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North Korean ship enters South Korean waters, Seoul says – Fox News

Fox NewsSEOUL – South Korea said Tuesday a North Korean warship strayed into South Korean waters late Monday, in the first reported maritime incursion of 2014. South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said a 420 metric-ton vessel made three …S. Korea’s Park seeks to reboot unification driveSin Chew Jit PohSouth Korea’s Park forms special […]

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China media: “Mafia-style” crimes – BBC News

BBC NewsNews of “mafia-style” crimes dominate press headlines on Friday, with media asking what “protections” alleged mobsters had in the past decade. Media have reported that Liu Han, ex-head of mining conglomerate Sichuan Hanlong Group, has been charged …Chinese Tycoon Charged With ‘Mafia-Style’ CrimesTIMEChina to go after political backers of former mining magnateReutersBillionaire kingpin Liu […]

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Chinese Tycoon Charged With ‘Mafia-Style’ Crimes – TIME

TIMELiu Han, one of the richest businessmen in China and ex-head of the mining giant Sichuan Hanlong Group, has been charged with murder, intentional injury, organizing a crime gang, illegal detention, extortion and casino crimes. According to court papers, …China to go after political backers of former mining magnateReutersBillionaire kingpin Liu Han accused of heading […]

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UN documents North Korean torture chambers, prison camps … and luxury goods – Reuters

ReutersGENEVA Feb 17(Reuters) – United Nations human rights investigators on Monday issued a damning report cataloguing massive human rights violations in North Korea that they said amount to crimes of humanity which should be brought to the International …North Korean human rights abuses systematic and unparalleled, says UNThe GuardianUN N. Korea Report Details AtrocitiesVoice of […]

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Ukraine protesters offer goodwill gesture after detainees freed – Channel News Asia

Channel News AsiaProtesters occupying Kiev city hall said on Saturday they stood “ready” to vacate the premises, in a gesture of goodwill after authorities released all those detained in the anti-government unrest rocking the country. PHOTOS. Anti-government protesters take …Opposition ready to vacate seized Kiev buildingSeattle Post IntelligencerUkraine’s Afghanistan veterans at the frontline of protestsBusiness […]

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‘Jelly Doughnut’ Rock Mystery Solved: NASA Says Opportunity Did Not Witness … – University Herald

University HeraldJelly Donut Rock (Photo : Mars Exploration Rover Mission, Cornell, JPL, NASA) The scientist who filed the lawsuit against NASA argues the rock was there the whole time and posses the ability to grow rapidly. NASA has confirmed the true origins of the …Mystery of ‘jelly doughnut’ Martian rock solvedWashington Post‘Jelly doughnut’ Martian rock […]

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Venezuela frees some student protesters, unrest continues – Reuters

ReutersCARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan authorities freed 25 student protesters on Friday pending trial and said that 74 others arrested after this week’s deadly political turmoil would be processed within hours. Demonstrators gathered in various cities as they have …Protests, violence continue in VenezuelaCNNVenezuela Media Largely Ignored ProtestsWall Street JournalAnti-Maduro protests renew Venezuela turmoilChannel News AsiaABC […]

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Protests in Venezuela continue as dozens remain jailed – Washington Post

Washington PostCARACAS — President Nicolas Maduro’s government kept dozens of student protesters behind bars Friday as unrest continued across Venezuela after this week’s deadly political violence. Student demonstrators gathered again in various cities to denounce …Anti-Maduro protests persist in Venezuela, dozens jailedReuters UKStudents launch fresh protests in VenezuelaDaily TimesStudents gather for another protest in VenezuelaChannel […]

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China says 11 ‘terrorists’ killed in new Xinjiang unrest – Reuters

ReutersBEIJING (Reuters) – Eleven “terrorists” were killed during an attack in China’s far western region of Xinjiang on Friday, state news agency Xinhua said, in the latest violence to hit a part of the country with a large Muslim population. “The terrorists, riding …Several terrorists killed in Xinjiang attackXinhuaChina: Police kill ‘terrorists’ in attack in […]

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Thai Vote Fails to Ease Tensions as Protests Disrupt Poll – Bloomberg

BloombergAngry residents yell at police and officials protesting against not being able to cast… Read More. Angry residents yell at police and officials protesting against not being able to cast their ballot as many polling stations were blocked by protesters during the …Thailand’s nationwide elections free of violence despite fearsWashington PostThailand election disrupted by protestsBBC […]

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Ukraine unrest: Rival politicians face off at summit – BBC News

BBC NewsUkraine’s Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara and opposition leader Vitali Klitschko have clashed face to face at a security summit in Munich. The two men appeared in a discussion, during which Mr Klitschko showed Mr Kozhara images of injuries he said were …Ukraine protester’s injuries just ‘a scratch’: MinisterTimes of IndiaUkraine opposition rallies after EU, […]

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Syria crisis: Geneva peace talks end in recriminations – BBC News

BBC NewsThe Syrian government and opposition have traded insults after a week-long peace conference in Geneva ended with no firm agreement. Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said the opposition were immature, while the opposition’s Louay Safi said the regime …Syria peace talks make little headway; set to resume Feb. 10Washington PostSyria talks end first round, government […]

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Shark fin demand down in S’pore amid extinction threat – Channel News Asia

Channel News AsiaThe demand for shark fin soup has been declining in recent years, according to restaurants, hotels and suppliers in Singapore, while observers say that sharks could still face extinction in the next 10 years. PHOTOS; VIDEOS. A shark fin store in Hong Kong.World’s Biggest Slaughterhouse Of Endangered Shark Whales Discovered In …iScienceTimes.comSlaughterhouse Said […]

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Iraq troops free hostages at Baghdad building – BBC News

BBC NewsIraqi security forces have freed all the hostages taken by gunmen at a building in Baghdad next the ministry of human rights, officials say. Three of the eight attackers were killed in the operation, an interior ministry spokesman told the BBC. Security forces …Militants storm Iraq transport ministry buildingReutersMilitants storm government office in BaghdadHouston […]

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2,00000 police to be deployed for Feb 2 snap polls in Thailand – The Hindu

The HinduThailand’s embattled government will deploy 2,00,000 police nationwide for the disputed snap polls on Sunday to foil protesters’ bid to derail the voting as part of their campaign to oust premier Yingluck Shinawatra. “Even though protests are going on, …“No” option valid political choice in upcoming Thai electionChannel News AsiaThai Firms Feel Squeeze From […]

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Controversial monk at vanguard of Thai street protests – Bangkok Post

Bangkok PostA saffron-robed monk takes to the stage in the Thai capital and urges cheering protesters to fight a “black-hearted” government — testing a taboo in the devout kingdom about clerics getting involved in politics. Luang Pu Buddha Issara joins Suthep …Thailand’s rice subsidy scheme comes under scrutinyChannel News AsiaThailand to deploy 10000 policemen for […]

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Fears that 12-year-old boy eaten by crocodile in Australia – Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.ukA 12-year-old boy was feared dead after being snatched by a saltwater crocodile while swimming in Australia’s Northern Territory, police said Monday. The boy was swimming with friends in the Mudginberri Billabong in Kakadu National Park on Sunday …Search continues for Australian boy snatched by crocodilesThe IndependentHunt on for croc after 12-year-old boy taken in […]

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Thai protesters disrupt early voting for disputed election – Reuters

ReutersBANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai anti-government protesters surrounded almost half of the polling stations in Bangkok on Sunday, election officials said, chaining doors shut and forcing the cancellation of advance voting in many centers for a disputed election next …Thailand Protesters Block Advance Voting for Feb. 2 ElectionsWall Street JournalThai Demonstrators Block Polling Stations as Early […]

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At least 4 killed as large explosion hits Cairo police headquarters – Fox News

Fox NewsCAIRO – A car bomb struck the main Egyptian police headquarters Friday in the heart of Cairo, killing at least four people in a hugely symbolic attack on the eve of the third anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocratic ruler Hosni Mubarak.Car bomb damages Cairo police headquarters; second explosion reportedJerusalem PostCar […]

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State of Emergency Declared in Bangkok as Protests Grow Violent – Bloomberg

BloombergA protester holds a “Shutdown Bangkok” sign while sitting down with other demonstrators… Read More. A protester holds a “Shutdown Bangkok” sign while sitting down with other demonstrators to block traffic at the Silom Road intersection in Bangkok, …Thailand imposes state of emergency over unrestBBC NewsThailand declares state of emergency as violence increasesUSA TODAYThailand Government […]

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Analysis: Egypt vote muddies political outlook – Houston Chronicle

Houston ChronicleCAIRO (AP) — For all the self-congratulatory headlines in Egypt’s pro-military media, the results of last week’s constitutional referendum may have fallen short of the emphatic popular mandate the nation’s military chief was looking for before announcing his …Egypt’s Mansour Says Charter Approval Shows Nation on Right PathBloombergEgypt prosecutors send ex-president Morsi to new […]

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Thai protesters march on, defiant after grenade attack – Daily News & Analysis

Daily News & AnalysisAn anti-government protester waves a Thai national flag during a rally at the Royal Thai Police headquarters in Bangkok. – Reuters. Anti-government protesters marched defiantly through Thailand’s capital on Saturday, with one group entering a police …Thai prime minister struggles to stay in powerHindustan TimesBangkok Shutdown: Protesters march on despite deadly blastStraits […]

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Ten Count for Jose Sulaiman – Fight News

Fight NewsMuch has been written about the passing of WBC “President For Life,” Don José Sulaimán Chagnón. Sulaiman died yesterday at UCLA Medical Center at 82, of complications following heart surgery. Most of it seems to have been lifted from the same one or …Former WBC president Jose Sulaiman has died. He was 82SkySportsWorld Boxing […]

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Thai PM Yingluck probed over ‘corrupt rice subsidy scheme’ – BBC News

BBC NewsThailand’s official anti-corruption commission says it is investigating Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in connection with the government’s controversial rice subsidy scheme. The policy guarantees Thai rice farmers a much higher price than on the global …Thai anti-graft panel to probe PM YingluckAFPAre Thailand’s antigovernment protests waning?Christian Science MonitorThailand’s red shirts ponder next moveChannel News […]

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Sharapova wins amid extreme heat – BBC Sport

BBC SportMaria Sharapova survived a scare to reach the Australian Open third round as the temperature exceeded 40C for the third consecutive day in Melbourne. The 2008 champion edged a punishing encounter against Karin Knapp as both players struggled with …Sharapova Wins in 107-Degree Australian Open Heat; Federer RollsSan Francisco ChronicleAustralian Open: Maria Sharapova forced […]

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Thai protesters target revenue offices, government awaits graft ruling – Reuters

ReutersBANGKOK (Reuters) – Protesters in Thailand trying to force out the government marched on revenue offices on Thursday, but their numbers appeared to be dwindling and ministers said the movement could be running out of steam. A state anti-corruption …Thailand Protests Wane Despite Calls to Shut Down BangkokNew York TimesThai protesters march on new government […]

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Egypt holds key vote on country’s new next charter – Houston Chronicle

Houston ChronicleCAIRO (AP) — Egyptians start voting Tuesday on a draft for their country’s next constitution, a vision for the nation’s future and a milestone in a military-backed roadmap put in place after Mohammed Morsi was overthrown in a coup last July. The two-day …Egypt votes in constitutional referendumeuronewsEgypt referendum: Vote to begin amid tight […]