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U.S. Census Bureau tests new methods for hard-to-count households

March 21, 2016 - UNITED STATES

Ahead of the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau will try out new technologies and methods on some 225,000 housing units in Harris County, Texas and another 225,000 in Los Angeles County, California. The methods under review in the six-month testing period rely heavily on self-reporting and the Internet, methods inconceivable to the country’s first census takers 226 years ago. They address a problem common to both 1790 census takers and today’s – non-responsive and un-cooperative households.

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Israel in U.S. seeking bigger defence package

March 20, 2016 - UNITED STATES

U.S. president Barack Obama and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu will discuss a new deal on defence aid to Israel. The current package, worth U.S. $3 billion annually, is due to expire in 2018.

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Presidential elections in the Republic of Congo

March 20, 2016 - REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Sassou Nguesso, who has ruled Congo Republic for 31 of the past 36 years, is expected to win. The 72-year-old successfully changed the constitution in a referendum in October, when 90 percent of voters agreed to allow him to seek another term.

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Kazakhstan holds snap parliamentary election

March 20, 2016 - KAZAKHSTAN

President Nursultan Nazarbayev moved the election for the 107-seat lower house of parliament forward from late 2016, explaining that the early vote would help the country cope with its economic pressures.

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Military announces names of presidency candidates

March 17, 2016 - MYANMAR

The military-controlled government will announce the names of its approved candidates for the country’s next president and two vice presidents, with the possibility that Aung San Suu Kyi’s name will be on the list. The 664-member legislature, now controlled by her National League for Democracy (NLD), will vote on the candidates before President Thein Sein steps down on Mar 30.

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IAAF World Indoor Championships

March 17, 2016 - UNITED STATES

More than 600 athletes from 200 countries compete in the IAAF World Indoor Championships. The competition is the first of the season on the road to the Rio Olympics in August.

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Rolf Harris faces further charges

March 17, 2016 - UNITED KINGDOM

Entertainer Rolf Harris, imprisoned in 2014 for sex attacks on girls as young as seven, appears in court charged with a further seven offences. The new cases relate to girls and women aged 12 to 27 between 1971 and 2004.

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St. Patrick’s Day march sees one fight waning as another surges

March 17, 2016 - UNITED STATES

Rule changes that allow gay groups to march under their own banners in New York’s St Patrick’s Day parade, the nation’s largest and oldest honouring the Irish saint, close one chapter in the fight over who is eligible to participate while opening another. Anti-abortion groups want to march under the pro-life banner and are incensed that the new rules make way for gays, but not them.

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Syrian civil war began five years ago

March 15, 2016 - SYRIA

Five years ago a deadly government crackdown on protests in the Southwestern town of Daara ignited Syria’s civil war. Five years on, no one is winning except the weapons’ manufacturers.

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Happy Birthday to All

March 14, 2016 - UNITED STATES

The song Happy Birthday To You can be sung without the threat of being sued if a court agrees to a US $14 million settlement from Warner/Chappell. A ruling in September said that the music publisher did not own the copyright.

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