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At least 14 killed as boat capsizes off Malaysia At least 14 killed as boat capsizes off Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur: A boat believed to be carrying dozens of Indonesian illegal immigrants capsized off the coast of Malaysia on Thursday, killing at least 14 people, 13 of them women, maritime officials said. The boat left Sabak Bernam in Malaysia`s Selangor state and was heading for Sumatra in Indonesia when the accident happened. Muhammad Aliyas Hamdan, First Admiral at the Malaysian Maritime E...
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Migrants storm Budapest train as horror of crisis hits home Migrants storm Budapest train as horror of crisis hits home
Budapest: Hundreds of migrants stormed Budapest`s main international rail station after police reopened it Thursday, in an escalating refugee crisis seared into European hearts by horrifying pictures of a drowned Syrian toddler. Chaos erupted as crowds of people burst into the flashpoint station and rushed towards a standing train, with Hungarian police seemingly absent following a two-day stan...
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Blast suspect`s prints found on bomb equipment: Thai police Blast suspect`s prints found on bomb equipment: Thai police
Bangkok: The fingerprints of a foreign man arrested over last month`s deadly Bangkok blast match those found on bomb-making equipment discovered at a flat over the weekend, Thai police said Wednesday. Investigators say the unidentified man was detained on Tuesday while trying to cross into Cambodia in a remote and rural border area. He is the second foreigner held over the August 17 blast at...
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North Korea warns South Korea over twisting peace deal North Korea warns South Korea over twisting peace deal
Seoul: North Korea on Wednesday accused the South of misrepresenting their agreement to defuse tensions and warned the hard-won deal was being undermined by claims Pyongyang had made an apology for border landmine blasts. The explosions maimed two South Korean soldiers on patrol last month and triggered a crisis that brought the rivals to the brink of armed conflict. A deal to de-escalate te...
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Fire in Venezuela prison kills 17 people, says prosecutor Fire in Venezuela prison kills 17 people, says prosecutor
Caracas: A fire at Venezuela`s central Tocuyito prison killed 17 people and injured 11 early on Monday, the state prosecutor said in a statement. Eight women and nine men were killed by the fire at the prison in the state of Carabobo, the statement said. The cause of the blaze was being investigated but there was no immediate indication of how it started, it said. Carlos Nieto, director of p...
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Migrants stage demo after being ejected from Budapest station Migrants stage demo after being ejected from Budapest station
Budapest: Several hundred migrants staged an angry demonstration on Tuesday after police evacuated Budapest`s main international train station where they were trying to travel to western Europe, an AFP reporter said. "Germany! Germany!," the crowd of young men chanted outside Keleti station. "We want to leave!" and "Merkel!", they cried, referring to the German chancellor. A public tannoy an...
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Hungary slams `groundless` French criticism of border barrier Hungary slams `groundless` French criticism of border barrier
Budapest: Hungary on Sunday lashed out at French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius over his criticism of the country`s new anti-migrant border barrier, accusing him of "shocking and groundless" judgements. In an interview with French radio Sunday morning Fabius said the razor-wire barrier, which runs the length of Hungary`s border with Serbia, does "not respect Europe`s common values". Fabius ...
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Japan defence ministry asks for record budget Japan defence ministry asks for record budget
Tokyo: Japan's defence ministry on Monday made its biggest ever budget request, as Tokyo bolsters its military amid lingering territorial rows and worries over China's expanding naval reach. The ministry wants 5.09 trillion yen (USD 42 billion) for the next fiscal year, with the focus on strengthening protection of a string of southern islands that stretch from Japan's mainland to waters near T...
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Calls for action on migrant crisis after Austrian tragedy Calls for action on migrant crisis after Austrian tragedy
Calls multiplied Sunday for Europe finally to get to grips with its ever-deadlier migrant crisis after Austria`s horrific truck tragedy, as people continued to pour into Hungary from Serbia despite a newly completed razor-wire barrier. Hungarian police said a fifth suspected human trafficker had been arrested over Thursday`s gruesome discovery of 71 decomposing corpses in an abandoned truck on ...
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Pressure rises on Malaysian PM as ex-leader backs protests Pressure rises on Malaysian PM as ex-leader backs protests
Kuala Lumpur: Pressure mounted Sunday on Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak as influential former leader Mahathir Mohamad threw his weight behind mass protests demanding the premier`s ousting over a financial scandal. Tens of thousands of Malaysians clad in the yellow of the pro-reform movement have turned out for two days of weekend demonstrations to demand Najib`s removal, shutting down the...
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