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South Korea concert planner found dead after 16 die

SEOUL, South Korea  — A South Korean man involved in planning an outdoor pop concert where 16 people were killed after falling through a ventilation grate was found dead Saturday in an apparent suicide, officials said, as doctors treated eight others facing life-threatening injuries from the disaster. The man, 37, an employee of the Gyeonggi […]

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China, Vietnam patch ties after territory disputes

BEIJING — Chinese state media say China and Vietnam have agreed to resume military ties and resolve their maritime disputes, marking the first signs that tensions over rival territorial claims may be easing. The relationship between the two countries grew tense this year after China deployed an oil rig in South China Sea waters claimed […]

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Ana turns into hurricane off the coast of Hawaii

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — The powerful Pacific storm churning toward Hawaii became a hurricane but remained far enough away from the islands to allow tourists to make the most of Friday’s remaining sunny weather. The National Weather Service said Friday that Ana became a Category 1 hurricane about 230 miles (370 kilometers) south of Hilo with […]

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Facebook unfriends federal drug agency

WASHINGTON — Facebook wants assurances from the Drug Enforcement Administration that it’s not operating any more fake profile pages as part of ongoing investigations. Facebook’s chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, said in a letter Friday to DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart that law enforcement agencies need to follow the same rules about being truthful on Facebook […]

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Japan PM sends offerings to war shrine

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent religious offerings Friday to a Tokyo shrine honoring the war dead including convicted wartime leaders, as dozens of lawmakers prayed at the site in a ceremony that drew a rebuke from China. The Yasukuni Shrine honors warcriminals, including wartime leader Hideki Tojo, among the 2.5 million […]

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WHO faulted for Ebola failures as Obama taps czar

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization bungled efforts to halt the spread of Ebola in West Africa, an internal report revealed Friday, as President Barack Obama named a trusted political adviser to take control of America’s frenzied response to the epidemic. The stepped-up scrutiny of the international response came as U.S. officials rushed to […]

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Obama names former Biden chief of staff as Ebola czar

WASHINGTON (AP) — He has tackled the financial crisis, served two vice presidents and been portrayed by Kevin Spacey in an HBO film, but Ron Klain’s newest job as the U.S. point person on Ebola may be his toughest challenge to date. A longtime Democratic operative, Klain was tasked Friday by President Barack Obama with […]

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Nepal blizzard, avalanche death toll rises to 29

Katmandu, Nepal – Rescuers widened their search Friday for trekkers in Nepal’s northern mountains who were stranded since a series of blizzards and avalanches battered the Himalayas early this week leaving at least 29 people killed, officials said. The government, meanwhile, announced a high level committee with two senior ministers that would monitor and coordinate […]

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N. Korea accuses South of undermining peace efforts

Seoul – North Korea has accused the South of deliberately undermining efforts to reduce military tensions and warned that prospects for the resumption of a high-level dialogue between the two rivals are ‘’gloomy’’. In a lengthy, 1,500-word despatch late Thursday, that condemned the South for its ‘’persecution mania’’, hypocrisy and arrogance, the North’s official KCNA […]

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Malaysia calls for SE Asian cooperation on IS threat

Kuala Lumpur — Malaysia’s defense minister has labelled efforts by a US-led coalition to push back the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria ‘’ineffective’’, and called for regional cooperation to prevent jihadists gaining a foothold in Southeast Asia. ‘’Air strikes by the United States and its allies (against IS in Syria and Iraq) appear […]

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