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Australia’s Queensland hit by record drought

Australia’s Queensland is suffering its most widespread drought on record, with almost 80% of the state now included in the list of affected areas. Queensland received little rain in February, which is normally the wettest month of the year, local…

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Malaysia bans Ultraman book over use of Allah

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia has banned an Ultraman comic book because it uses the word “Allah” to describe the Japanese action hero. The Home Ministry said in a statement Friday that the Malay-edition of “Ultraman, The Ultra Power” contained elements that can undermine public security and…

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US, EU step up pressure on Russia, Crimea

A move by the Crimean authorities to rejoin Russia and go ahead with a referendum on the issue next week was dismissed as illegitimate by the United States on Thursday as the crisis in Ukraine continued. US President Barack Obama said the referendum scheduled for March 16 in Crimea would violate the Ukrainian constitution and…

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2 dead in Venezuela clash at barricade

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A National Guardsman and a civilian were killed Thursday in a clash between residents of a Caracas neighborhood and armed men who tried to remove a barricade, Venezuelan officials said. National Assembly…

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Report: CIA Spied on U.S. Senate Staffers

The CIA allegedly spied on the computers of U.S. Senate staffers who worked on a years-long report into the agency’s post-9/11 detention and interrogation practices, as first reported by McClatchy. Agency employees allegedly searched computers of Senate Intelligence Committee staffers to find out how the committee gained access to an internal CIA review of the torture program, according to McClatchy ...

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Report: CIA Spied on U.S. Senate Staffers

The CIA allegedly spied on the computers of U.S. Senate staffers who worked on a years-long report into the agency’s post-9/11 detention and interrogation practices, as first reported by McClatchy. Agency employees allegedly searched computers of Senate Intelligence Committee staffers to find out how the committee gained access to an internal CIA review of the torture program, according to McClatchy ...

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Pussy Riot members attacked in Russian region

MOSCOW — Two members of the punk band Pussy Riot have been attacked by unidentified men on a trip to campaign for prisoners’ rights. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria…

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Pussy Riot members attacked in Russian region

MOSCOW — Two members of the punk band Pussy Riot have been attacked by unidentified men on a trip to campaign for prisoners’ rights. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria…

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Tunisia lifts state of emergency, three years after revolt

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia has lifted a state of emergency three years after it was imposed, in a largely symbolic move to show security is improving in the North African state. Since the 2011 uprising that ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisian security…

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