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China issues warning over Hong Kong 'illegal' protests  
Thursday, 02 October 2014 - 8:18
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi has issued a stern warning against any "illegal" protests in Hong Kong.Visiting Washington, Wang also warned that the matter was an "internal affair" for China.His US counterpart, John Kerry, urged...
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Fresh strikes around key Syrian town of Kobane.  
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 - 17:46
US-led forces have carried out air strikes on Islamic State militants battling Kurdish fighters around the northern Syrian border town of Kobane..Syrian activists said, at least 10 people were killed overnight, as the jihadists moved...
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First Ebola case diagnosed in the US  
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 - 10:01
The first case of the deadly Ebola virus diagnosed on US soil has been confirmed in Dallas, Texas.Officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital say the unidentified patient is being kept in isolation.The man is thought to have contracted...
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Obama and Modi call for 'new agenda' between US and India  
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 - 8:31
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama have called for a "new agenda" between their countries during Modi's US visit.The two leaders outlined their agenda for future US-Indian relations in an article, as...
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Deadliest attacks by pro-Russian rebels threaten Ukraine truce.  
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 - 17:18
Ukraine's truce and troops withdrawal deal lay in tatters today, after the deadliest wave of attacks by pro-Russian insurgents in more than a month left 9 soldiers and 4 civilians dead.13 soldiers and civilians were killed in 24 hours,...
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Israel Prime Minister warns nuclear-armed Iran would be 'gravest threat'  
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 - 11:20
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned at the United Nations that a nuclear-capable Iran would pose the gravest threat to the world, far outstripping terrorism from Iraq and Syria.Netanyahu spoke a week after US President...
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Islamic State militants close in on key Syria border town  
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 - 8:25
Islamic State fighters closed in yesterday to within only a few kilometres of a key Kurdish town on Syria's border with Turkey, despite continued air strikes by the US-led coalition.NATO member Turkey's government meanwhile said it...
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Protesters defiant amid Hong Kong stand-off  
Monday, 29 September 2014 - 19:46
Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters are blocking Hong Kong's streets, shutting down the territory's business hub and ignoring appeals to leave.The demonstrations have spread to other areas including a shopping district and...
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US underestimated rise of IS; says Obama  
Monday, 29 September 2014 - 15:47
US President Barack Obama has acknowledged that US agencies underestimated the threat posed by the Islamist insurgency in Syria.In a frank TV interview, he said that al-Qaeda had been beaten in Iraq by US forces working with Sunni...
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Hong Kong: Fresh clashes as pro-democracy protests spread.  
Monday, 29 September 2014 - 8:27
Thousands of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong defied fresh volleys of tear gas early on Monday as authorities tried to quell spreading unrest.Overnight, riot police advanced on crowds who ignored official warnings that the demonstrations...
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Panneerselvam to Replace Jayalalithaa as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.-Video    
Sunday, 28 September 2014 - 18:03
Panneerselvam has been chosen to be Tamil Nadu's new chief minister; a day after J Jayalalithaa was convicted and sentenced over an 18-year-old corruption case by a Bangalore court.Panneerselvam, a former chief minister, was elected...
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Update: Jayalalithaa Sentenced to 4 Years in Jail in Corruption Case.-Video    
Saturday, 27 September 2014 - 17:39
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa was today held guilty in a disproportionate assets case.Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has been sentenced to four years in jail after she was found guilty of corruption by a Bangalore...
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Palestinian leader accuses Israel of 'genocide'  
Saturday, 27 September 2014 - 17:22
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas accused Israel yesterday, of a "genocidal crime" in Gaza, telling the United Nations negotiations had failed and the time for Palestinian independence had come, drawing a sharp rebuke from Washington.Abbas...
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Jayalalitha found guilty of corruption by Bangalore court  
Saturday, 27 September 2014 - 15:13
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has been found guilty of corruption by a Bangalore court, where she was present for the verdict, alleging she amassed assets disproportionate to her known income.
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Cancer kills three 9/11 firefighters on the same day  
Saturday, 27 September 2014 - 8:30
Three firefighters who were on duty at Ground Zero during the 9/11 attacks have died on the same day from cancer.Lieutenant Howard Bischoff, and firefighters Robert Leaver and Daniel Heglund,  died within hours of one another...
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US says IS damaged by coalition air strikes in Syria  
Saturday, 27 September 2014 - 8:29
The US armed forces chief says Islamic State militants are being damaged by air strikes in Syria but air power alone is not enough to defeat them.Gen Martin Dempsey said a political solution and a ground campaign would both be needed...
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1,000 fighters from Asia join IS group  
Friday, 26 September 2014 - 12:51
About 1,000 volunteers from the Asia-Pacific region have sought to join the Islamic State group.Admiral Samuel Locklear, who oversees American forces across Asia as head of Pacific Command, gave the estimate a day after the United...
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Iran leader slams West blunders but eyes cooperation  
Friday, 26 September 2014 - 8:53
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani wavered between criticism and engagement in a speech to the UN slamming Western blunders in the Middle East but signalling commitment to securing a deal on nuclear power.Days after the United States...
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UN Security Council passes resolution on foreign militants.  
Thursday, 25 September 2014 - 17:22
US President Barack Obama today led the UN Security Council in approving a resolution demanding that countries take action to stem the flow of foreign militants to Iraq and Syria.The resolution unanimously approved by the 15-member...
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India launches manufacturing campaign, "Make in india"  
Thursday, 25 September 2014 - 17:39
India's prime minister has launched a campaign to entice investment and promote the country as the world's next cheap labor economy.The "Make in India" campaign is as much a slick marketing campaign as it is a promise to streamline...
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Boko Haram fighters 'surrender' as alleged chief killed  
Thursday, 25 September 2014 - 8:45
The Nigerian military has said that more than 260 Boko Haram militants have surrendered in north-eastern Nigeria.A spokesman also said that the military had killed the man posing as the group's leader, Abubakar Shekau.Mohammed Bashir...
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''World is united' in fighting IS; says Obama  
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 - 18:45
US President Barack Obama said that air strikes the United States and its Arab allies unleashed against the Islamic State group in Syria send a clear message that the world is united in confronting the militants.Dozens of IS and Al-Qaeda...
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Ebola death rates 70% - WHO study  
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 - 13:12
The World Health Organization says that new figures suggest 70% of those infected with Ebola in West Africa have died, higher than previously reported.The UN agency has warns that Ebola infections will treble to 20,000 by November...
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Sulaiman Abu Ghaith sentenced to life in prison.  
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 - 8:38
Osama Bin Laden's son-in-law, who was an al-Qaeda spokesman after 9/11, has been sentenced to life in prison for terrorism-related charges at a trial in New York.Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, 48, is the highest-ranking al-Qaeda figure to face...
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India Mars mission arrives in orbit  
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 - 8:35
India has successfully put a satellite into orbit around Mars on its first attempt.The Mangalyaan robotic probe arrived in orbit early on Wednesday following a 10-month journey from Earth.A 24-minute engine burn slowed the probe down...
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US, 'partners' launch first strikes in Syria  
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 - 20:19
The United States and Arab allies launched strikes from the air and sea against Islamic State militants in Syria today, opening a new front in the battle against the brutal extremist group.The US Central Command said in a statement...
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Abe drops plan for Putin visit to Japan this year  
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 - 12:37
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has dropped plans to host Russian President Vladimir Putin in Japan this year due to friction after Tokyo imposed sanctions on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.The two countries had agreed on the Russian leader's...
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Leonardo DiCaprio joins thousands on New York climate change march  
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 - 15:11
Celebrities and politicians joined tens of thousands of protesters on the streets of New York for what is being billed as one of the world’s largest climate change marches.Leonardo DiCaprio, who last week was named as the United...
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Syria Kurds battle IS militants' advance as thousands flee  
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 - 8:25
Kurdish militia fought to defend a key border town in northern Syria after 130,000 terrified residents fled to Turkey to escape an advance by the Islamic State group.Amid calls for a US-led coalition to support the Kurds with warplanes,...
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Turkey clamps down on Syria border after Kurdish unrest.  
Monday, 22 September 2014 - 15:42
Turkey has begun to close some of its border crossings with Syria after at least 70,000 Kurdish refugees entered the country since Friday.This follows clashes on Sunday between Turkish security forces and protesting Kurds. The closures...
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Poroshenko warns Ukraine will defend itself if truce fails.  
Monday, 22 September 2014 - 7:20
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko warned yesterday, that his country must be ready to defend itself should a peace plan aimed at ending a 5-month war with pro-Russian insurgents, fall through.The pro-Western leader's comments followed...
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Afghan presidential contenders sign unity deal.-Video    
Sunday, 21 September 2014 - 16:59
A deal to form a government of national unity in Afghanistan has been signed at a ceremony in Kabul.The signing - broadcast live on national TV - comes after months of wrangling following presidential elections in April and June.Under...
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Ukrainians Literally Throw Politician Into The Garbage    
Saturday, 20 September 2014 - 14:02
A Ukrainian politician was surrounded by protestors who threw him into a dumpster on Tuesday before holding him down, splashing him with water and smacking him with a stray tire.The subject of the dumping, Vitaly Zhuravsky, is a former...
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Six Russian fighter jets intercepted by off Alaska  
Saturday, 20 September 2014 - 8:08
US defence officials have confirmed that Six Russian fighter jets were intercepted by American and Canadian planes off the coast of Alaska.They entered what is known as the Air Defence Identification Zone, but did not enter US air...
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France launches first air strike on IS in Iraq-Video    
Friday, 19 September 2014 - 18:53
French jets have carried out their first strike against Islamic State militants in Iraq.A statement said planes had attacked an IS depot in north-east Iraq, and there would be more raids in the coming days.The US has carried out more...
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Monday, 20 October 2014 - 8:03
The Disaster Management Centre says that number of lowlands in the Kalutara, Galle and Matara districts were inundated yesterday due to the rising water levels of the Kalu, Gin and Nilwala rivers.The deputy Director of the ...
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