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Afghanistan’s surprise ceasefire celebrations raise hopes for peace

|     Allison Jackson     | KABUL (AFP) - Extraordinary scenes of Afghan Taleban and security forces spontaneously celebrating a historic ceasefire showed many fighters on both sides...

Displaced Syrians find relief in tent-side World Cup screenings

AIN ISSA, Syria (AFP) - At a camp for the displaced in northern Syria, men and boys huddled near a projector to watch some...

South Africa’s black majority battles apartheid urban planning

CAPE TOWN (AFP) - "(Skin) colour gets darker the further away you are from the town centre," said Lindiwe, a middle-aged squatter explaining how...

Shadow of extremists falls on cattle farmers

MÉMÉ, Cameroon (AFP) - Issoufa Mahama is worried. To take his livestock out into the pasture beyond the village, he explained, is to roll...

Venezuela’s ‘millionaires’, the new poor

CARACAS (AFP) - Elizabeth Torres is outraged, but as a Venezuelan she takes the affront in her stride. "We are a country of millionaires,"...

World Cup fever fuels Vietnamese demand for products, services

HANOI (Xinhua) - In a well-known electronics store called MediaMart in Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi, after glancing at a 65-inch smart TV set...

Spain’s new government to remove Franco’s remains from mausoleum

MADRID (AFP) - Spain’s new Socialist government is determined to remove the remains of Francisco Franco from a vast mausoleum near Madrid and turn...

Syrian children celebrate Aidilfitri despite destruction left by war

|     Hummam Sheikh Ali     | DAMASCUS (Xinhua) - On a small playground in the countryside of Damascus, Syria’s capital, children’s giggles and cheerful shouts reverberated across...

Greek agricultural community seeks business opportunities

MOUNTAINOUS CORINTH (Xinhua) - In the highlands of Corinth prefecture at the Peloponnese peninsula, just two hours from Athens, local agricultural small businesses turn...

Hopeful Syrian boy moves on despite paralysis left by war

ALEPPO, Syria (Xinhua) - Abdullah Abduh-Rahman, a 10-year-old Syrian boy, hasn’t left a footprint anywhere for two years, since he has to resort to...

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