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Wildfires trap 2,000 villagers in Portugal

Forest fires cut off a village of 2,000 people in Portugal, as firefighters struggled Thursday to control two major blazes in the centre of the country, local officials said.

Saudi king orders reopening of Qatar border to pilgrims

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has ordered the reopening of the border with Qatar to facilitate the annual hajj pilgrimage, state media said Thursday, in the first signs of a thaw after the region’s worst diplomatic crisis in years.

Craig confirms he’s back as 007… one last time

Daniel Craig, the British actor who famously complained he’d rather slash his wrists than play James Bond a fifth time, has finally confirmed he’s returning as 007 after all… one last time.

Brazil’s Lula launches unlikely bid to retake presidency

Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has never taken the easy path but Thursday the onetime shoeshine boy turned political giant embarks on his most audacious challenge yet: to recapture the presidency — and avoid prison.

Melbourne retains world’s most liveable city crown

Melbourne has topped a list of the world’s most liveable city for the seventh year running but terrorism and diplomatic tensions are eroding living conditions worldwide, an annual report from the Economist has found.

Muslim-baiter Hanson wears burka in Australia’s Senate

Australian anti-immigration politician Pauline Hanson caused a furore Thursday when she entered the Senate wearing a full burqa, earning a blistering rebuke from the country’s top lawyer for the “appalling” stunt.
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