Pope Francis blows out birthday candle on extra-long pizza

December 17
Pope Francis blows out birthday candle on extra-long pizza
Pope Francis has blown out his birthday candle on an extra-long pizza at the Vatican to the delight of children.

Conservative Pinera wins another turn as Chile's president

December 17
Conservative Pinera wins another turn as Chile's president
Former President Sebastian Pinera's resounding victory in a presidential runoff election swings Chile back to the right and highlights the increasing number of conservative leaders who have won power in Latin America.
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China on Monday welcomed a Spanish court's decision to grant Beijing's request for the extradition of 121 Taiwanese nationals to China, a move that has drawn criticism from Taiwan, a self-ruled island.
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Chinese smartphone brand Huawei will start sales through U.S. carriers next year, a Huawei executive said Monday, stepping up the No. 3 global handset seller's presence in the home market of rival Apple Inc.
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