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Latest NewsIndonesia landslide kills 18, leaves 90 missing
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Indonesia landslide kills 18,
leaves 90 missing
Banjarnegara, December 14 - A mudslide set off by torrential rains rushed down hills into a village in central Indonesia and swept away scores of homes, killing at least 18 persons and leaving 90 others missing, officials said today.
About 105 houses were swept away by the landslide late Friday in Jemblung village in Central Java province’s Banjarnegara district, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigat [ ... ]

Latest NewsAttacks kill 20 in Afghanistan as NATO deadline looms
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Attacks kill 20 in Afghanistan
as NATO deadline looms
Kabul, December 14 - Taliban insurgents killed at least 20 persons in a series of gun and suicide attacks in Afghanistan today, underlining worsening security as US-led NATO forces end their combat mission in the country.
A suicide blast wrecked an Afghan military bus in Kabul, killing seven soldiers, while a senior court official was assassinated in the city and 12 Afghan mine clearance workers were gunned down in the south.
Two NAT [ ... ]

Latest NewsClimate talks run into extra time
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Climate talks run
into extra time
Lima, December 14 - Crucial UN climate talks ran into extra time as negotiators from more than 190 countries, including India, today struggled to break a deadlock between rich and developing countries to agree on a draft text of a new binding agreement to cut global carbon emissions.
The negotiators, who have been in the Peruvian capital for about two weeks, are grappling to prepare the elements of the draft due to the logjam between developing countries [ ... ]

Latest NewsEbola vaccine trial suspended after side effects
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Ebola vaccine trial suspended
after side effects Geneva, December 12 - A clinical trial of an Ebola vaccine has been suspended after four patients complained of joint pains in their limbs, the University of Geneva hospital said Thursday. "They are all fine and being monitored regularly by the medical team leading the study," The Guardian quoted the hospital as saying in a statement.
The trials of the vaccine, developed by pharmaceutical firms Merck and NewLink, will now begin Jan [ ... ]

Latest NewsTwin suicide attacks rock Kabul
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Twin suicide attacks rock Kabul
KABUL, December 12 - A teenaged suicide bomber targeted a packed auditorium at a French-run high school in Afghanistan's capital on Thursday, killing at least one person, hours after another attack left six Afghan soldiers dead on the outskirts of Kabul, officials said.
The Afghan capital has been hit by a series of bombings and armed attacks this year as most foreign combat troops prepare to withdraw at the end of the month.
Deputy Interior Minister Genera [ ... ]

Latest NewsHong Kong’s pro-democracy protest ends
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Hong Kong’s pro-democracy
protest ends
Hong Kong, December 12 - Hong Kong police arrested over 200 pro-democracy activists and cleared most of the main protest site on Thursday, marking an end to more than two months of street demonstrations in the Chinese-controlled city, but many chanted: “We will be back”.
Most activists chose to leave the Admiralty site, next to the Central business area, peacefully, despite their demands for a free vote not being met. But the overa [ ... ]

Latest NewsHong Kong braces for end of pro-democracy protests
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Hong Kong braces for end of
pro-democracy protests
Hong Kong, December 11 - "We'll be back" was the farewell message Wednesday from protesters in Hong Kong's principal business and shopping districts where they were awaiting the final act of the unprecedented pro-democracy campaign they began over two months earlier.
Thursday, thousands of policemen will execute a High Court order to clear the protest sites which have disrupted traffic in the city ever since demonstrations bro [ ... ]

Latest NewsRichard Verma confirmed as US envoy to India
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Richard Verma confirmed
as US envoy to India
Washington, December 11 - Richard Rahul Verma was today unanimously confirmed as the next US Ambassador to India by the Senate, making him the first-ever Indian-American to hold the post.
Fortysix-year-old Verma’s nomination was approved by the Senate by a voice vote, reflecting a sense of bi-partisan support to the Indo-US ties and showing his popularity among Senators across the aisle.
The Senate raced through his nomination process a [ ... ]

Latest NewsPalestinian minister dies after Israeli assault
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Palestinian minister dies
after Israeli assault
West Bank, December 11 - A Palestinian Cabinet member died shortly after a West Bank protest today in which witnesses said Israeli troops fired tear gas at him and dozens of Palestinians marchers. Witnesses also said the Cabinet member, Ziad Abu Ain, was beaten by an Israeli soldier. The Israeli military said it is looking into the report and had no immediate comment.
The incident began with a march by several dozen Palestinians who headed  [ ... ]

Latest NewsTests confirm remains of 1 of 43 abducted Mexican students
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Tests confirm remains of
1 of 43 abducted Mexican students
Mexico City, December 8 - Tests have identified the remains of one of the 43 trainee teachers abducted 10 weeks ago in southwestern Mexico, a source close to the investigation said on Saturday, apparently confirming a feared massacre the government has blamed on drug gang henchmen.
The brazen attack has sent shockwaves through Mexico, shining a spotlight on the nexus between impunity, corruption and drug gangs that has blighted L [ ... ]

Latest NewsProtest of chokehold death turns violent
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Protest of chokehold
death turns violent
New York, December 8 - A protest in California turned violent when masked demonstrators smashed windows and threw objects at police. Demonstrations around the country continued over a New York City grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man.
Officer Jenn Coats, a spokeswoman for the Berkeley Police Department, said several businesses were looted and damaged and two officers were injure [ ... ]

Latest NewsStudent leader Wong calls off hunger strike
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Student leader Wong
calls off hunger strike
Hong Kong, December 7 - Joshua Wong, the teenage face of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, said today he has ended a four-day hunger strike designed to force the government into further talks on political reform.
“Under the strong urging of the doctor, I have stopped the hunger strike,” Wong, who had not eaten in 108 hours, said on his Facebook and Twitter feeds.
The 18-year-old said he felt “ex [ ... ]

Latest NewsPutin, Hollande hope Ukraine ceasefire will soon take hold
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Putin, Hollande hope Ukraine
ceasefire will soon take hold
Moscow, December 7 - French President Francois Hollande said after an impromptu visit to Russia for crisis talks with Vladimir Putin on Saturday that a ceasefire could take hold in eastern Ukraine in the next few days.
The Russian president, who met Hollande during his stopover at a Moscow airport after a trip to Kazakhstan, said he also hoped agreement would be reached soon to shore up a shaky truce reached for east Ukraine on S [ ... ]

Latest NewsGrammy nomination for Anoushka again
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Grammy nomination
for Anoushka again
Los Angeles, December 7 - Sitarist Anoushka Shankar, daughter of late sitar maestro Ravi Shankar, has been nominated in the Best World Music Album category for her album, ‘Traces of You’ at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.
Anoushka has been nominated for the coveted award thrice in the past. ‘Traces of You’ is her seventh album, and features her half-sister, Norah Jones, on the track ‘The Sun Won’t Set.’
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Latest NewsUS, South African hostages in Yemen killed in rescue attempt
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US, South African hostages in
Yemen killed in rescue attempt
Sanaa, December 7 - A US journalist and a South African teacher held by Al-Qaida militants in Yemen were killed alongside 10 of their captors during a rescue attempt by US and Yemeni forces, senior officials said on Saturday.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said Qaida militants killed Luke Somers, 33, and another foreign national hostage during the rescue operation, which he said was only approved because of information that t [ ... ]

Latest NewsRecognising Afghan Taliban was Pak’s blunder: Musharraf
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Recognising Afghan Taliban
was Pak’s blunder: Musharraf
Karachi, December 6 - Nearly two decades after Pakistan recognised the brutal Taliban regime in Afghanistan, former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf has admitted that the move was a “blunder”.
Speaking at the Youth Parliament here yesterday, Musharraf said that Pakistan was the only country that recognised the Taliban government in Afghanistan when it grabbed power in 1996 up to 2001 as Saudi Arabia and UAE  [ ... ]

Latest NewsSouth Africans celebrate Mandela
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South Africans
celebrate Mandela
Pretoria, December 6 - South Africa marked the first anniversary of former President Nelson Mandela’s death on Friday with tributes to his struggle against white-minority rule and sober reflections on the country’s failure to capitalise on the freedom he fought for.
Veterans of the anti-apartheid struggle lay wreaths at the foot of a towering statue of Mandela in Pretoria, where crowds earlier sang “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika” (G [ ... ]

Latest NewsPost Garner verdict, New Yorkers clamour for changes in system
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Post Garner verdict, New Yorkers
clamour for changes in system
New York, December 6 - A day after a grand jury exonerated the police officer who was responsible for the death of Eric Garner, there were fresh protests in New York demanding drastic changes in the judicial and police system.
“What is needed is a drastic change, from the first contact of the person with the police right up to the judicial system which includes judges and laws,” said Lycia Ora, president elect of  [ ... ]

Latest NewsProtesters block NY streets as jury fails to indict white cop
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Protesters block NY streets
as jury fails to indict white cop
US Justice Dept to probe death of 43-yr-old black man

New York, December 5 - Thousands of demonstrators blocked streets, snarling New York City traffic into early Thursday morning, after a grand jury decided not to charge a white police officer for causing the death of an unarmed black man with a chokehold.
Mostly peaceful protests sprang up on Wednesday evening throughout Manhattan, including at Grand Central  [ ... ]

Latest NewsGun battles in Chechen capital leave 19 dead
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Gun battles in Chechen
capital leave 19 dead
Grozny (Russia), December 5 - Gun battles early today in the capital of Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Chechnya left 10 police officers and at least nine militants’ dead after two buildings were stormed, including a school, authorities said.
The fighting, which punctured the patina of stability ensured by years of heavy-handed rule by the Kremlin-appointed leader, broke out hours before Russian President Vladimir Putin gave hi [ ... ]

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