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Myanmar leader convenes peace talks to end civil war

August 31, 2016 - MYANMAR

A peace conference in Naypyidaw, convened by Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, brings together ethnic armed groups that have been fighting the army and each other for years. She can thank Chinese intervention for the presence of three Beijing-backed rebel groups at the talks, which are aimed at ending the country’s civil war.

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Justin Trudeau gets comic book treatment

August 31, 2016 - CANADA

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will appear in cartoon form on the cover of an alternative issue of the Marvel comic, Civil War II: Choosing Sides. Trudeau, a one-time boxer and nightclub bouncer before becoming a world leader, will be depicted in Maple leaf-adorned boxing gear advising a Canadian superhero team.

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U.S. airlines begin service to Cuba

August 31, 2016 - UNITED STATES

Six United States airlines expect to begin service to Cuba, with Jet
Blue earning the distinction of being the first to land there in more than 50 years. American Airlines follows with a flight Sep 7. The resumption of service marks the continuing détente between Washington and Havana after decades of estrangement.

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Dilma Rousseff hears Senate decision on her presidency

August 30, 2016 - BRAZIL

The Senate of South America’s largest economy will determine whether Brazil’s president is Dilma Rousseff or Michel Temer. She has been suspended from the presidency since May during impeachment proceedings, with Temer holding the reins as acting president.

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New roof over Ashe Stadium to keep top U.S. Open matches dry

August 29, 2016 - UNITED STATES

Finally, the players in the main stadium for the 2016 United States Open Tennis championship in New York won’t have matches interrupted by rain. Men’s No. 1 Novak Djokovic will be looking for his second consecutive U.S. Open win and Flavia Pennetta won’t: the Italian retired in 2015 after her first and only Grand Slam victory.

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National Parks Service begins second century under pressure

August 25, 2016 - UNITED STATES

The United States’ National Park Service (NPS) turns 100, an anniversary that spotlights the growing pressures on the the country’s 400-plus parks. Advocacy organizations for the parks assert that current and proposed funding are inadequate to protect them against myriad threats that include oil and gas drilling and encroachment.

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Turkey partners with Germany for computer and video game trade fair

August 17, 2016 - GERMANY

Turkey is the 2016 partner country for Gamescom, the vast annual trade fair at the Exhibition Centre in Cologne for the computer and video game industry. The partnership is aimed at building on the commercial prospects of a country with a very young population and a growing gaming culture.

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India and Pakistan celebrate 70th anniversary of independence from Britain

August 14, 2016 - INDIA-PAKISTAN,

Arch rivals India and Pakistan celebrate the 70th anniversary of independence from Britain with fanfare and speeches by India’s Narendra Modi and Pakistan’s Nawaz Sharif. Both prime ministers set aside the familiar hawkish note for the 69th anniversary, their cordial tones a sign that they might announce new initiatives on the 70th to ease decades of mutual hostility over Kashmir.

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