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Sidebar: Wimbledon a week later than usual

June 29, 2015 - UNITED KINGDOM

Breaking 150 years of tradition, the move of Wimbledon to a week later than usual creates a three week gap between the French Open and Wimbledon, giving players additional time to recover from Roland Garros and extending the grass court season

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Legislative election on another new date because of strife

June 29, 2015 - BURUNDI

The government postponed the parliamentary and local elections set for May 26 by 10 days, then 30 days, because of extreme political unrest following President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term and the failed military coup of May 13.

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UNESCO decision on Great Barrier Reef

June 28, 2015 - GERMANY

Unesco’s meeting in Bonn will decide whether to list the Great Barrier Reef, which has lost half its coral in the past 30 years, as “in danger”. The Australian government fears the move would affect its A$6 billion-a-year tourism industry.

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Theft of historic books threatens recorded history of mankind

June 26, 2015 - UNITED KINGDOM

Heritage experts gather to tackle the rise in theft of historic books, maps and manuscripts from national libraries. The Girolami library in Naples had thousands of volumes, including a 1518 edition of Thomas More’s Utopia, stolen by its own director.

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European Union targets migrant smuggling network

June 25, 2015 - LIBYA

European Union leaders anticipate launching a sea and air mission aimed at smashing migrant smuggling networks operating out of Libya, a program that has drawn fire from Libya and from refugee rights groups.

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