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Deadly bird flu H7N9 at risk of spreading from China to India, Bangladesh

Washington, June 18: A new research suggests that a dangerous strain of avian influenza, H7N9, that’s causing severe illness and deaths in China may be inhabiting a small fraction of its potential range and appears at risk of spreading to other suitable areas of India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines. Researchers from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), the ...

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French President Hollande calls brutal attack on Roma teen ‘unjustifiable’

A gruesome vigilante assault on a Roma teenager who is now fighting for his life has shocked France, with President Francois Hollande dubbing the savage beating an “unspeakable and unjustifiable” act. Accused of robbery, the 16-year-old was dragged into a basement in a town north of Paris on Friday, brutally beaten by a dozen…

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Pentagon: Benghazi suspect in US custody

WASHINGTON — A Libyan militant suspected in the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attack on Americans in Benghazi has been captured and is in U.S. custody, marking the first U.S. apprehension of an alleged perpetrator in the assault that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Obama administration officials said Ahmed Abu Khattala, a senior leader of the Benghazi ...

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Blast hits gas pipeline in Ukraine, no impact on EU supplies-source

KIEV (Reuters) – An explosion on Tuesday rocked the main pipeline carrying Russian natural gas to the rest of Europe but a source at Russian gas producer Gazprom said the blast in central Ukraine has not disrupted the gas…

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‘Politicians’ behind Kenya attacks

Kenya’s president has blamed domestic political leaders for two nights of attacks that killed at least 60 people in coastal communities. In a nationally televised address, Uhuru Kenyatta said that despite claims of responsibility from al-Shabab, the Islamic extremists were not behind it. The Somali militant group had claimed responsibility for two nights of attacks near the tourist resort island ...

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Keating: The Saudis helped create a monster they can’t control in Iraq

WASHINGTON • The governments of Saudi Arabia and Qatar are very loudly blaming the “sectarian and exclusionary policies” of Nouri al-Maliki for the violence in Iraq. They’re not wrong, but this also deflects from an issue they’d rather not discuss — the role of wealthy funders in the Gulf in helping the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, ...

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Situation in Iraq worsens, US, Iran step in

BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON – The situation in Iraq continues to deteriorate since bloody clashes between insurgent groups and government forces broke out earlier this month. Large swathes of Iraq’s northern territories are now in the hands of militant groups, fuelling fears…

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UK sees thaw with Iran, will reopen embassy

LONDON (AP) — British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Tuesday that “circumstances are right” to reopen Britain’s embassy in Iran, which was closed in 2011 after hard-liners overran the building and ransacked it. The announcement represents another step in the thaw in recent days…

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Prosecutors Seize More Assets of Ferry Owner

Prosecutors in Incheon who are investigating corruption charges against fugitive ferry owner Yoo Byung-eon and his family have applied for court approval to seize an additional W21.3 billion worth of…

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NZ could give up UN peacekeeping

New Zealand wants to give up doing peacekeeping work for the sake of being a good global citizen and instead pick missions that benefit our international interests. A review of peacekeeping options also suggests dropping a formal guideline that peace support operations (PSOs) must “be acceptable to the New Zealand public”. The review, by the staff of the ministers of ...

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