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PepsiCo buys Sodastream for $3.2bn

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images PepsiCo has announced it is buying Sodastream for $3.2bn (£2.5bn).Israel-based Sodastream makes a machine and refillable cylinders allowing users to make their own carbonated drinks.The deal gives Pepsi a new way of reaching customers in their homes at a time when its signature sugary drinks are becoming less popular.It is also the company's first big acquisition since chief executive Indra Nooyi disclosed she would step
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Afghan Taliban kidnap dozens of bus passengers near Kunduz

[ad_1] More than 100 people are reported to have been kidnapped after Taliban militants launched an ambush on three buses in northern Afghanistan.Security forces sent to the area near Kunduz are said to be involved in fierce clashes with the militants.It comes a day after the government offered a conditional ceasefire.President Ashraf Ghani said it would come into effect on Monday if the Taliban accepted, but the militants have not
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Nigeria unrest: Deadly attack on village in Borno state

[ad_1] Image copyright Boko Haram Image caption Boko Haram, pictured here in a propaganda video, has carried out many attacks in Borno state Suspected Islamist militants have stormed a village in north-east Nigeria, killing several people.Reports on the death toll in Mailari, Borno state, differed. A local militia leader said six people had died but a survivor said up to 19 were killed.The militants ransacked and looted the village for
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Malcolm Turnbull: Under-pressure Australia PM drops climate policy

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Malcolm Turnbull is facing pressure over his leadership Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says his government has abandoned plans to set an emissions reduction target in legislation.Mr Turnbull's U-turn alters a key plank of his signature energy policy, and follows a revolt by conservative MPs within his government.It comes amid media reports that Mr Turnbull could face a leadership challenge if the issue is
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North and South Korean families to attend emotional reunions

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Lee Chun-ja with a picture of her wedding she intends to give to her relatives in North Korea A group of elderly South Koreans are travelling into North Korea to see relatives they have not seen since the Korean War of 1950-1953.The war left the Korean peninsula divided and people who lived on the northern side were unable to leave. The two Koreas, which
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Kerala floods: Relief teams rescue 22,000 as rains ease

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Relief supplies were taken to stranded residents in Chengannur About 22,000 people were rescued from the flood-hit Indian state of Kerala on Sunday, officials say, after monsoon rains finally eased.Military teams as well as disaster response forces and local fishermen reached some of the worst hit areas.Helicopters also brought much-needed supplies to communities cut-off by two weeks of incessant rain.More than 350 people
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Soup kitchens and start-ups: Greek bailout era ends

[ad_1] Image caption For Dimitris Koumatsioulis the bailout era was all about grimly holding on "We thought about suicide many times", says Dimitris Koumatsioulis, "because when you reach the edge of a cliff you either fall off or you grip it and hold on.""But we said no - we struggled, and that's why we're still here".The cliff edge for him loomed in 2011, a year after Greece collapsed into financial
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Gladbeck: The deadly hostage drama where the media crossed a line

[ad_1] Image copyright Alamy Image caption Dieter Degowski (left) with fellow gunman Hans-Jürgen Rösner, and bus hostages Thirty years ago, West Germany was captivated by a hostage-taking drama that began with a failed armed robbery and ended in a shootout on the autobahn 54 hours later. After the dust had settled the media came in for sustained criticism - and one journalist in particular was thought by many to have
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Italy bridge collapse: Genoa death toll rises to 43

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Although all those missing are now accounted for, the search is continuing Rescue workers in Italy have found the bodies of three more people in the wreckage of Genoa's collapsed motorway bridge, bringing the death toll to 43.Three members of the same family recovered from a crushed car on Sunday. They were the last people reported missing from Tuesday's tragedy.A 200m (656ft) section of
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Lombok earthquake: Strong tremor shakes Indonesian island

[ad_1] The Indonesian island of Lombok has been shaken by another strong earthquake, after weeks of tremors that have killed more than 460 people.Sunday's quake measured magnitude 6.3 and was at a depth of 7.9km (4.9 miles). It is not yet known if there are any casualties.Residents said the tremor was felt strongly to the east of the island, and sent people fleeing into the streets.The island has been rocked
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US-Turkey row: Pastor a ‘pawn in personal feud’

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Andrew Brunson (third right) denies links to banned groups in Turkey The US is increasing pressure on Turkey to try to secure the freedom of American pastor Andrew Brunson. While the leaders of the two Nato allies clash with each other, Mr Brunson's fate hangs in the balance.US President Donald Trump tweeted earlier this week that Mr Brunson was being held "hostage" in Turkey.
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Ecuador tightens entry rules for Venezuelan migrants

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Many Venezuelans have made a long overland journey to the Ecuador border, but are now stuck Ecuador has brought in new rules to stop Venezuelan migrants entering the country without a passport, leaving many stranded in neighbouring Colombia.Thousands of Venezuelans fleeing their country's economic and political crisis have been crossing into Ecuador from Colombia using only identity cards.Most are heading south to join family
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How quinoa is changing farmers’ lives in Peru

[ad_1] Image caption Mr Cisneros's plot has grown since he started selling quinoa Quinoa has become a popular food globally thanks to its healthy image. The boom has benefited farmers in Peru, but these gains are now under threat from growing international competition.Rodrigo Cisneros looks out at his fields of bright-yellow quinoa plants extending far over the rolling slopes of the Andes. Just five years ago, Mr Cisneros had a
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Vladimir Putin attends Austrian foreign minister’s wedding

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Putin took his host for a twirl, ignoring the controversy about the invitation Russian President Vladimir Putin has attended the wedding of Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl, who has been criticised for inviting him.Mr Putin presented her with flowers and danced with her at the event in the southern Austrian province of Styria. Opposition politicians have accused Ms Kneissl of undermining EU foreign
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Ancient Egypt: Cheese discovered in 3,200-year-old tomb

[ad_1] Image copyright University of Catania and Cairo University Image caption The ancient cheese was reportedly contained in broken jars A substance found by archaeologists working in an Ancient Egyptian tomb has proved to be one of the oldest cheeses ever discovered.Several years ago, the team discovered broken jars in the tomb of Ptahmes, a high-ranking Egyptian official.The archaeologists found a "solidified whitish mass" in one of the jars which
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Muslim couple denied Swiss citizenship over no handshake

[ad_1] Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The unidentified couple were not asked about their religion, though reports said it was apparent A Muslim couple have been denied Swiss citizenship after they refused to shake hands with people of the opposite sex during their interview, officials say.They confirmed the decision on Friday, further citing the couple's failure to integrate and respect gender equality.The couple, interviewed months ago, also struggled
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Kofi Annan, former UN chief, dies at 80

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general who won the Nobel Peace Prize for humanitarian work, has died aged 80, his aides say.He "passed away peacefully on Saturday after a short illness", the foundation named after him said on Saturday.Annan was the first black African to take up the role of the world's top diplomat, serving from 1997 to 2006.He later served as the UN special envoy
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Winx makes history with 26th consecutive victory

[ad_1] Winx, trained by Chris Waller, was ridden to victory by Hugh Bowman on SaturdayWinx won her 26th consecutive race on Saturday at Royal Randwick to set a new record for winning streaks in Australian racing.The seven-year-old mare took the Winx Stakes in Sydney, a race named in her honour, to overtake the previous record set by the legendary Black Caviar.Winx exploded down the straight to defeat Invictus Prince by
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Imran Khan sworn in as Pakistan prime minister

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Imran Khan has vowed to hold "corrupt" politicians to account Former cricketer Imran Khan has been sworn-in as the new prime minister of Pakistan, more than two decades after he entered politics.He was elected prime minister in a vote at the country's National Assembly on Friday.His PTI party won the most seats in July's elections and Mr Khan has become PM with the help