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France warns African leaders against trying to keep power

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande warned African leaders on Thursday against trying to modify constitutions to stay in power and said they should learn from the forced departure of Burkina Faso's president Blaise Compaore.


French, German economists offer plan to counter EU 'stagnation'

PARIS (Reuters) - Warning that Europe risks a "stagnation trap", leading French and German economists proposed reforms and investments to revive growth in the euro zone's two biggest economies, but Berlin swiftly dismissed a key proposal to boost its public investment.


Western media websites hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

LONDON/TORONTO (Reuters) - The websites of British and North American media organizations and retailer Wal-Mart's Canadian unit were hacked on Thursday in a suspected attack by the Syrian Electronic Army, an amorphous hacker collective that supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.


Needy patients to get new hips or knees for free next week

(Reuters Health) - Excruciating hip pain forced 50-year-old Army veteran David Chalker to leave his machinist job two years ago, a decision that led to mounting debt, inability to afford health insurance and even a move into his in-laws’ home with his wife and three daughters. But his family is counting on one operation next week - entirely free of charge - to change the course of both his health and finances.


Pele moved to quieter wing of Brazil hospital, aide says

(Reuters) - Brazilian soccer great Pele, who is in a Sao Paulo hospital for treatment for a urinary tract infection, has been moved to a hospital wing where he won't be besieged by as many visitors, his spokesman told Reuters on Thursday.


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