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German Chancellor Angela Merkel begins China visit 
Sunday, 06 July 2014 - 15:43
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is beginning a three-day visit to China with trade issues high on the agenda.The countries are important trading partners and Merkel is travelling with a large delegation of German business executives.Today...
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6 magnitude quake strikes western Indonesia: USGS 
Sunday, 06 July 2014 - 8:42
A strong 6 magnitude earthquake struck western Indonesia yesterday, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.The quake struck at a depth of 30 kilometres,...
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400 trucks burn on Afghan roads. 
Saturday, 05 July 2014 - 16:55
According to police spokesman Hash-ma-tullah Sta-nek-zai, more than 400 trucks carrying fuel and oil were burning on roads west of Kabul, Afghanistan.Emergency crews tried to contain the damage.Residents and local news reporters posted...
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Iraq crisis: Stranded Indian nurses freed 
Saturday, 05 July 2014 - 10:03
The special Air India flight carrying 46 Indian nurses set free by Sunni militants ISIS in strife-torn Iraq and 137 others would first land in Mumbai and reach here around noon today, a top airport official said.The flight carrying...
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Germans summon envoy over US spy 
Saturday, 05 July 2014 - 8:05
The German authorities have summoned the US ambassador in Berlin after a man was arrested on suspicion of spying.The US diplomat "was asked to help in the swift clarification" of the case.German officials confirmed the arrest but released...
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European airports boost screening over US fears of attacks 
Friday, 04 July 2014 - 19:43
France boosted passenger screening at its airports, responding to a Washington request for extra security for US-bound flights over fears Islamist radicals could be plotting new attacks using hard-to-detect bombs.The French move, follows...
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Flyover collapses in Brazilian city-Video 
Friday, 04 July 2014 - 13:36
A flyover has collapsed on to vehicles in the Brazilian World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte, killing two people.The concrete and steel bridge, which was under construction, fell on to traffic on a busy highway.The front of a commuter...
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Strikes, tight security as India's Modi visits Kashmir 
Friday, 04 July 2014 - 9:39
India's Narendra Modi faces a hostile welcome today as he makes his first visit as prime minister to Kashmir, where he has angered some with his apparent desire to curb the region's autonomy.The trip by Modi, has provoked a sharp reaction...
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Hurricane Arthur skirts North Carolina 
Friday, 04 July 2014 - 8:16
Hurricane Arthur, packing winds of 100mph, is heading up the coast of US state North Carolina, forcing thousands to abandon their 4 July holiday plans.The eye of the first hurricane of the season, now a Category 2 storm, was 45 miles...
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China, South Korea summit pushes North over nuclear weapons 
Friday, 04 July 2014 - 8:01
China and South Korea issued a joint call for the de-nuclearisation of the Korean peninsula at a summit in Seoul that was seen as a pointed snub of nuclear-armed North Korea by chief ally Beijing.In a joint statement after their talks,...
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Travellers to US face tighter airport security 
Thursday, 03 July 2014 - 16:39
Travellers flying to the United States from Europe and the Middle East face tighter airport security checks from today, due to fears extremist Muslim groups are making new explosives able to slip by standard checks. The measures threaten...
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South Sudan hunger crisis 'to affect four million' 
Thursday, 03 July 2014 - 11:03
Some four million people in South Sudan are likely to face critical food shortages next month, British aid agencies have warned.But the Disasters Emergency Committee says the cost of mounting an appeal to pay for aid might outweigh...
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China's Xi visits South Korea in snub to North 
Thursday, 03 July 2014 - 10:28
China's president arrived in Seoul today for a state visit seen as a snub to Beijing's traditional ally North Korea, whose nuclear weapons ambitions will dominate talks with South Korean leader Park Geun-hye.It was Xi Jinping's first...
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Narendra Modi is world's second most popular politician on Facebook 
Thursday, 03 July 2014 - 10:03
The Internet can be a potent medium for politicians to not just communicate with the public at large, but also bring in transparency in operations, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said today.Prime Minister Narendra...
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Tighter security for flights to US 
Thursday, 03 July 2014 - 10:05
Security is being tightened at airports with direct flights into the US - including some in the UK - in response to US warnings of a "credible threat".The UK transport department confirmed airport security was being stepped up.Neither...
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Palestinians await funeral of teenager killed in Israel 
Thursday, 03 July 2014 - 10:13
Palestinians are preparing to hold the funeral of a teenager abducted and murdered in Israel.The killing of 17-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdair on Wednesday was condemned by both Israeli and Palestinian leaders.The murder sparked fierce...
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Iraq Prime Minister offers amnesty to turn tide of offensive 
Thursday, 03 July 2014 - 8:06
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki offered a general amnesty in a rare conciliatory move to undercut support for militants whose offensive has overrun swathes of territory and threatens to tear Iraq apart.The offer comes after a farcical...
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Iraq running out of time for political unity 
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 - 20:06
The US and UN have sharply criticised Iraqi leaders, warning time is running out after chaos in parliament despite calls for unity in the face of a Sunni militant offensive.Political rifts were plainly on display at the opening of...
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EU preparing new Russia sanctions, but no decision yet 
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 - 12:09
The European Union is preparing new sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine but no decision has been taken yet.Ambassadors from the 28-nation bloc met in Brussels and decided that "the preparation of sanctions will be...
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Pakistan troops disrupted Waziristan terror bases - army 
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 - 8:27
Pakistan's army says it has severely disrupted militant bases in the North Waziristan tribal region.A spokesman said a huge bomb-making factory was found in Miranshah town.A ground offensive began on Monday after two weeks of air strikes...
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Obama sends more troops to Baghdad as Iraq battles to stop offensive 
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 - 17:19
US President Barack Obama has deployed 200 more troops to Baghdad to protect the US embassy as Iraq's parliament was set to convene today, to seek a solution to the country's sectarian crisis.Obama said in a letter to Congress released...
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Any Israeli attack will open 'the gates of hell', warns Hamas 
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 - 12:10
The Islamist movement Hamas warned.Any Israeli action to punish Hamas for the alleged murder of three teenagers whose bodies were found yesterday would open "the gates of hell,"The warning came shortly after Israel confirmed finding...
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Public asked to spot clever birds 
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 - 11:13
The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) is asking the public to take part in a national survey of bird intelligence.From 1 July, the charity is asking people to submit video clips or descriptions of the behaviour or rooks - some of...
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Indonesia surpasses Brazil in deforestation rate 
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 - 11:28
A new study has shown that Indonesia lost about 60,000 sq km of virgin forest - an area close to the size of Ireland - over a period of 12 years.The rate of deforestation has increased so much that Indonesia has for the first time...
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Satellite to seek 'missing carbon' 
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 - 11:27
The US space agency (Nasa) will make a second attempt on Tuesday to put a high-resolution carbon dioxide observatory in orbit.The first satellite was destroyed on launch in 2009.Since then, scientists and engineers have built a near...
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Abducted Israeli teens found dead near Hebron 
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 - 10:54
Three Israeli teenagers who were abducted earlier this month in the West Bank have been found dead.An Israeli military spokesman said their bodies were found in a pit near the town of Halhul, north of Hebron.Both aged 16, and 19 were...
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Isis rebels declare 'Islamic state' in Iraq and Syria 
Monday, 30 June 2014 - 18:36
Jihadist militant group Isis has said it is establishing a caliphate, or Islamic state, on the territories it controls in Iraq and Syria.It also proclaimed the group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as caliph and "leader for Muslims...
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Europe warns Putin on eve of Ukraine truce deadline. 
Monday, 30 June 2014 - 12:02
The leaders of Germany and France warned Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday, that Russia could be hit with punishing sanctions within days unless he forced Ukrainian rebels Moscow is accused of backing, to suspend their deadly...
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Around 30 bodies found in migrant boat 
Monday, 30 June 2014 - 11:34
About 30 bodies have been found in a migrant boat which was stopped between Sicily and the North African coast.The rescuers made the gruesome discovery when they boarded a fishing boat carrying around 590 refugees and migrants to evacuate...
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Nigeria: 'Boko Haram' attack villages near Chibok 
Monday, 30 June 2014 - 8:45
Four villages in north-eastern Nigeria have been attacked by suspected Boko Haram militants who targeted at least one church.Some unconfirmed reports say 40 civilians and 6 insurgents were killed as militants and vigilantes clashed.It...
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Scores trapped' in India collapse 
Sunday, 29 June 2014 - 20:05
More than 100 people are still feared trapped after a building collapsed in southern India.At least nine people died and several were hurt when the 12-storey building under construction toppled in Chennai in heavy rain.Hours earlier,...
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NASA completes successful test of saucer-shaped craft to be used to land on Mars 
Sunday, 29 June 2014 - 11:43
A US space agency experiment to test future Mars landing technologies proved largely successful.A flying saucer-shaped vehicle was sent high into the atmosphere via a balloon to trial a new type of parachute and an inflatable Kevlar...
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Nigeria violence: Several dead in Bauchi blast 
Sunday, 29 June 2014 - 9:30
At least 10 people have been killed and 14 injured in an explosion in the northern Nigerian city of Bauchi.The blast, which took place on Friday evening occurred in a building, widely known as a brothel.The cause of the blast is not...
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Ukraine extends truce for east 
Saturday, 28 June 2014 - 8:08
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has extended a week-long ceasefire with pro-Russian separatists in the east for another three days.He said he was hoping for progress on his peace plan.Some rebel leaders in the Donetsk and Luhansk...
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Kerry in Syria opposition talks as US moves to arm rebels 
Friday, 27 June 2014 - 18:27
The US top diplomat headed for talks with the Syrian opposition and its key backer Saudi Arabia today after the White House asked lawmakers for 500 million dollars to train and equip vetted rebels.The move would mark a significant...
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