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Why the world’s biggest exporter of crude is trying to wean itself off oil

Why the world’s biggest exporter of crude is trying to wean itself off oil
virginislandsdailynews.com — It would be hard to exaggerate the importance of oil in Saudi Arabia. So when an influential young prince started talking this year about selling shares in the state-owned oil company and weaning the economy off its dependence on petrodollars, many were skeptical both inside and outside the conservative kingdom.

Why the world's biggest exporter of crude is trying to wean itself off oil

Why the world's biggest exporter of crude is trying to wean itself off oil
latimes.com — It would be hard to exaggerate the importance of oil in Saudi Arabia. So when an influential young prince started talking this year about selling shares in the state-owned oil company and weaning the economy off its dependence on petrodollars, many were skeptical both inside and outside the conservative kingdom.

Number of executions rose significantly in 2015

Number of executions rose significantly in 2015
spokesman.com — The number of executions carried out around the world in 2015 increased more than 50 percent over the previous year, a surge largely driven by three countries: Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, Amnesty International said in its annual report on the use of capital punishment.

Executions surged in 2015: Which countries put the most people to death?

Executions surged in 2015: Which countries put the most people to death?
latimes.com — The number of executions carried out around the world in 2015 increased more than 50% over the previous year, a surge largely driven by three countries: Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, Amnesty International said in its annual report on the use of capital punishment. At least 1,634 people were...

Motherhood in the time of Zika

Motherhood in the time of Zika

Meet the Colorado businessman who is running for president in Congo

Meet the Colorado businessman who is running for president in Congo
latimes.com — On paper, the Democratic Republic of Congo is one of Africa's richest nations. Its eastern hills are estimated to contain about $24 trillion worth of mineral deposits, including gold, diamonds, copper and cobalt. Its nearly 200 million acres of arable land could feed much of Africa, and the mighty...

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Ex-Mexican President Fox won't pay for Trump's wall

Ex-Mexican President Fox won't pay for Trump's wall
lcsun-news.com — The former president of Mexico Vicente Fox has a blunt rebuttal to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump 's plans to build an enormous wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. "I'm not going to pay for that f------ wall," Fox said in an interview with Univision's "Al Punto" set to air Sunday, in which he called Trump a "crazy guy" who resembled neither Republican nor Democrat.

Former Mexican president Vicente Fox to Donald Trump: 'I'm not going to pay for that f--- wall'

Former Mexican president Vicente Fox to Donald Trump: 'I'm not going to pay for that f--- wall'
latimes.com — The former president of Mexico Vicente Fox has a blunt rebuttal to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's plans to build an enormous wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. "I'm not going to pay for that f---ing wall," Fox said in an interview with Univision's Al Punto set to air on Sunday, in...
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May 04, 2016

RT @JulieMakLAT: Coming to you live from North Korea. Or I will be, as soon as I can find a SIM card. lat.ms/1W7R76F pic.twitter.com/ke6CLBXL8ee6CLBXL8e

May 03, 2016

A US service member was killed in Iraq after Islamic State broke through Peshmerga lines lat.ms/1W5UbQS

May 03, 2016

RT @JulieMakLAT: Landed in rainy Pyongyang. My 1st look at new airport, opened 2015. Nicer, but still smaller than Long Beach #dprk https:/pic.twitter.com/OBWjKzs0tRt.co/OBWjKzs0tR

Apr 29, 2016

RT @wjhenn: Pentagon made 170 condolence payments to victims and victims' families of Kunduz attacks. $3,000 for those wounded. $6,000 for…

Apr 29, 2016

RT @wjhenn: U.S. military's 3,000-page investigation into the Oct. 3, 2015 attack on Doctors Without Borders/@MSF hospital here: https://t.www6.centcom.mil/foia_rr/FOIA_R…o/kJ46jLg2nO

Apr 29, 2016

Pentagon disciplined 16 for deadly airstrike on Doctors Without Borders hospital but no criminal charges to be filed lat.ms/1rlbBf0

Apr 26, 2016

Ansar al-Islam has claimed responsibility for the killings of a gay-rights activist and his friend in Bangladesh lat.ms/24hWVLP

Apr 25, 2016

RT @mikememoli: .@POTUS makes official: 250 new U.S. military personnel to Syria. Not "leading the fight on the ground. But they will be essential."


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