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Sierra Leone to Auction Multi-Million Dollar Diamond to Benefit Poor

Sierra Leone hopes to raise millions of dollars for development projects by auctioning a huge uncut diamond, believed to be one of the world's largest, in New York in December. It will be the government's second attempt to sell the 709-carat gem, known as the "Peace Diamond", after it rejected the highest bid of $7.8 million at an initial auction in New York in May. Over half of the proceeds from the sale will be used to fund clean water, electricity, education and health projects in Sierra… Read Full Article

Water, Stone and History in Navajo Land

Looking down from a small, five-seater airplane, Mikah Meyer felt lucky to be getting such a spectacular -- and unique -- perspective of some of America’s most beautiful and historic land and waterscapes. Desert beauty The national parks traveler was flying over and around Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, a unit of the National Park Service that stretches for hundreds of kilometers from the southwestern state of Arizona to southern Utah.   Mikah described the flight, courtesy of the… Read Full Article

US Army Widow: Trump Stumbled in Condolence Call Trying to Remember Husband's Name

The widow of a U.S. soldier killed in Niger earlier this month said Monday that President Donald Trump's condolence call to her only made her cry more because she heard him "stumbling trying to remember my husband's name," Sergeant La David Johnson. Myeshia Johnson told ABC's Good Morning America show, "That's what hurt me the most because if my husband is out there fighting for our country, and if he risks his life for our country, why can't you remember his name? And that one made me upset… Read Full Article

Derartu Tulu: Africa's first black female Olympic champion

How Derartu Tulu made African history with her spectacular 10,000m win at the Barcelona 1992 Games.

Catalonia Spain: Officials 'won't follow orders from Madrid'

The warning comes as the Spanish government moves to reassert control over the region's authorities.

Outrage, Condemnation in Zimbabwe over President’s Global Health Post Nomination

Outrage against the nomination of Zimbabwe’s president as a World Health Organization goodwill ambassador led to his swift removal from the post over the weekend. But the outrage appears strongest in his home country, where Robert Mugabe is largely blamed for ruining his nation’s economy and health system during his 37 years in power. Dr. Fortune Nyamande said he could think of 4,000 reasons why President Robert Mugabe was a poor choice to be goodwill ambassador for the global health body.… Read Full Article

Toxic Fumes Keep EU Summit Venue Shut for Another Week

The building that houses EU summits, where toxic fumes forced EU leaders to switch venues last week, will be closed for a further week as investigators seek to resolve the problem. The fumes leaking from the drains have forced the Europa Building, also known as "The Egg," to be evacuated twice this month, including before a summit of EU leaders on Thursday and Friday. The new building was opened in January amid controversy over its 321-million-euro ($378 million) price tag. Staff and… Read Full Article

Mini phone maker admits performance shortcomings

The Jelly handset's battery life, originally billed at three days, can be as little as three hours.

Turkish President Attacks Washington

U.S. and Turkish diplomats continue talks on resolving a dispute over recent visa curbs, as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan steps up his rhetoric against Washington. Bilateral relations are set to be further strained by an upcoming court case over Iranian sanction busting involving Turkish citizens. Erdogan launched a scathing attack Sunday on the country's Western allies. He warned Turkey would respect its strategic alliances with its partners as long as those countries respected… Read Full Article

Low Inflation Could Slow Fed, but Fiscal Stimulus Unnecessary

The U.S. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in December and twice next year, according to a Reuters poll of economists, who now worry that the central bank will slow its tightening because of expectations that inflation will remain low. Most respondents expected the nation's economy to determine future rate hikes, but a change in regime at the Fed could also affect monetary policy. U.S. President Donald Trump could decide this week whether to reappoint Fed Chair Janet Yellen, whose… Read Full Article