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Soprano Gasdia reboots troubled Verona Arena opera festival

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Verona, Aug 12 (AP) - The colossal Roman-era Verona Arena amphitheater remains an imposing presence in the northern Italian city's main piazza, but its place in the opera world has waned in recent years.
The popular Verona Arena summer festival has lost both audience and prestige and nearly closed two seasons ago under a mountain of debt. Now the artists and public who have sustained it are putting their hopes for a relaunch in the hands of a former opera singer who this year became the first...
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Taliban travel from Afghanistan to Uzbekistan for talks

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Islamabad, Aug 12 (AP) - In a rare diplomatic foray and the strongest sign yet of the Taliban's increasing polit-ical presence in the region, the head of the militant group's political office led a delegation to Uzbekistan to meet senior Foreign Ministry officials, Uzbek and Taliban officials...
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Albania hit by tremors; homes crack

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Tirana, Aug 12 (AP) - Northern Albania was struck Saturday by two earthquakes with preliminary magnitudes of 5.4 and 5.1, damaging scores of buildings, authorities said.
Albania's Defense Ministry reported that the stronger struck quake at 5:33 p.m. (1533 GMT) with a depth of five kilometers...
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US students turn grief into tech startup after France attack

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Berkeley, Aug 12 (AP) - California college student Anjali Banerjee was watching fireworks during a 2016 cel-ebration on a seafront promenade in the French city of Nice when a man plowed a huge truck through the crowd, killing 86 people and wounding 200.
The University of California, Berkeley...
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UNHCR urges Asia-Pacific leaders to provide more support to Ronhigyas

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Indonesia: The head of the UN refugee agency Filippo Grandi has urged the government representatives and the business leaders from the Asia-Pacific region to offer more support and protection for the Rohingyas.

“I urge you to consider what support your Governments could pledge in solidarity...
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