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Debris washed up on Australian beach not from MH370 Debris washed up on Australian beach not from MH370
PERTH: The Australian Transport Safety Bureau ruled out Thursday any link between material found on a beach in southwestern Australia and the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. Debris described as "unidentified material" was found Wednesday on a beach near Augusta, more than 300 kilometres (180 miles) south of Perth, by a member of the public and handed to police. The ATSB decided to examine p...
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China frees Japan ship after $28 mn paid in 1930s row China frees Japan ship after $28 mn paid in 1930s row
SHANGHAI: China on Thursday released a seized Japanese ship after its owner paid $28 million in compensation, a court said, in a business dispute dating to the 1930s which underlines tensions between the countries. The Shanghai Maritime Court announced Saturday it had impounded a large freight vessel owned by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines in accordance with the law, as the Japanese company had failed to...
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Germany calls Ukraine crisis very hard to resolve Germany calls Ukraine crisis very hard to resolve
Chisinau: Germany's foreign minister warned Wednesday that the crisis in Ukraine was getting "harder and harder" to resolve, as the most serious confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cold War showed no sign of abating. "Each day that passes... makes a solution harder and harder to reach," Frank-Walter Steinmeier said while on a trip to Moldova, urging Moscow and Kiev to seize the ...
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Australia to buy 58 US F-35s for $11.6bn Australia to buy 58 US F-35s for $11.6bn
SYDNEY: Australia will purchase 58 more F-35 Joint Strike Fighters at a cost of Aus$12.4 billion ($11.6 billion, the government said. The new aircraft will bring Australia´s total JSF force to 72 aircraft, with the first due to arrive in Australia in 2018 and enter service in 2020. "The F-35 will provide a major boost to the Australian Defence Force´s intelligence, surveillance and reconnais...
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Confirmed death toll in S. Korea ferry disaster passes 100: coas Confirmed death toll in S. Korea ferry disaster passes 100: coas
JINDO: The confirmed death toll in South Korea´s ferry disaster crossed 100 on Tuesday, but almost twice that number remained unaccounted for nearly a week into the rescue and recovery effort. The official toll provided by the coastguard stood at 104, with 198 still missing. The 6,825-tonne Sewol was carrying 476 people -- most of them schoolchildren -- when it capsized and sank last Wedne...
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Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87 Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
MEXICO CITY: Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia's Caribbean coast. One of the most revered and influential writers of his generation, he brought Latin America's charm and maddening contradictions to life in the minds of millions and became th...
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Four more crew detained over S Korea ferry disaster Four more crew detained over S Korea ferry disaster
SEOUL: South Korean prosecutors Monday detained four more crew members in a widening investigation into a ferry disaster that left hundreds missing, presumed dead, local media reported. Yonhap news agency cited prosecutors as saying three officers and one engineer from the capsized ferry Sewol had been taken into police custody, following the arrest at the weekend of the captain and two other ...
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Al Hindi, first Saudi woman gets flying license Al Hindi, first Saudi woman gets flying license
ISLAMABAD: A Thirty five year old Saudi women Hanadi Al Hindi has become the first licensed female pilot in the Kingdom who had battled kidney problems acquired licensing from the Jeddah based General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) to fly planes in Saudi Arabia. Al Hindi who wears a headscarf has begun flying small and wide bodied luxury planes belonging to a fleet from the Kingdom Holding...
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Abdullah strengthens Afghan poll lead to 11 points: officials Abdullah strengthens Afghan poll lead to 11 points: officials
KABUL: Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah is leading Ashraf Ghani in Afghanistan´s presidential election by 11 percentage points after half of the ballots were counted, officials said Sunday, with a run-off vote likely next month. The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said Abdullah was on 44.4 percent with former World Bank economist Ghani on 33.2 percent of the ballots so far counte...
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Russia asks Ukraine to de-escalate tensions Russia asks Ukraine to de-escalate tensions
Moscow: Following the armed clash and killing of three pro-Russian protestors at a checkpoint Saturday, an angry Russia has demanded that Kiev de-escalate tensions in southeast Ukraine. "On the night of Saturday, the Easter armistice was broken in Sloviansk. The attack of the armed militants from the so-called Right Sector claimed lives of innocent civilians," the Russian foreign ministry said ...
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