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Mexicans to light pope's route with mobile phones MEXICO CITY: Worshipers will line the roadside holding up their mobile telephones to light the way for Pope Francis when he arrives on his visit to Mexico next week, organizers said Sunday.The 79-year-old pontiff himself expressed "great happiness" at his looming visit, during which he will tour a major Catholic shrine in Mexico City and meet victims of violence and poverty.Thousands of well-wishers are expected to come out to welcome the Argentine pontiff when he lands in Mexico City late Friday. They want to make the longest ever human light chain on record.They plan to line the 19-kilometer route from the airport to the Vatican's diplomatic mission in the capital as the pontiff passes through in his "Popemobile.""We want to receive the Holy Father with a special wall, what we call a wall of light and prayer," said Roberto Delgado, a member of the organizing committee for the visit."We hope ...

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Trump says New Hampshire win not necessary to secure nomination WASHINGTON: US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he does not have to win the New Hampshire primary vote on Tuesday to secure the nomination, apparently tamping down expectations despite holding a double-digit lead in that state's polls.The billionaire businessman came second to Texas Senator Ted Cruz in the Iowa caucuses last week although polls put him ahead. His candidacy has alarmed the Republican establishment and has been marked by rows including over his calls ...

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Rubio springs back from Republican debate glitch LONDONDERRY: Marco Rubio, the young Republican senator fast building momentum in the race for the White House, came back swinging Sunday after a mauling in the latest presidential debate for his lack of experience.The charismatic Florida senator floundered at the start of the Saturday night showdown, just days before the crucial New Hampshire primary on Tuesday. He was mocked for repeating the same rehearsed line over and over.On Sunday he fought back, telling ABC News ...

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UN Security Council strongly condemns N. Korea rocket launch UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council on Sunday strongly condemned North Korea's rocket launch and said it would speed up work on a sanctions resolution "in response to these dangerous and serious violations."The statement was adopted by China, Pyongyang's ally, and the 14 other council members during an emergency meeting called after Pyongyang said it had put a satellite into orbit with a rocket launch.Sunday's launch followed Pyongyang's fourth nuclear test on January 6, which ...

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Trump, Rubio likely targets in 8th Republican presidential debate MANCHESTER: Donald Trump and Marco Rubio could be top targets for rivals' fire on Saturday when seven Republican White House hopefuls take the stage in New Hampshire for their eighth debate, just days before the state's high-stakes primary. Billionaire Trump held a wide lead in polls in New Hampshire, with US Senator Rubio of Florida second in a rapid rise ahead of Tuesday's primary, part of the series of contests to pick the nominee for ...

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Edgar Mitchell, astronaut who walked on Moon, dead at 85 MIAMI: US astronaut Edgar Mitchell, one of just 12 people to have walked on the Moon, has died aged 85, his family and NASA said Friday, calling him a "pioneer."NASA paid glowing tribute to Mitchell, who died in Florida after a brief illness late Thursday, the eve of the 45th anniversary of his lunar landing.The late astronaut was a member of the 1971 Apollo 14 mission along with Alan Shepard Jr. and Stuart Roosa.Mitchell was ...

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Canada unemployment rate edges up to 7.2pc OTTAWA: Overall Canadian employment was virtually unchanged in January, despite more cuts in the Alberta oil sands, while the unemployment rate edged up to 7.2 percent, the government statistical agency said Friday.A total 5,700 jobs were shed nationwide, according to Statistics Canada. In Alberta, 10,000 jobs were lost, pushing the province's unemployment rate higher than the national average for the first time since December 1988, the agency said.Ontario, the nation's manufacturing hub, meanwhile, was the ...