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Total CEO de Margerie killed in Moscow business jet accident

MOSCOW - The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when a business jet collided with a snow plough during takeoff at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport, the company and airport officials said.

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China likely to close 'gift' loophole in corruption fight

BEIJING - China's largely rubber stamp parliament is likely to close a loophole when it meets next week to ban officials from getting around corruption allegations by claiming money received was simply a gift, a state-run newspaper said on Tuesday.

China 20 Oct 2014

Despite costly U.S. effort, Afghan poppy cultivation hits new high

WASHINGTON - Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan hit an all-time high in 2013 despite years of counter-narcotics efforts that have cost the United States $7.6 billion, the U.S. government watchdog for Afghanistan reconstruction spending said on Tuesday.

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Polls shows Rousseff gaining momentum as Brazil election nears

RIO DE JANEIRO/BRASILIA - President Dilma Rousseff is gaining momentum but remains locked in a dead heat with challenger Aecio Neves ahead of Sunday's runoff to Brazil's presidential election, two surveys showed on Monday.

Brazil 20 Oct 2014

Unfinished war in Sri Lanka threatens paradise regained

JAFFNA Sri Lanka (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the fishing village of Oori, two mothers await news of their young daughters who were taken to a care home three months ago after their alleged rape by members of the Sri Lankan navy.

United Nations 20 Oct 2014

Canada police kill 'radicalized' driver after he rams two soldiers

OTTAWA/MONTREAL - A Canadian man who was killed by police on Monday after trying to run over two soldiers in Quebec "had become radicalized," the government said after the first such incident in Canada since the country joined the fight against Islamic State militants.

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