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Schumacher Shows Some Signs of Improvement

The seven-time Formula 1 world champion, Michael Schumacher, issued "small signs" of waking up from the coma in he has been in since December 29, his family said Wednesday. Schumacher, 45, suffered a serious accident while skiing in the French Alps and has since been kept in a coma by doctors to prevent swelling in his brain. Both press releases from his family and his manager Sabine Kehm are optimistic on the recovery of the multiple champion, but also make it clear that it will be a long and difficult process.
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Vietnam Authorities Rule Out New Information Pertaining to the Malayasia Airlines Flight

Vietnam Authorities ruled out possible new information about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. One oil worker claimed to have seen a burning plane fall from the sky about 300 kilometers from the coast, but members of the Vietnam army said that such information was false. Malaysian authorities reported that they have reduced their search efforts in the western area of the Malay Peninsula, ignoring the information on whether the plane would have changed its trajectory during flight.
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New WHO Guidelines for Sugar Intake

The World Health Organization (WHO ) wants you to stop eating too much sugar. Based on new guidelines proposed this week, WHO is encouraging people to consume less than 5% of their total daily calories from sugars. Current guidelines from the organization, published in 2002, recommend consuming less than 10% of total daily calories from sugars. "There is growing concern that consumption of sugars, particularly in the form of sweetened beverages ... may result in an increase of total caloric intake , leading to an unhealthy diet , weight gain and increased risk of noncommunicable diseases" the WHO said in…
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Malaysia Airlines Flight Changed Its Route

Malaysia Airlines plane turned west, deviating from its planned route, before disappearing, according to information of a military radar, said the Malaysian Air Force. The flight MH370 disappeared on Saturday with 239 people on board while covering the route between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing an hour after takeoff. Meanwhile, two Iranian citizens, ages 19 and 30, were traveling with passports stolen in the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 which disappeared last Friday, Interpol said. The men were identified as Pouri Nourmohamadi and Seyed Mohammadreza Delavar and did not have any links with terrorist organizations, as initially suspected.
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Maduro Will Not Attend Bachelet’s Inauguration

The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, will not attend the inauguration of Michelle Bachelet as president of Chile, which will take place on Tuesday at the National Congress, according to confirmed sources of the Chilean Foreign Ministry. Maduro was scheduled to arrive in the early hours of Tuesday to the capital Santiago. However, they could never determine the agenda for the Venezuelan president in Chilean territory. Last Sunday the death of Chilean Rubilar Giselle in the city of Mérida was reported, and attributed to a gunshot. Authorities in Chile called for research on the subject to the government of Venezuela.…
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Philippines: UN agency pledges long-term support for typhoon-stricken farmers, fishers

Noting the positive results of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) response programme in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan, the agency’s chief today committed to long-term support for farming and fishing communities, earlier today during a visit to the region. Four months after the landfall of a typhoon that claimed over 6,000 lives and displaced millions, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva is traveling with Filipino Secretary of Agriculture Proceso Alcala, and FAO Philippines Permanent Representative Ambassador Virgilio Reyes, personally distributing bags of fertilizer and tools to affected farmers and fishermen. "We are committed to ensure that affected…
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Unicef Declares 2013 the Worst Year for Syrian Children

The past year has been the worst for million children in Syria in terms of humanitarian issues, said Tuesday the UN fund for children and childhood, Unicef. This figure, which is twice that reported a year ago, including nearly one million children who are trapped in places besieged by armies, without access to food and medical care. Another data provided by UNICEF is that most refugee children start working at an early age and some girls are forced to marry because of financial issues. The report also warns that if the same situation is allowed for another 12 months, it…
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Amid Escalating Violence, UN Officials Urge Immediate Halt To Attacks In Darfur

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay have voiced deep concern about the escalation of violence and its impact on civilians in Sudan’s Darfur region, and urged an immediate halt to hostilities. Since late February, fighting between rebel groups and local militia in South Darfur has left thousands of people homeless, with reports of looting and villages burnt. In North Darfur, over the past few days, thousands of people have fled inter-communal fighting and sought protection at the African Union-UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) camp in Saraf Umra. “The Secretary-General urges all parties to…
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Ukraine: Yanukovych Stated That His Removal Was “illegal”

Ousted President Viktor Yanukovych said Tuesday that his departure from the government of Ukraine, which occurred on 23 February was "illegal." He also said that he expects to return to power to restore order in the country, which is experiencing a political crisis with Russia after his departure from government. He added during a press conference, that he continues to be the current head of the Ukrainian military. After the dismissal of Yanukovych, thousands of inhabitants of the Crimea region in the southeast of the country, noted their desire to belong to the Russian Federation and called for a referendum…
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Malaysia Identifies Passengers Traveling with Stolen Passports

Two Iranian citizens of 19 and 30 years old were traveling with stolen passports in the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 which disappeared last Friday, Interpol said . The men were identified as Pouri Nourmohamadi and Delavar Seyed Mohammadreza and did not have any links with terrorist organizations, as was initially suspected. Secretary General of Interpol, Ronald K. Noble, said that the young men showed no sign of belonging to a terrorist group and they are inclined to think that the disappearance of the aircraft is not related to such attacks. Meanwhile, the head of the Malaysian police, Khalid Abu Bakar…
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