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Ecuador's President Correa sworn to second term
Ecuador's President Correa sworn to second term

Ecuador's hugely popular leftist president, Rafael Correa, was sworn in to a second term Friday, with energy reform and expanded overseas trade topping his agenda.

Ecuador's President Correa sworn to second term
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Italy cabinet swearing-in marred by shooting

Italy's new coalition government was sworn in on Sunday, but a ceremony symbolising a fresh start for the recession-wracked country was overshadowed by a shooting outside government headquarters.

Italy cabinet swearing-in marred by shooting
Pope marks first Good Friday with torch-lit ceremony
Pope marks first Good Friday with torch-lit ceremony

Pope Francis marked his first Good Friday with a traditional torch-lit ceremony around the Colosseum in Rome and prayers for a Middle East "torn apart by injustice and conflicts".

Pope marks first Good Friday with torch-lit ceremony
Chavez laid to rest after final farewell in Caracas
Chavez laid to rest after final farewell in Caracas

Late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez was laid to rest at a military museum on Friday after an emotional final journey through the streets of Caracas watched by hundreds of thousands.

Chavez laid to rest after final farewell in Caracas
Chavez political heir takes over after rousing funeral
Chavez political heir takes over after rousing funeral

Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro took over as acting president late Friday in a ceremony rejected by the opposition after a tearful farewell to Hugo Chavez during a rousing state funeral for the firebrand leftist.

Chavez political heir takes over after rousing funeral
Venezuela gives Chavez lavish farewell
Venezuela gives Chavez lavish farewell

Venezuela gave Hugo Chavez a lavish farewell at a state funeral Friday that brought some of the world's most notorious strongmen to tears, with music, prayers and a fiery speech by his successor.

Venezuela gives Chavez lavish farewell
Chavez lies in state with open casket for farewell
Chavez lies in state with open casket for farewell

Venezuelans filed past the open casket of late President Hugo Chavez as he lay in state Wednesday after throngs of weeping loyalists gave the firebrand leftist a rousing farewell on the streets.

Chavez lies in state with open casket for farewell
DRC peace agreement to be signed February 24: UN
DRC peace agreement to be signed February 24: UN

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will attend a signing ceremony next week in Addis Ababa for an accord aimed at pacifying the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

DRC peace agreement to be signed February 24: UN
Obama honors civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.
Obama honors civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.

President Barack Obama paid tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday as he started his second term on the holiday honoring the iconic civil rights leader.

Obama honors civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.
Obama takes oath of office to begin second term
Obama takes oath of office to begin second term

US President Barack Obama took the oath of office Sunday to begin his second term at a simple ceremony stripped of the hope and historic promise that greeted his inauguration four years ago.

Obama takes oath of office to begin second term
Europe's elite gather for Luxembourg royal wedding
Europe's elite gather for Luxembourg royal wedding

Kings, queens and commoners gathered Saturday to celebrate Luxembourg's biggest royal event in decades, when heir-to-the-throne Prince Guillaume wed Belgian countess Stephanie de Lannoy.

Europe's elite gather for Luxembourg royal wedding
Alfred Nobel. Photo courtesy of aftonbladet.se
Last will and testament of Alfred Nobel, prize creator

Swedish inventor and scholar Alfred Nobel (1833-1896), who made a vast fortune from his invention of dynamite in 1866, ordered the creation of the Nobel Prizes in his will.

Last will and testament of Alfred Nobel, prize creator
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Guessing game starts as Nobel season nears

Early October means it's time for the annual Nobel Prize announcements and frenzied guessing over possible winners, with 231 Peace Prize nominees.

Guessing game starts as Nobel season nears
Remains of astronaut legend Neil Armstrong buried at sea
Remains of astronaut legend Neil Armstrong buried at sea

The cremated remains of legendary American astronaut Neil Armstrong were scattered at sea Friday, in a ceremony aboard a US aircraft carrier paying final tribute to the first man to set foot on the moon, NASA said.

Remains of astronaut legend Neil Armstrong buried at sea
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Olympics: Closing ceremony 'camp and cheesy': music director

The London Olympics closing ceremony on Sunday will be a "beautiful, cheeky, cheesy, camp, silly and thrilling" journey through British pop history.

Olympics: Closing ceremony 'camp and cheesy': music director
Olympics: Medals up for grabs as London Games open
Olympics: Medals up for grabs as London Games open

Medals are up for grabs in cycling and swimming on Saturday after a spectacular opening ceremony to the London Olympics was watched by more than one billion TV viewers.

Olympics: Medals up for grabs as London Games open
America misses out on live London Olympic ceremony
America misses out on live London Olympic ceremony

A billion people across the globe turned on their TVs to watch the opening ceremony of the London Olympics live Friday, but very few of them were in US.

America misses out on live London Olympic ceremony
Muhammad Ali. Photo courtesy of tout-sur-la-boxe.net
Stars out in London to honour great Ali

Stars of sport and screen gathered in London on Wednesday to honour legendary heavyweight boxer and Olympic champion Muhammad Ali as the countdown to the 2012 Games neared its finale.

Stars out in London to honour great Ali
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Kazakhstan Honorary Consulate opened in Bursa Province

The ceremony of opening of Kazakhstan's Honorary Consulate was held in Bursa Province in Turkey.

Kazakhstan Honorary Consulate opened in Bursa Province