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Prosecutor to mull death penalty opposition in nuns’ slaying

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Durant, Aug 30 (AP) - A Mississippi prosecutor said she hasn't decided whether to seek the death penalty for a man charged with killing two nuns who dedicated their lives to helping people in one of the poorest counties in the nation.

Relatives and colleagues of Sisters Margaret Held and Paula Merrill have publicly expressed their opposition to execution. A judge denied bond Monday to Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, of Kosciusko, Mississippi, who is charged with two counts of capital murder, one...
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British man dies after stabbing attack at Australian hostel

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Sydney, Aug 30 (AP) - A British man who police say was seriously wounded when he tried to save a British woman being stabbed to death at an Australian hostel died of his injuries on Tuesday, authorities said.

Thomas Jackson, 30, died in a hospital in the northeast Australian city of Townsville...
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Portugal’s Guterres tops 3rd poll for UN chief

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United Nations, Aug 30 (AP) - Portugal's former prime minister Antonio Guterres topped the third successive poll of candidates seeking to succeed Ban Ki-moon as the next U.N. secretary-general, making him the clear front-runner for the job as the world's top diplomat, U.N. diplomats said...
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European ships rescue thousands of migrants off Libyan coast

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Libya, Aug 30 (AP) - Italian naval ships and vessels from non-government groups rescued thousands of migrants off the Libyan coast on Monday, the latest surge in desperate attempts to flee to Europe driven by war, poverty, and human traffickers.

The dramatic operation took place just 21...
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UN says Israelis, Palestinians both imperil 2-state solution

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United Nations, Aug 30 (AP) - Political leaders on both sides of the Israeli Palestinian conflict continue to shy away from the steps needed for peace, further eroding the prospect of a two-state solution, the United Nations' Mideast envoy said Monday.

Nicolay Mladenov told the Security Council...
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