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Myanmar president visits riot hit western state

65 ViewsTHANDWE (MYANMAR) (AFP) – Myanmar’s leader toured a strife-wracked western state Wednesday after anti-Muslim riots left one dead and homes razed in a resurgence of sectarian violence that has overshadowed internationally lauded political reforms. President Thein Sein arrived in Rakhine on Tuesday on his first trip to the region since a wave of religious […]

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Protests as Vietnam dissident lawyer stands trial

85 ViewsHanoi (AFP) – One of Vietnam’s most prominent dissidents went on trial Wednesday as hundreds of his supporters staged a protest in the capital against the one-party communist state’s crackdown on dissent. Scores of police formed a ring around the Hanoi People’s Court, where lawyer and blogger Le Quoc Quan appeared on tax evasion […]

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Venezuela expels top US diplomat, two others

73 Views(Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Monday he was expelling the top U.S. diplomat in the South American nation and two others, accusing them of meeting with opposition leaders and encouraging “acts of sabotage” against his country. It was the latest of several public disputes between the socialist leader and the United […]

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Pope to unveil sainthood date for John Paul II, John XXIII

89 ViewsVATICAN CITY (AFP) – Pope Francis was on Monday set to announce the date that predecessors John Paul II and John XXIII will be made saints in a ceremony expected to draw hundreds of thousands of pilgrims. The popular Polish pope John Paul and his Italian predecessor, two of modern-day Catholicism’s most influential figures, […]

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75 missing as boats sink in South China Sea typhoon

79 ViewsBeijing (AFP) – More than 70 people were missing after three Chinese boats sank in a powerful typhoon in the South China Sea, state media said on Monday, as Vietnam undertook mass evacuations. So far 74 people have been confirmed missing as “three fishing boats have sunk since Sunday afternoon”, China’s official Xinhua news […]

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Afghan doctors remove extra head from baby girl

103 ViewsSurgeons in Afghanistan have carried out a life-saving operation on a baby girl born with an extra head. The three-month-old girl named Asree Gul, who was one of a pair of twins, was admitted to a hospital in the eastern city of Jalalabad with an extra head attached to her scalp. “Her mother gave […]

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More than 200 killed in huge Pakistan quake

91 ViewsKHUZDAR, Pakistan (AFP) – Pakistan’s military Wednesday rushed to reach the scene of a huge earthquake that killed at least 208 people and toppled many mud-built homes when it hit the country’s south with enough force to create a new island off the coast. The 7.7-magnitude quake struck on Tuesday afternoon in Baluchistan province’s […]

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World powers wrangle over Syria resolution at UN

76 ViewsUNITED NATIONS (AFP) – US President Barack Obama demanded Tuesday the United Nations take tough action against Syria, as Russia wrangled with the West over how to strip Bashar al-Assad of his chemical arsenal. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon opened the United Nations General Assembly leaders’ debate by calling on outside powers not to […]

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Angela Merkel celebrates after German election win

71 ViewsChancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party has won Germany’s election, but finished just short of an absolute majority, official results show. Mrs Merkel urged her party to celebrate “a super result” as she looked set for a historic third term. Her conservative bloc took about 41.5% of the vote – but her liberal partners failed […]

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Chemical watchdog examines Syria weapons details

76 ViewsDAMASCUS (AFP) – The world’s chemical weapons watchdog has begun on Saturday to examine details of Syria’s chemical arsenal supplied by the regime, as rebels agreed a truce with jihadists in a key border town.China urged a quick implementation of a landmark US-Russian deal to destroy Syria’s chemical stockpile, as the Hague-based Organisation for […]

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