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Thousands await rescue amid deadly south Indian floods

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A truck carries people past a flooded road in Thrissur, in the southern Indian state of Kerala, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. Rescuers used helicopters and
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Minnesota Orchestra crosses divide between South Africa's grand halls and shantytowns

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Pakistan's Imran Khan sworn in as prime minister

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Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations engaged in a conversation with Macalester President Brian Rosenberg about world events. Ann

Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at 80

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Pakistan says Indian fire kills villager in Kashmir

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Saudi Arabia prepares for the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage

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British, Ukrainian paragliders are killed in Macedonia

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Hundreds of neo-Nazis march in Berlin, protected by police

Hundreds of neo-Nazis waving flags with the colors of the German Reich are marching through central Berlin, protected from counter-protesters by police in riot gear.
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