Rome's Colosseum sparkles after magnate-funded restoration

Rome's Colosseum sparkles after magnate-funded restoration

The Colosseum has emerged more imposing than ever after its most extensive restoration, a multimillion-euro cleaning to remove a dreary, undignified patina of soot and grime from the ancient arena, which has been assailed for decades by pollution in traffic-clogged Rome.

Boris bows out: UK in shock as Johnson drops leadership bid

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Boris bows out: UK in shock as Johnson drops leadership bid
In a real-life political drama mixing Shakespearean tragedy with "House of Cards," Britain's victorious anti-EU campaigner Boris Johnson saw his chances of leading his country evaporate Thursday after the defection of a key ally.

Official: Suicide attack on Afghan police convoy kills 37

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Official: Suicide attack on Afghan police convoy kills 37
Taliban militants launched a twin suicide attack on Thursday, targeting a convoy of buses carrying Afghan police cadets outside of the capital and killing 37 people, mostly policemen, and wounding 40, an Afghan official said.
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