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Palestinian people's protection demanded
Oct 05

Palestinian people's protection demanded

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has demanded the UN to provide international protection for the Palestinian people as soon as possible.Abbas made his remarks in a phone conversation with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, during which they discussed recent events and escalations in Jerusalem, according to...

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Pope Francis crowns New York visit with public mass
Sep 25

Pope Francis crowns New York visit with public mass

New York Pope Francis crowned a packed tour of New York on Friday by celebrating mass at Madison Square Garden, after greeting crowds in Central Park and praying for world peace at the 9/11 Memorial. Around 20,000 people packed into MSG, New York's premier concert venue and home of the Knicks basketball team, after...

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Seattle bus crash victims identified, families flown in
Sep 25

Seattle bus crash victims identified, families flown in

Seattle  Investigators on Friday combed through the wreckage of two buses that crashed in Seattle, as authorities released the names of the four foreign students who died in the accident.  Among the fatalities was a 49-year-old Austrian woman, Claudia Derschmidt, who had just arrived in the West Coast...

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UN migrant rights expert puts off Australia visit over 'unacceptable' restrictions
Sep 25

UN migrant rights expert puts off Australia visit over 'unacceptable' restrictions

Geneva An independent UN expert on migrant rights said Friday he had postponed a visit to Australia citing restrictions on his access to detention centres, and concerns people he met with could face reprisals.  Francois Crepeau said he had been invited by the Australian government to visit from September 27 to...

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Sarzozy backs 'united Spain' amid Catalan independence bid
Sep 25

Sarzozy backs 'united Spain' amid Catalan independence bid

Barcelona  Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy appealed for a "united Spain" in Barcelona on Friday as campaigning wrapped up for a regional election in Catalonia framed as an indirect vote on independence.  "Europe needs Spain, a united Spain, a strong Spain, a Spain that is standing up," he told a...

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When VW catches a cold, German town Wolfsburg gets pneumonia
Sep 25

When VW catches a cold, German town Wolfsburg gets pneumonia

Wolfsburg  From the local museum to the main football stadium to the theme park down the road, everything in the German town of Wolfsburg has something of Volkswagen.  As the German auto giant slides deeper into an emissions cheating scandal, the little northern city home to the group's headquarters is...

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Four killed and dozens hurt in US school bus collision
Sep 25

Four killed and dozens hurt in US school bus collision

Seattle A school bus carrying international students collided with a tour vehicle in the US West Coast city of Seattle Thursday, killing at least four people and injuring dozens of others, officials said. In addition to the four fatalities, 51 people were injured, including 15 critically, with several needing...

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Indonesian quake injures scores, shakes popular tourist spot
Sep 25

Indonesian quake injures scores, shakes popular tourist spot

Sorong  A powerful earthquake in remote eastern Indonesia on Friday injured more than 60 people, left hundreds of houses damaged and rattled an idyllic island chain popular with foreign tourists and divers.  People were woken up and ran screaming out of their homes when the 6.6-magnitude undersea quake...

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Many migrants falsely claim to be Syrians: Germany
Sep 25

Many migrants falsely claim to be Syrians: Germany

Berlin  Germany estimates that 30 percent of incoming migrants claiming to be citizens of war-torn Syria are in fact from other countries, an interior ministry spokesman said Friday.  "It's an estimate based on the observations of officials on the ground, especially the federal police, the Office for...

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China's Xi confident of 'healthy' economic growth
Sep 25

China's Xi confident of 'healthy' economic growth

Washington  Chinese President Xi Jinping said Friday he was confident that his country would post "healthy" growth in the future, amid international worries about a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy.  Xi told a joint press conference with US President Barack Obama after White House talks that...

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Nepal anti-charter protesters block India supplies
Sep 25

Nepal anti-charter protesters block India supplies

Kathmandu Hundreds of protesters blocked a major trading checkpoint between India and Nepal Friday, cutting off vital supplies to the landlocked Himalayan nation, as anger deepened over the country's new constitution. The protesters, who belong to the Madhesi community, are angry about plans to divide the country...

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Pope arrives at UN, to give major speech
Sep 25

Pope arrives at UN, to give major speech

United Nations  Pope Francis on Friday began a closely watched visit to the United Nations, where he will deliver a wide-ranging speech at the start of a full day in the Big Apple ending with a mass at Madison Square Garden.  The leader of the world's more than one billion Roman Catholics arrived at the UN...

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At least 22 dead in China road crash
Sep 25

At least 22 dead in China road crash

Beijing  At least 22 people were killed Friday when a truck slammed through a highway guardrail into an oncoming bus in China and two more vehicles crashed, state media reported.  The front of the truck and the bus in the central province of Hunan burst into flames, the official Xinhua news agency...

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Over 10,000 migrants enter Hungary in new record
Sep 24

Over 10,000 migrants enter Hungary in new record

Budapest  A new record of 10,046 migrants entered Hungary on Wednesday, mostly via Croatia, Hungarian police said Thursday as refugees continued to pour through the western Balkans bound for northern Europe.  A total of 9,939 migrants entered from Croatia, while 102 crossed from Serbia, police said. The...

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Mexico leader meets with parents of 43 missing students
Sep 24

Mexico leader meets with parents of 43 missing students

Mexico City  The parents of 43 Mexican students who disappeared last year met with President Enrique Pena Nieto on Thursday to demand that authorities solve a case that has bedeviled his administration.  The parents arrived for the meeting in a Mexico City museum some 18 hours into a 43-hour fast that they...

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Indian aristocrat's grandchildren win long battle for riches
Sep 24

Indian aristocrat's grandchildren win long battle for riches

New Delhi  The grandchildren of a glamorous Indian aristocrat who personified a lost era of wealth and privilege before her death in 2009 have won a long legal battle to inherit her assets.  Gayatri Devi was one of the most celebrated beauties of the last century, mixing traditional palace life in the...

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Pope Francis and the little girl who could
Sep 24

Pope Francis and the little girl who could

Washington As Francis drew nearer and nearer in his open-sided popemobile and the crowd in Washington whooped, squealed and quivered, the little girl with black pigtails spotted her chance. Her name was Sofia Cruz, and her story soon went around the world: how a five-year-old had the bravado to deliver a message to...

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After warm White House welcome, pope heads to Congress
Sep 24

After warm White House welcome, pope heads to Congress

Washington  After bonding with US President Barack Obama on progressive themes like climate change, Pope Francis on Thursday addresses Congress, where conservatives embrace his moral authority but are less comfortable with the pontiff's more political preachings.  On Wednesday, his first full day in the...

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IS claims deadly mosque bombing in Yemen capital
Sep 24

IS claims deadly mosque bombing in Yemen capital

Sanaa The Islamic State jihadist group claimed responsibility for a mosque bombing targeting Shiites in Yemen's capital on Thursday that killed at least 25 people.  In an online statement, IS said a suicide bomber had struck "Huthi infidels", in a reference to the Shiite rebels who have been in control of the...

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Iranian death toll from hajj stampede hits 90: official
Sep 24

Iranian death toll from hajj stampede hits 90: official

Tehran The number of Iranians among the hundreds killed Thursday in a stampede during the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia has reached 90, an official told state media.  Said Ohadi, head of Iran's hajj organisation, outlined the toll -- double that of his last update -- on state television and radio,...

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Syria's Assad makes rare public appearance for Eid prayers
Sep 24

Syria's Assad makes rare public appearance for Eid prayers

Damascus Syrian President Bashar al-Assad attended holiday prayers at a Damascus mosque on Thursday, state media reported, in a rare public appearance for the embattled regime head.  Assad led Eid al-Adha prayers at the Al-Adel mosque with state and ruling Baath party officials as well as a number of Muslim...

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Yemen mosque bombing kills 25 during holiday prayers
Sep 24

Yemen mosque bombing kills 25 during holiday prayers

Sanaa  A suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State group targeting Shia rebels at a mosque in Yemen's capital Thursday killed at least 25 people and wounded dozens more during holiday prayers.  Sanaa, seized by the Iran-backed Huthi insurgents a year ago, has been shaken by a string of bombings in...

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Saudi minister blames undisciplined pilgrims for hajj tragedy
Sep 24

Saudi minister blames undisciplined pilgrims for hajj tragedy

Mina  Saudi Arabia's health minister blamed undisciplined pilgrims for the deadly stampede Thursday during the hajj, saying the tragedy would not have occurred if they "had followed instructions".  Health Minister Khaled al-Falih was quoted by El-Ekhbariya television as saying "many pilgrims move without...

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Tehran accuses Saudi of safety errors after deadly stampede
Sep 24

Tehran accuses Saudi of safety errors after deadly stampede

Tehran  Iran accused Saudi Arabia of safety errors after at least 43 of its citizens died Thursday in a stampede that killed several hundred pilgrims during the annual hajj ceremonies.  After saying the kingdom was responsible for the tragedy, Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said Saudi's...

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Stampede kills 717 as tragedy strikes hajj again
Sep 24

Stampede kills 717 as tragedy strikes hajj again

Mina  A huge stampede killed 717 people and injured hundreds more at the annual hajj in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, in the pilgrimage's worst tragedy in a quarter century.  The stampede, the second deadly accident to hit the pilgrims this month following a crane collapse in Mecca, broke out during the...

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India's goat sellers flock to Internet this Eid
Sep 23

India's goat sellers flock to Internet this Eid

New Delhi  After decades of flocking to traditional livestock markets ahead of Eid, breeders in India are now heading online to haggle a good price for their prized animals.  Goats, sheep and cows are slaughtered worldwide to celebrate the major Muslim festival of Eid-ul-Adha, which throughout South Asia...

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Indian typist 'fed up' after abuse image goes viral
Sep 23

Indian typist 'fed up' after abuse image goes viral

Lucknow  An Indian who became an overnight star when an image of a policeman kicking his typewriter went viral has said he is fed up with all the attention -- and just wants to go back to typing letters.  The photograph of the officer harassing Kishan Kumar, who makes a living as a streetside typist in the...

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Japan's 'Golden Bolt' stuns medical science to set world record
Sep 23

Japan's 'Golden Bolt' stuns medical science to set world record

Kyoto A fleet-footed Japanese centenarian raced into the Guinness World Records reference book on Wednesday and declared himself a "medical marvel" as he continues to stalk sprint king Usain Bolt. Hidekichi Miyazaki, dubbed "Golden Bolt" after the fastest man on the planet, clocked 42.22 seconds in Kyoto to set a...

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Peak of purity
Sep 23

Peak of purity

Mount Arafat, Saudi Arabia ---  Around two million Muslims yesterday poured into the vast Saudi plain, where the Prophet Mohammed is believed to have given his final sermon, for the peak of the Hajj pilgrimage. Many of the faithful from around the globe camped at the foot of Mount Arafat where they slept,...

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Clinton takes on Big Pharma, lays out drug plan
Sep 23

Clinton takes on Big Pharma, lays out drug plan

Washington  Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton unveiled a plan Tuesday to limit prescription medicine costs, challenging the US pharmaceutical industry after the price for one drug skyrocketed by 5,000 percent.  The United States has no government-led universal health care program for all...

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