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Space: the Olympic flame's final frontier

Space: the Olympic flame's final frontier

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 in Politics

Russian President Vladimir Putin handles a torch in Moscow on October 6, 2013, to start the relay across Russia
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When Russia first floated the idea of sending the Olympic flame to the International Space Station (ISS) ahead of next year’s Winter Games in Sochi, most people treated it as a joke.

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Irish PM under fire over referendum defeat

Irish PM under fire over referendum defeat

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 in Politics

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny attends a press conference after the European Union leaders summit on June 28, 2013 at the EU headquarters in Brussels
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Irish media savaged Prime Minister Enda Kenny Sunday after voters rejected his money-saving plan to scrap the upper house of parliament in the bailed-out eurozone nation, with one paper describing it as a “humiliation.”

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Olympic flame arrives in Moscow ahead of Sochi Games

Olympic flame arrives in Moscow ahead of Sochi Games

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 in Politics

Actress Ino Menegaki, playing a high priestess, lights a torch from a cauldron on October 5, 2013, during the handover ceremony of the Olympic Flame for the XXII Winter Olympic Games Sochi 2014 at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens
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The Olympic flame arrived in Moscow on Sunday ahead of next year’s Winter Games in Sochi that have been marred by protests over Russia’s new “gay propaganda” ban.

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Egypt braces for rival demos on 1973 war anniversary

Egypt braces for rival demos on 1973 war anniversary

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 in Politics

Egyptian police detain a protester from the Muslim Brotherhood during clashes between supporters and opponents of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi in the capital Cairo on October 4, 2013
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Egypt on Sunday braced for rival demonstrations called by supporters and opponents of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi as it marks the 40th anniversary of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.

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Argentine president on 1-month rest after head trauma

Argentine president on 1-month rest after head trauma

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 in Politics

Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner, pictured August 27, has been ordered to rest for a month after doctors found a brain hemorrhage linked to an August incident
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Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner has been ordered to rest for a month after doctors found a brain hemorrhage linked to an August incident, her spokesman said.

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