entire Chamber of Deputies in the long-overdue election for the 50th Legislature.

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