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Angela Merkel celebrates after German election win

227 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

209 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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Sri Lanka’s Tamils vote after decades of war

174 ViewsJAFFNA, Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka’s Tamils go to the polls on Saturday to elect what they hope is a shot at self-rule after decades of bloodshed that claimed over 100,000 lives. Tamils in the country’s battle-scarred northern province are voting for the first time to elect a semi-autonomous council, in an election called amid […]

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New FBI director defends Obama’s surveillance program

174 ViewsAFP: The FBI’s new director says he supports the government’s electronic surveillance program as a useful, “legal” tool, even though he opposed eavesdropping activities under ex-president George W. Bush. Two weeks after taking over at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey said in an interview with AFP and several other news outlets that […]

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Iran leader offers to broker Syria talks

207 ViewsAFP: Iranian President Hassan Rowhani says his government is ready to “help facilitate dialogue” between the Syrian government and the opposition. “We must join hands to constructively work toward national dialogue, whether in Syria or Bahrain. We must create an atmosphere where peoples of the region can decide their own fates,” Rowhani wrote in […]

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Australian PM insists no argument with Indonesia

261 ViewsSYDNEY (AFP) Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday said he was confident his government could work with Indonesia despite a senior Jakarta official calling his controversial asylum-seeker policy “offensive”. Indonesian MP Tantowi Yahya, a member of the parliamentary foreign affairs commission, said there were “major concerns” that the policy would interfere with his […]

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Novartis probes corruption claims in Chinese press

215 ViewsZURICH (AFP). Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis has opened an internal inquiry following Chinese press accusations of corruption at its Alcon eye care division. “Alcon does not tolerate activities that are not in compliance with the laws and regulations in the markets where we operate,” Novartis said in a statement. “When any inappropriate activities are […]

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Flooded Acapulco hit by looting as tourists airlifted

220 ViewsACAPULCO, Mexico (AFP) Mexican military and commercial flights airlifted hundreds of tourists stranded in the flooded resort of Acapulco, where thousands of looters ransacked stores after two deadly storms struck the country. The official death toll rose to 47 Tuesday after the tropical storms, Ingrid and Manuel, swamped large swaths of Mexico during a […]

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Congolese nun wins UN refugee prize

243 ViewsA Congolese nun who has dedicated herself to helping women who have escaped cruelty at the hands of Ugandan rebels has won the annual Nansen prize awarded by the UNHCR, the refugee agency announced Tuesday. Sister Angelique Namaika receives the $100,000 (75,000 euro) UN prize named after the late Norwegian polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen, […]

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Shooting spree at Washington naval base leaves 13 dead

219 ViewsA former US naval reservist opened fire at a base in the heart of Washington on Monday, killing 12 people and exchanging fire with police before losing his own life. Police identified the alleged shooter as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, of Forth Worth, Texas, who served full-time in the Navy from 2007 to 2011 before […]

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