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Violence in Syria is “reaching new and appalling heights of brutality”, the UN secretary general has said, as fighting continued across the country. Syrian air force jets bombarded rebel targets on Friday close to the Damascus airport road. Speaking at the UN General Assembly, Ban Ki-moon warned that refugee numbers could swell to 700,000 by […]

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North Korea is to launch a long-range rocket between 10 and 22 December, its official news agency says. The KCNA agency said the aim was to launch a satellite. Previous – unsuccessful – launches have been criticised as breaches of a UN ban on North Korean ballistic missile tests. The announcement is likely to increase […]

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A cargo plane crashed into houses near Brazzaville Maya-Maya airport while attempting to land in a thunderstorm on Friday, killing at least 32 people, a Congolese Red Cross official said on Saturday. “We have already pulled 32 bodies from the crash site, but there could be more victims,” the official said, asking not to be […]

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Statehood status upgraded despite opposition from Israel, US Agencies The UN General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly voted to make Palestine a non-member state, in the face of strong opposition from Israel and the US. The victory for president Mahmud Abbas triggered scenes of joy in the occupied West Bank, where thousands celebrated with bursts of […]

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IK Gujral passes away

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Inder Kumar Gujral. Former Indian prime minister Inder Kumar Gujral has passed away after a long illness in a hospital near the capital, Delhi, aged 92. Gujral was admitted to the hospital in Gurgaon on 19 November and was suffering from a lung infection. He became India’s 12th prime minister, heading a United Front coalition […]

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  By THOMAS FULLER Published: November 30, 2012 SITTWE, Myanmar – The Buddhist monastery on the edge of this seaside town is a picture of tranquillity, with novice monks in saffron robes finding shade under a towering tree and their teacher, U Nyarna, greeting a visitor in a sunlit prayer room. But in these placid […]

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Overwhelming majority of states vote to give Palestinians non-member observer status, despite Israeli criticism. Thousands of people from both main Palestinian factions celebrated the bid throughout the day [Reuters]   The United Nations General Assembly has voted in favour of upgrading the Palestinians status to that of a non-member observer state. The vote was taken […]

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The US Army private charged over the biggest security breach in US history has testified on the third day of a hearing at Fort Meade, Maryland. Bradley Manning, 24, answered questions relating to his treatment after his arrest in Baghdad, Iraq, in May 2010. His lawyer is arguing that Pte Manning was treated unfairly in […]

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NEW DELHI — President Ram Baran Yadav of Nepal is insisting that the country’s politicians reach an agreement on a new government by Thursday afternoon. Unless, of course, the politicians need more time. Again. Then, well, all bets are off. “If the time is not enough to get to some sort of conclusion, most probably […]

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Businessman linked to high profile corruption case in Moscow is fourth person to die in unexplained circumstance Magnitsky (pictured) died in a Moscow prison three years ago after allegedly uncovering a web of corruption [AFP]   A Russian businessman helping Swiss prosecutors uncover a powerful Russian fraud syndicate has died in mysterious circumstances outside his […]

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Proposed changes would allow for more urban couples to have a second child to balance rapidly ageing society. Under current rules, urban couples are permitted a second child only if both parents do not have siblings [AFP]   China is mulling changes to its one-child policy, a former family planning official said, with government advisory […]

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Denmark is no longer the happiest country in the world while Bangladesh is on number 11. Actually, the Danes are far from being happy, according to a new global happiness measurement, the Happy Planet Index (HPI). Instead, Costa Ricans are now the merriest in a list of 151 countries. “The Happy Planet Index measures what […]

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