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Dubai to build world’s biggest mall

The Fashion Dome at Mall of the Emirates. Dubai is launching a project to build an entertainment and hotel district that will include the world’s largest shopping mall, the Emirate’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, said. Plans for the “Mall of…

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Whales serve as important ecosystem engineers, study finds

Experts have found that when it comes to the ecosystems in the oceans, the main engineers are the whales. According to the Press Trust of India, a study believes that when it comes to the earth’s oceans, how the globe’s carbon is stored…

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Nigerian army says it has killed 53 Boko Haram fighters

MAIDUGURI Nigeria (Reuters) – Nigeria’s military said on Saturday that it had killed 53 fighters from the Islamist Boko Haram group when it repelled an attack on a military base in the northeast Nigerian town of Damboa. A statement from defence spokesman Major-General Chris Olukolade added that five soldiers and a senior military officer had also been killed in an ...

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Netherlands defeats Costa Rica in penalty shootout

Costa Rica was supposed to have gone home a long time ago. Before Brazil, it had qualified for only three World Cups, making it out of the group stage only once. It was no better then the third-best qualifier from its own region. But on Saturday it won a ton of respect, playing the Netherlands to a scoreless draw over ...

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Ukrainian troops take over Sloviansk from militants

KIEV – Ukrainian troops have regained control over the eastern city of Sloviansk, a stronghold kept by militants for months, the Ukrainian presidential press service said Saturday. Militants who had come under an overnight mortar fire of…

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Queen Elizabeth gives her name to Britain’s biggest warship

Queen Elizabeth has smashed a bottle of whisky against Britain’s biggest warship as she gave her name to the new aircraft carrier at a ceremony in Scotland. The 65,000-tonne HMS Queen Elizabeth is one of two carriers being built at a cost of £6.2 billion ($11.36 billion) to overhaul Britain’s naval capabilities. The pomp of the ceremony at Rosyth Dockyard…

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Supreme Court ruling puts Hobby Lobby family in crosshairs

David Green felt like the black sheep of his family. His five other siblings had followed their preacher father into church work; David went into retail. But as his business successes mounted, he found his religious calling: using the financial might from his Hobby Lobby arts and crafts chain as an engine for evangelism. That mission, until recent years carried ...

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Federer, Djokovic set for showdown

LONDON — Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will meet for the Wimbledon title after the old guard held off the new in the semifinals Friday at the All England Club. Federer, chasing his record eighth Wimbledon championship, swept past Canada’s Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to reach his 25th Grand Slam final. Federer, who owns 17 major titles, broke once ...

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Andy Coulson to be sentenced for conspiring to hack phones

David Cameron’s former spin doctor, who faces up to two years in jail, among four ex-News of the World staff awaiting sentence Andy Coulson is expected to get a discount of several months off his sentence for previous good character. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters The disgraced former No 10 spin doctor Andy Coulson faces up to two years in jail when ...

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Scientists find how magic mushrooms alter the mind

LONDON (Reuters) – Scientists studying the effects of the psychedelic chemical in magic mushrooms have found the human brain displays a similar pattern of activity during dreams as it does during a mind-expanding drug trip. Psychedelic drugs such as LSD and magic mushrooms can profoundly alter the way we experience the world, but little is known about what physically happens ...

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