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March 23, 2015
On US campaign trail, your 15 Meerkats of fame
Washington (AFP) March 20, 2015
As the 2016 presidential race comes into view, social media app-of-the-moment Meerkat offers American candidates a promising but perhaps risky way to reach out to the masses. The online video streaming service, which was launched last month, allows users to broadcast footage live from their smartphone with the touch of a button. And now anyone within slingshot distance of a political campaign appears to be glomming on to an app that could change how people follow and report the upcoming presiden ... read more

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Colombia's FARC seeks reinvention as political party
Leftist FARC guerrillas on Saturday vowed to lay down their weapons and reinvent themselves as a political party, if the Colombian government follows through with the reforms under discussion in peace talks. ... more
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