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Zara Co-founder Rosalia Mera Dies at Age 69

Rosalia Mera, co-founder of fashion retail chain Zara, has died at the age of 69. Mera suffered a brain hemorrhage on Wednesday while on vacation with her daughter, Sandra, in Menorca and died the following day, according to Spanish…

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South Korea Proposes Talks to Reunite Families Divided by War

SEOUL, South Korea — President Park Geun-hye of South Korea said Thursday that South and North Korea should resume arranging reunions of families separated by the Korean War six decades ago, and she renewed a proposal to build an “international peace park” straddling their heavily armed border. Ms. Park’s conciliatory overtures came a day after the Koreas agreed to reopen ...

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Death toll in Lebanon bombing climbs to 22

Beirut, Aug 16 (EFE). — The number of fatalities from a carbomb attack in a Shi’ite Muslim neighborhood of Beirut has reached 22, a Lebanese police source told Efe Friday. Another 228 people were injured in…

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Nasrallah vows more fighting in Syria

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said Friday he is ready to fight radical Muslims in Syria, a day after a deadly bombing in a Beirut stronghold of his Shiite pro-Damascus group. Nasrallah also accused Sunni extremists of responsibility for the car bombing that killed at least 22 people, in remarks after a previously unknown group, apparently a Syrian rebel cell, said ...

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Zimbabwe Opposition Withdraws Election Challenge

Zimbabwe’s opposition has withdrawn its court challenge to the results of last month’s elections, saying it does not expect to get fair treatment by the court. Douglas Mwonzora, a spokesman for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change , told VOA of the decision Friday, a day before the…

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Evacuations Lifted in Destructive Utah Wildfire

SALT LAKE CITY — A wildfire near a Utah mountain ski resort town was about halfway contained — and officials now say only seven houses were burned in the lighting-ignited blaze. Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @NYTNational for breaking news and headlines. Twitter List: Reporters and Editors Evacuations were lifted late Thursday night for about half of the houses ...

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Israel’s Livni sees peace talks aiding Arab world alliance shift

By Allyn Fisher-Ilan JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s top peace negotiator said on Friday newly resumed talks with the Palestinians also held a wider opportunity for Israel to seek alliances with Arab world moderates against militants in the Middle East. The U.S.-brokered talks were renewed last month after a three-year standoff, the latest session on Wednesday coming amid a row over ...

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President Peres meets with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (Prime Minister’s Office of Israel)

(Source: Prime Minister’s Office of Israel) (Communicated by the President’s Office) President Shimon Peres, this morning (Friday, 16 August 2013), at his Jerusalem Residence, met with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who is visiting the region in light of the resumption of peace talks in order to…

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FIFA Seeks Israel Help Over Palestinian Tournament

ZURICH — FIFA says six players and officials from visiting Arab teams still require Israeli permission to attend a youth soccer tournament hosted by the Palestine Football Association. PFA President Jibril Rajoub asked FIFA to suspend Israel over the issue on Thursday. The tournament, organized by the West Asian Football Federation and held in the West Bank, includes the Under-16…

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UN chief to Mideast rivals: We must overcome deep ‘scepticism’

JERUSALEM – UN chief Ban Ki-moon called on Israelis and Palestinians on Friday to overcome “deep scepticism” that he said risked thwarting efforts to reach a peace agreement. “We must overcome the deep scepticism that comes from 20 years of stalemate,”…

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