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Two explosions heard inside Pakistan university under attack - police

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January 20, 2016 11:10 am

Two explosions were heard on Wednesday inside a university in Charsadda in northwest Pakistan which several gunmen had earlier attacked, a police official said. Local po...


Islamic State kidnaps 400 civilians in Syrian city of Deir al-Zor: monitor

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January 18, 2016 03:58 pm

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State militants kidnapped at least 400 civilians when they attacked government-held areas in the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor on Saturday, a mon...


Celine Dion's brother Daniel dies two days after her husband

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January 18, 2016 08:29 am

The older brother of Canadian singer Celine Dion has died of cancer, two days after her husband also died. Daniel Dion, 59, died on Saturday near Montreal, a statement by t...


U.S. prisoners leave Iran, arrive in Germany, as Obama hails win for diplomacy

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January 18, 2016 08:05 am

Three Iranian-Americans arrived in Germany after leaving Tehran on Sunday in a prisoner swap that followed the lifting of most international sanctions on Iran under a deal U.S. ...


China launches new AIIB development bank as power balance shifts

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January 18, 2016 07:58 am

Chinese President Xi Jinping launched a new international development bank seen as a rival to the US-led World Bank at a lavish ceremony on Saturday, as Beijing seeks to change ...


Indonesia kills one militant after attack, search for more

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January 15, 2016 06:34 pm

Indonesian police killed one suspected militant and arrested two more in raids across the country on Friday, a day after an attack by Islamic State suicide bombers and gunmen in...


Saudi severs ties with Iran after embassy attacked

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January 04, 2016 01:25 pm

Riyadh (AFP) - Saudi Arabia broke off diplomatic ties with Iran after protesters ransacked its embassy in Tehran to protest the execution of a Shiite cleric whose killing has sp...


Manhunt in Munich for 7 New Year terror plot suspects

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January 01, 2016 05:30 pm

NICH, Germany (AFP) — Germany was on high alert Friday as police hunted for up to seven people suspected of plotting a New Year’s Eve suicide attack in Munich in the...


Dubai investigates cause of New Year’s Eve hotel fire

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January 01, 2016 05:24 pm

Smoke was still rising from a 63-storey luxury hotel in Dubai today as authorities worked to determine the cause of a spectacular fire that engulfed the building on New Year'...


China unveils two-child policy

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December 28, 2015 08:09 am

It's official. From January 1, 2016 China will allow two children for every couple. Chinese lawmakers rubber-stamped the new legislation Sunday during a session of t...


Torrential rains, flooding kill at least 10 in South America

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December 28, 2015 08:02 am

ASUNCION : Mudslides have killed at least four people in Brazil, one of several South American countries where torrential rains and flooding now have claimed at least 10 lives, ...


Pope calls in Christmas message for unity against militant atrocities

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December 26, 2015 10:32 am

REUTERS Pope Francis urged the world in his Christmas message on Friday to unite to end atrocities by Islamist militants that he said were causing immense suffering in many coun...


World's first dengue fever vaccine cleared by Mexico

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December 11, 2015 04:34 pm

AFP The world's first dengue vaccine won regulatory approval in Mexico on Wednesday, raising hopes that it could prevent more than 100 deaths there a year and eventually per...


FBI says California shooters were radicalized for 'some time'

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December 08, 2015 01:59 pm

(REUTERS) Investigators believe the married couple who massacred 14 people in California last week - a U.S.-born husband and his Pakistani wife - had been radicalized "for ...


Smog chokes Delhi, Beijing as climate talks begin

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December 01, 2015 02:28 pm

Air quality in the city of 16 million is usually bad in winter, when coal fires are lit by the poor to ward off the cold. Photo: AFP   Beijing/New ...


IMF approves China's yuan as elite reserve currency

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December 01, 2015 02:12 pm

  (AFP) The International Monetary Fund welcomed China's yuan into its elite reserve currency basket, recognizing the ascendance of the Asian power in th...


Canada to turn away single male Syrian refugees

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November 24, 2015 01:18 pm

Ottawa (AFP) - Canada will accept only whole families, lone women or children in its mass resettlement of Syrian refugees while unaccompanied men -- considered a security risk -...


US Muslim teen accused of clock bomb seeks $15 million

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November 24, 2015 12:33 pm

Chicago (AFP) - The Muslim teenager arrested when a teacher mistook his homemade clock for a bomb threatened to sue his school and the town of Irving, Texas for $15 million, his...


Woman sues Washington for return of JFK assassination film

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November 24, 2015 12:00 pm

DALLAS (Reuters) - A woman whose grandfather shot a home movie of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas' Dealey Plaza on Nov. 22, 1963 is suing the U.S. g...


Journalist shot in Bangladesh after funeral for hanged opposition leader

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November 23, 2015 11:00 am

DHAKA (Reuters) - Unknown assailants opened fire on a Bangladesh television channel's vehicle and wounded a journalist on Sunday, hours after two opposition leaders wer...


Obama urges halt to artificial islands in South China Sea

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November 23, 2015 11:00 am

REUTERS U.S. President Barack Obama said on Saturday that countries should stop building artificial islands and militarising their claims in the disputed South China Sea. ...


Belgium to review maximum alert status for Brussels

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November 22, 2015 05:05 pm

REUTERS Belgian security officials were set to review on Sunday whether to keep Brussels on maximum alert, leaving the public to wonder whether the blanket metro closure and can...


EU to tighten external border checks after Paris attacks

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November 20, 2015 03:49 pm

REUTERS The European Union will tighten checks at external borders of the passport-free Schengen area, including for its own citizens who enjoy free movement within the bloc, to...


Gunmen Take 170 Hostage at Radisson Hotel in Bamako, Mali

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November 20, 2015 03:39 pm

REUTERS Gunmen took at least 170 people hostage at the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali's capital Bamako, a hotel spokesman told NBC News early Friday. "They have loc...


Republicans slam Kerry over comment on Paris attacks

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November 19, 2015 07:46 am

REUTERS U.S. Republicans lashed out at Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday after he suggested that Islamist militants had a "rationale" for the attack on the Ch...


Russia, France set for showdown at U.N. over Islamic State fight

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November 19, 2015 07:41 am

REUTERS Russia revived on Wednesday a push for United Nations approval of international military campaigns combating Islamic State, setting up a showdown with France over its ri...


Militants execute Malaysian captive in Philippines - Malaysian government

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November 18, 2015 06:08 pm

KUALA LUMPUR/MANILA (Reuters) - A small al Qaeda-linked Islamist militant group has executed a Malaysian businessman held captive since May on the southern Philippine islan...


Bangladesh opposition leaders to hang for war crimes

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November 18, 2015 05:59 pm

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh's Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected final appeals from two opposition leaders against death sentences for atrocities committed during the...


Two members of Saudi security forces shot dead - interior ministry

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November 18, 2015 05:54 pm

DOHA (Reuters) - Two members of the Saudi security forces were killed on Wednesday in Saudi Arabia's restive eastern province after gunmen opened fire on their vehicle,...


On World Toilet Day, one billion people have nowhere to go

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November 17, 2015 07:11 pm

Some 2.4 billion people around the world don't have access to decent sanitation and more than a billion are forced to defecate in the open, risking disease and other dangers, accor...




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