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Hoaxed Middleton nurse found dead

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The nurse who took a prank call about Kate Middleton's hospital condition was found dead Friday morning.
The BBC reported that the death of the nurse, Jacintha Saldana, is being treated as unexplained and are not looking for suspects.
According to a report by Al-Jazeera, this explanation means the death is a suspected suicide.
The pregnancy of the Duchess of Cambridge immediately caused a media obsession around the world.
The Duchess was hospitalized Monday for acute morning sickness and released on Thursday, according to the BBC.
Saldana was a victim of a prank call from two Australian radio DJs who were trying to get information about the Duchess.
Al-Jazeera reported that both the hospital and the Duke and Duchess released statements expressing their condolences.

Yasser Arafat's remains to be reexamined

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Scientists are reopening the tomb of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat Tuesday to further investigate the cause of his death in 2004.
Expert teams from France, Switzerland and Russia will test samples to see if Arafat's death was caused by polonium poisoning, according to CNN.
Polonium is a radioactive element. Personal items on Arafat at the time of his death contained abnormal levels of the element, according to CNN.
The discovery prompted Arafat's widow to call for further investigation in to the cause of his death.
According to a report by Al-Jazeera, the exhumation process is being handled very secretly.
The Palestinian Authority, which is in charge of the West Bank where Arafat is buried, was limiting who could attend the exhumation.
Al-Jazeera reported that because Arafat died in a French military hospital, it is up to the French legal system to decide how to continue after the results come in.

Obama visits Myanmar to acknowledge reforms

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President Barack Obama begins his trip to Myanmar Sunday, making him the first sitting U.S. president to visit the country.
This is the first foreign trip for the President since being elected to a second term.
According to a report by The Guardian, President Obama said he is not visiting the country because they have achieved a fair democracy, but because they are taking steps in the right direction.
The New York Times reported that the president made a point to visit, in addition to government leaders, the home of dissident Daw Aung San Suu Kyi who was under house arrest for almost twenty years. She was freed two years ago.
However, there are still more than 200 political prisoners in government custody and questionable human rights in areas of the country, according to The New York Times.
According the The Guardian, Obama acknowledged that "the country has a long way to go."

U.N. Rights Officer expelled from South Sudan

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The government of new nation South Sudan expelled a United Nations human rights officer, according to a United Nations statement released Sunday.
Although the exact reason for the expulsion is still unconfirmed, Al-Jazeera reported that South Sudan accused the unidentified officer of publishing "unjustified" and "unethical" human rights reports.
One such report was published by the United Nations in June and accused the South Sudan army of several atrocities while trying to quell ethic violence, according to a report by The New York Times.
South Sudan gained independence last year from Sudan after decades of brutal civil war.
Al-Jazeera reported that there have been multiple allegations of harassment of the media and civilians by the army as well.
This is not the first tense incident between the United Nations and South Sudan. A United Nations human rights officer was beat up by the South Sudan police last year, according to The New York Times.

Argentina voting age changed to 16

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Argentina's Congress voted Wednesday to lower the voting age in the country from 18 to 16.
According to a report by CNN, the new voting laws will take effect for a key mid-term election next year.
Voting will be optional for the more than one million 16- and 17-year-olds eligible to vote, according to the BBC. Voting is obligatory for those aged 18 to 70.
CNN reported that supporters favor the higher level of political participation now available to young people.
Critics accuse President Cristina Fernandez of supporting the change only to court the youth vote and up her party's chances in next year's elections.
Argentina is not the only Latin American country with a lower voting age. Citizens of Brazil, Ecuador and Nicaragua can also vote at the age of 16.

FARC kills Colombian soldiers

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The Colombian army reported that five soldiers were killed by FARC Friday night near the border with Ecuador.
The sides had initiated peace talks in Oslo only days before.
According to a report by the BBC, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel leaders had called for a cease-fire during the peace talks. The Colombian government refused.
Only a day earlier air force planes bombed a rebel camp on the Pacific Coast, according to Al-Jazeera.
The two sides have not met since 2002, according to Al-Jazeera.
The peace talks are scheduled to continue in Havana early next month.

20 Killed in Attack on Worshippers in Nigeria

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At least 20 people were killed by gunmen early Sunday morning while leaving a mosque in the remote village of Dogo Dawa in northern Nigeria, a local official said.
The community chief, who was not in the mosque, was also killed in the attack according to a report by the BBC.
Al-Jazeera reported that the state police commissioner Olufemi Adenaike confirmed the attack but could not confirm a death toll.
No one has yet taken responsibility for the attack.
According to a report by The New York Times, Dogo Dawa is located in a volatile area of Nigeria where the country's predominantly Muslim North and majority Christian South meet. Clashes over land and ethnicity are not uncommon.
A local official said bandits were most likely responsible for this attack, while Al-Jazeera reported that a radical Islamic sect called Boko Haram could also have been responsible. The group has carried out similar attacks on Muslim mosques and clerics that do not subscribe to their interpretation of Islam.

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