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South Korea condemns North over land mine blast, vows retaliation

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August 10, 2015 05:03 pm

REUTERS South Korea's military on Monday threatened retaliation against North Korea after accusing the North of planting land mines inside the Demilitarised Zone border that woun...


Fourth secular blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

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August 07, 2015 09:37 pm

Dhaka (AFP) - A gang armed with machetes hacked a secular blogger to death at his home in Dhaka Friday, sparking protests in the capital over the fourth such murder in Bangladesh t...


French aid worker hostage freed in Yemen

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August 07, 2015 09:35 pm

REUTERS  - A Frenchwoman abducted in Yemen in February has been freed, French authorities said on Friday, adding that her captors had been about to kill her. Development worke...


Turning back the clock - North Korea creates Pyongyang Standard Time

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August 07, 2015 09:31 pm

(REUTERS) North Korea is creating its own time zone, moving its clocks back by 30 minutes to mark the 70th anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japanese rule, the official KCNA n...


Migrant boat capsizes in Mediterranean, at least 25 dead

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August 06, 2015 01:25 pm

ROME (Reuters) - A boat packed with up to 700 migrants capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya on Wednesday and many are feared dead, officials and aid agencies sa...


Indonesia orders new Bali airport closure due to volcano

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August 06, 2015 01:19 pm

DENPASAR (AFP): Indonesian authorities ordered a fresh shutdown of the airport on the resort island of Bali Thursday (Aug 6), sparking flight cancellations and travel miser...


Taliban kill six in first major attack since power transition

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August 06, 2015 01:06 pm

Kabul (AFP) - A Taliban truck bomber killed six people in a province south of Kabul Thursday, officials said, in the first major attack since the insurgents confirmed the death of ...


Saudi Arabian king leaves France after holiday controversy

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August 03, 2015 12:40 pm

Saudi Arabian King Salman left the south of France for Morocco on Sunday, cutting short a planned three-week stay after a petition from some 150,000 residents over the closure of...


Taiwan school textbook row highlights antipathy to 'one China'

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August 03, 2015 12:17 pm

(REUTERS) Protests in Taiwan over textbook revisions which students say aim to brainwash them into accepting a "one China" view of history underscore the island's growing sense of ...


Zimbabwean lion Cecil features on Empire State Building

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August 03, 2015 11:48 am

(AFP) A giant picture of the beloved Zimbabwean lion killed by an American trophy hunter was among images projected onto the Empire State Building in New York in a dazzling display...


Cecil the lion lights up New York's Empire State Building

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August 03, 2015 11:24 am

(AFP) A giant picture of the beloved Zimbabwean lion killed by an American trophy hunter was among images projected onto the Empire State Building in New York in a dazzling display...


Zimbabwe calls for extradition of Cecil the lion's killer

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July 31, 2015 08:18 pm

REUTERS The American dentist who killed Cecil the lion was a "foreign poacher" who paid for an illegal hunt and he should be extradited to Zimbabwe to face justice, environment min...


Former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam laid to rest

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July 30, 2015 03:25 pm

The mortal remains of former president APJ Abdul Kalam, who died on Monday, were taken from his ancestral house in Rameswaram to the local mosque ahead of the funeral as thousands ...


Malaysia says almost certain debris found off Madagascar is from a Boeing 777

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July 30, 2015 03:03 pm

(REUTERS )Malaysia is "almost certain" that plane debris found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean is from a Boeing 777, the deputy transport minister said on Thursday, heighteni...


'Undeterred' Facebook to expand Internet.org programme in India

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July 28, 2015 12:30 pm

Undeterred by the criticism from Net neutrality activists in India, social networking giant Facebook today said it will expand its Internet.org programme to offer free basic Intern...


Egypt ranks fourth in the world for most sued by investors

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July 28, 2015 11:35 am

(AFP) Egypt ranks fourth among countries most sued by investors, according to data from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The data, released in a ...


Obama meets Lucy, an ancient 'ancestor,' in Ethiopia

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July 28, 2015 11:11 am

(REUTERS) Barack Obama came to Africa partially to connect with the continent of his forefathers. On Monday, he met an ancestor of an altogether different kind: "Lucy," the 3.2 ...


China starts assembling world's biggest radio telescope

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July 24, 2015 03:00 pm

Beijing (AFP) - China has started assembling the world's largest radio telescope, which will have a dish the size of 30 football pitches when completed, state media reported as Bei...


Gunman opens fire at Louisiana theater, kills 3, injures 7

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July 24, 2015 01:01 pm

(REUTERS)  A lone gunman opened fire inside a crowded movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, on Thursday evening, killing two people and injuring seven others before taking his ow...


Thai general among 72 indicted over human trafficking

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July 24, 2015 12:44 pm

BANGKOK AFP: Thailand on Friday said it would indict 72 people including a senior army officer over human trafficking after the grim trade in migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh r...


Malaysia blocks website critical of PM and state fund

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July 20, 2015 03:40 pm

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) :  Malaysian authorities have blocked access to a website critical of Prime Minister Najib Razak's government, saying the British-based news portal had viol...


China begins construction of 'world's tallest' dam

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July 16, 2015 11:42 am

Beijing (AFP) - China has begun building a 314-metre (1,030-ft) high dam which will be among the world's tallest, officials said, as the country massively expands hydropower. The ...


Iran deal reached, Obama hails step towards 'more hopeful world'

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July 16, 2015 11:40 am

Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal on Tuesday, capping more than a decade of negotiations with an agreement that could transform the Middle East. U.S. Presid...


U.S. considering drones in North Africa to monitor Islamic State: WSJ

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July 13, 2015 11:17 am

REUTERS The United States is holding discussions with countries in North Africa about locating drones at a base there to heighten monitoring of Islamic State in Libya, the Wall Str...


Pope closes South America trip urging youths to 'make a mess'

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July 13, 2015 10:57 am

(REUTERS)  Pope Francis left for Rome on Sunday at the end of a trip to South America during which he censured capitalism, championed the rights of the poor, warned of irreversibl...


Syrian army says it's closing in on Islamic State in Palmyra

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July 10, 2015 11:12 am

The Syrian army said on Thursday it was closing in on Islamic State militants in control of Palmyra, in a major offensive to recapture the city of Roman ruins from the jihadists. ...


Thai PM defends decision to send Uighurs back to China

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July 10, 2015 11:09 am

Thailand's prime minister defended on Thursday a decision to forcibly return nearly 100 Uighur Muslim migrants to China despite rights groups' fears they could face ill-treatment, ...


EU sets July 20 deadline to reach deal on migration

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July 10, 2015 11:04 am

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - The European Union failed on Thursday to reach a deal to resolve a migration crisis in the Mediterranean, and instead set a deadline of July 20 to reach an a...


As deadline looms, Kerry says U.S. in no rush to get Iran deal

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July 10, 2015 10:53 am

The United States and other major powers are not in a rush to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday, suggesting an accord was unlikel...


Heavy fighting as Iraqi forces try to surround Falluja

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July 06, 2015 03:03 pm

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Shi'ite fighters and army troops made gains north of Falluja on Sunday but their efforts to seal off Islamic State militants in the city met heavy resista...




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