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Germanwings co-pilot had serious depressive episode: Bild newspaper

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March 27, 2015 07:39 pm

(Reuters) - The pilot who appears to have deliberately crashed a plane carrying 149 others into the French Alps received psychiatric treatment for a "serious depressive episode" si...


Australian icebreaker rescues ailing Antarctic base worker

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March 23, 2015 04:52 pm

AFP A seriously ill worker has been evacuated by helicopter from Australia's Antarctic station to an icebreaker ship in a dramatic round-the-clock rescue. The Aurora Australis, wi...


Richard III: English king starts final journey after remains found under car park

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March 23, 2015 12:45 pm

Dug out of a municipal car park five centuries after his battlefield death, England's Richard III has begun his final journey before receiving a burial fit for a king this week. ...


Magical views from top of the world for solar eclipse

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March 20, 2015 11:57 am

Longyearbyen (AFP) - All eyes will be on the skies Friday for a total solar eclipse expected to offer spectacular views, if only in the far northern Svalbard archipelago and Faroe ...


Thai Supreme Court accepts criminal case against former PM Yingluck

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March 19, 2015 02:52 pm

(Reuters) - Thailand's Supreme Court accepted a criminal case against ousted former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday on a charge of mishandling a multibillion dollar ...


Thousands to rally in India over nun gang-rape, says archbishop

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March 16, 2015 04:20 pm

AFP Thousands are expected to join a rally led by priests in India’s Kolkata later Monday in support of a 71-year-old nun who was gang-raped at her convent school, the city’s a...


Pakistan church attacks kill 14, spark deadly riots

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March 16, 2015 04:14 pm

AFP Fourteen people were killed and more than 70 injured when two Taliban suicide bombers attacked churches in Pakistan's Lahore on Sunday, sparking mob violence in which two other...


Simone Gbagbo: 'Iron Lady' of Ivory Coast

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March 10, 2015 11:42 am

ABIDJAN (AFP) - Ivory Coast's "Iron Lady" Simone Gbagbo, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday, basked in her role as the power behind the throne during her husband Laure...


French sports stars among 10 killed in Argentine crash

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March 10, 2015 11:28 am

Buenos Aires (AFP) - A group of French sports stars participating in a reality TV show were among 10 people killed when their helicopters collided in mid-air while filming in north...


Solar powered plan takes off in the first round the world flight

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March 09, 2015 01:19 pm

Abu Dhabi (AFP) - The first attempt to fly around the world in a plane using only solar power launched Monday in Abu Dhabi in a landmark journey aimed at promoting green energy tha...


Bangladesh activists protest US blogger's murder

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February 27, 2015 08:11 pm

AFP - Hundreds of protesters gathered in Dhaka on Friday to denounce the murder of a prominent American blogger of Bangladeshi origin hacked to death with machetes after he alleged...


Help for young people to make sense of world news

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February 23, 2015 11:21 pm

MONDAY - A team of former Reuters correspondents is launching an online service to foster global understanding by helping young people around the world come to grips with inter...


Brazil water shortage: Sao Paulo devastated by its worst drought on record

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February 23, 2015 09:38 pm

AFP - As Brazil continues to battle a historic drought, millions of people in its largest city are about to run out of water. São Paulo, home to around 20 million, is experienc...


Explosion at oil company kills two in southern India

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February 23, 2015 09:20 pm

(AFP) - An explosion at lubricants maker Gulf Oil Corp s unit in southern India killed two people and injured at least 13 others late Monday, police said. Police said the explosi...


HSBC boss defends Swiss account as bank profits slump

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February 23, 2015 09:11 pm

(AFP) HSBC's boss on Monday fended off criticism about receiving his bonuses through a Swiss bank account held by a Panamanian-registered company, as the banking giant reported a 1...


Thai pair jailed for more than two years for royal slur in play

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February 23, 2015 08:27 pm

Bangkok (AFP) - Two young Thais accused of defaming the monarchy in a university play were jailed for two and a half years on Monday, as the ruling junta intensifies a crackdown un...


India clears $8 bn plan to build warships

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February 19, 2015 02:33 pm

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India has cleared an $8 billion plan to build seven warships as part of a twin push to ramp up local production and counter an increasing assertive China, a defen...


Thai ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra indicted over rice subsidy scheme

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February 19, 2015 02:31 pm

BANGKOK (AFP): Former Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra was formally indicted over a bungled rice subsidy scheme Thursday in the latest legal move against her polarising family that...


Vanilla ice charged with burglary, report say

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February 19, 2015 02:22 pm

Vanilla Ice was bailed out of jail after being arrested in connection with a home burglary, authorities said yesterday. The former rapper, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle...


Suicide bombing kills 4 at Pakistan police complex: report

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February 17, 2015 04:21 pm

LAHORE, Pakistan — An apparent suicide bombing killed at least four people outside a police complex in eastern Pakistan on Tuesday, officials said, in a rare attack on the relati...


Isis militants are 'using mentally challenged children as suicide bombers and crucifying others', says UN body

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February 05, 2015 02:06 pm

Isis militants are using children – including those with mental health problems – as suicide bombers and human shields, according to experts from a UN watchdog. Officials b...


Kerry due in Ukraine as talk of arming Kiev grows

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February 05, 2015 01:45 pm

Kiev (AFP): US Secretary of State John Kerry was due in Kiev Thursday for talks focussing on the possibility of arming Ukrainian forces, a day after four civilians were killed ...


Taiwan pilot hailed as a hero as wreckage scoured

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February 05, 2015 11:58 am

AFP - Taiwan rescuers scoured a river for 12 people still missing from a TransAsia plane crash Thursday as the pilot was hailed as a hero for apparently battling to avoid hitting b...


Malaysia declares MH370 an 'accident'

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January 29, 2015 05:24 pm

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) : Malaysia has declared the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 an "accident", its Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) said Thursday. The Boeing ...


Pro-Russia rebels cement hold on disputed Ukraine airport

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January 23, 2015 03:27 pm

Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Pro-Russian rebels cemented their hold Friday on a long-disputed airport ceded by Ukrainian troops during an upsurge in clashes that killed nearly 50 peop...


A mother pleads as Japan hostage deadline passes

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January 23, 2015 03:13 pm

TOKYO (AFP): The deadline set by Islamic State (IS) militants threatening to kill two Japanese men unless they were given US$200 million passed on Friday (Jan 23), after one ca...


India cleans up for Obama Taj Mahal trip

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January 23, 2015 02:55 pm

(AFP) Agra - As he scrubs the road to India's Taj Mahal on his knees for less than five dollars a day, Ramjeet beams with pride at the thought of US President Barack Obama admiring...


Pollution soars in Chinese winter smog

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January 15, 2015 04:59 pm

[caption id="attachment_67942" align="alignright" width="300"] - China is plagued by heavy air pollution caused by enormous use of coal to generate electricity to power a booming e...


Merkel heightens security against Islamic extremist

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January 15, 2015 04:54 pm

AFP - German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged today to heighten security measures against Islamist extremists, speaking to parliament eight days after the Paris attacks on the Char...


World leaders, media groups condemn 'barbaric' Paris attack

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January 08, 2015 08:50 am

(AFP) World leaders and media rights groups condemned the "barbaric" shooting at a Paris weekly Wednesday which left 12 dead, dubbing it an act of terror and an attack on free spee...




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