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Vanuatu president calls for help after cyclone destruction

Vanuatu’s President Baldwin Lonsdale has called for international help after Cyclone Pam ripped through the Pacific archipelago. Describing it as a “calamity”, he said he spoke with a “heavy heart”. Aid agencies say the cyclone, which veered off its expected ...

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33 dead, dozen missing in Myanmar ferry capsize

A crowded double-decker passenger ferry capsised in northwestern Myanmar after being slammed by huge waves, killing 33 people and leaving at least a dozen missing, officials said on Saturday. Rescuers pulled 167 survivors from the sea and brought them to ...

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Experts call for a tobacco-free world by 2040, demand stronger actions

A world virtually free of tobacco and its devastating health consequences could be a reality within 30 years if governments showed political will and took stronger action against cigarette companies, health experts said. The international group of public health and ...

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Modi makes Sri Lanka friendship plea

Analysts say Modi is attempting to counter the increasing influence of China on its island neighbour Narendra Modi has urged Sri Lanka and India to act like good neighbours, during the first official visit to Colombo by an Indian PM ...

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Maldives ex-president jailed for 13 years

Former Maldives president and opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed has been sentenced to 13 years in prison after being convicted of a terrorism charge, a ruling likely to fuel further unrest in the honeymoon islands. A three-judge criminal court unanimously found ...

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Iraqi forces ‘could take Tikrit in a week’

Iraqi forces hope to retake the city of Tikrit from Islamic State (IS) within a week, a commander said. The head of one of the Shia militia brigades fighting alongside government forces said that IS militants still held about 70% ...

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Major nations hold talks on ending UN sanctions on Iran: officials

Major world powers have begun talks about a United Nations Security Council resolution to lift UN sanctions on Iran if a nuclear agreement is struck with Tehran, a step that could make it harder for the US Congress to undo ...

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ULK-China trade bromance upsets US

U.S. efforts to counter China’s growing influence in Asia have been dealt a blow following a decision by the U.K. to join a new China-backed financial institution modeled on the World Bank. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said Thursday ...

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Manmohan summoned in coal scam case

Former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh has been summoned as an accused along with five others in a case linked to the coal scam that saw mining rights being assigned without any transparency to private firms, according to NDTV. A ...

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US diplomat warns Europe of ‘dangerous’ defence spending cuts

A senior US diplomat has warned of a “dangerous” gulf emerging between US and European defence spending. Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the United Nations, has appealed to European governments to spend more. She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that cuts ...

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