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Maduro’s awkward TV shows raise hackles

A single mom tells Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, on live television that she cannot afford to adequately feed her four kids, and he quickly changes the subject to joke about her foreign-sounding name, Joandry Smith.

AUB unwittingly violated U.S. sanctions 

The American University of Beirut agreed to pay $700,000 to settle a civil lawsuit after being accused of assisting three organizations linked to Hezbollah, U.S. federal prosecutors said Thursday.

Tunisia pushes ‘economic emergency’ bill

Tunisia is drafting an “economic emergency” bill that will let the government bypass bureaucratic hurdles and speed up large-scale projects as it seeks to boost growth and create jobs, a senior official said.

Brazil on brink, Messi revives Argentina

Brazil thrashed Uruguay to move to the brink of the World Cup Finals Thursday as Lionel Messi got Argentina’s faltering qualification campaign back on track with the only goal to sink Chile.

Brazil on brink, Messi revives Argentina

Brazil thrashed Uruguay to move to the brink of the World Cup Finals Thursday as Lionel Messi got Argentina’s faltering qualification campaign back on track with the only goal to sink Chile.

Tawlet’s soup kitchen, hoping to help 

Aasha el Tayeb, a new initiative cooked up by Beirut-based NGO Souk el Tayeb to offer a restaurant experience to underprivileged members of society, was inaugurated Thursday with the first of many “soup kitchen” dinner parties.

Theme parks aim to do away with the line

At Universal Orlando Resort’s new “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” ride, waiting in line has been replaced by lounging on couches and listening to a racy barber shop quartet sing until it’s time to enter the ride.

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