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Pistorius starts five-year term for killing Reeva Steenkamp

PRETORIA - Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius started his five-year jail sentence on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, marking the end of a trial that has gripped South Africa and millions around the world. | Video

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Palestinians downbeat on promised rebuilding of ruined Gaza Strip

GAZA/RAMALLAH West Bank - The first torrential downpour of an approaching winter has already soaked the Gaza Strip, compounding the misery of thousands of Palestinians who scrambled to patch homes wrecked by the summer war with Israel.

United Nations 9:27am EDT

Total CEO de Margerie killed in Moscow as jet hits snow plow

MOSCOW - Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic and outspoken chief executive of the French oil company Total , was killed when his private jet hit a snow plow as it was taking off from Moscow's Vnukovo airport on Monday night. | Video

Iraqi refugees in Lebanon 'left behind, forgotten': charity

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thousands of Iraqi refugees in Lebanon face a daily struggle to survive because of a lack of jobs and the rising cost of food and accommodation, a Catholic charity said on Tuesday.

Iraq, Lebanon 8:49am EDT

Sudan's Bashir chosen by ruling party as candidate for 2015 elections

KHARTOUM - Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has been chosen as the ruling party's candidate in presidential elections scheduled for April 2015, a senior official from the movement said on Tuesday.

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Baghdad restaurant bombs kill 21

BAGHDAD - A series of bombs targeting restaurants across Baghdad killed at least 21 people on Tuesday, police and medics said.

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