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Finland tops global happiness index for 2nd consecutive year

Finland has topped an index of the happiest nations for the second consecutive year, with researchers saying the small Nordic country of 5.5 million has succeeded in generating a happiness recipe for a balanced life not simply dependent on economic and material wealth.

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UK’s May asks a wary EU to delay Brexit until June 30

Prime Minister Theresa May formally asked the European Union on Wednesday to postpone Britain’s departure from the bloc – due in nine days – until June 30. But an exasperated EU said Britain would have to accept either a shorter delay or a much longer one.
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Mourners begin to bury those killed in New Zealand shootings

Relatives of those killed in last week’s shootings at two mosques in New Zealand began to bury the dead Wednesday, as the country’s prime minister renewed her call to remember the 50 victims rather than the white supremacist accused of slaughtering them.
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Egypt tightens restrictions on media, social networks

Egypt’s top media regulator on Tuesday put into effect tighter restrictions that allow the state to block websites and even social media accounts with over 5,000 followers if they are deemed a threat to national security.
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Facebook says no one flagged NZ mosque shooting livestream

UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 11:43 a.m.

Facebook says none of the 200 or so people who watched live video of the New Zealand mosque shooting flagged it to moderators, underlining the challenge tech companies face in policing violent or disturbing content in real time.
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Cyclone’s huge floods leave hundreds dead in southern Africa

UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 3:55 p.m.

Aid workers rushed to rescue victims clinging to trees and crammed on rooftops Tuesday after a cyclone unleashed devastating floods in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. More than 350 people were confirmed dead, hundreds were missing and thousands more were at risk.
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Australia’s ‘EggBoy’ an international sensation

UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019, 10:33 p.m.

On Friday, he was just another Australian high school student. By the end of the weekend, 17-year-old Will Connolly was the international sensation #EggBoy, the prankster who launched a thousand (give or take) memes.
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Putin visits Crimea to mark 5th anniversary of annexation

Russian President Vladimir Putin marked the fifth anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine by visiting the Black Sea peninsula on Monday, as NATO and the European Union once again strongly condemned the land grab.