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No major breakthrough at meeting on Asian boat people crisis

BANGKOK  — A regional conference called to address the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia ended with no major breakthroughs, with Myanmar deflecting blame for fueling the crisis and warning that “finger pointing” would not help. But delegates agreed on one thing at least— the need to keep talking. The U.S. also prepared […]

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[WATCH] Eminem’s rap ‘heartfelt’ interpretation for deaf now viral

Amid the Dubsmash fad, a video of woman interpreting Eminem’s rap song for deaf people has resurfaced on the Internet and has since become viral. Shelby Mitchusson uploaded a YouTube video of herself interpreting American rapper Eminem’s first single released in 2002, Lose Yourself, using American Sign Language (ASL). In the video, Mitchusson can be […]

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US drops Cuba from terror blacklist in landmark move

The United States dropped Cuba from its blacklist as a state sponsor of terrorism on Friday, in a landmark move aimed at paving the way towards normalizing ties frozen for half a century. The decision means Cuba will now have better access to US banking facilities and American aid, and a ban on arms exports […]

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IS claims suicide bombing on Shiite mosque in Saudi, 4 dead

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — A suicide bomber disguised as a woman blew himself up in the parking lot of a Shiite mosque during Friday prayers, killing four people in the second such attack in as many weeks claimed by the Islamic State group. The latest attack and a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque that […]

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Brazil vows ‘vigorous’ probe following FIFA scandal

Brasília – Brazil will investigate with “great vigor” accusations that led to the arrest of seven FIFA officials, including the vice president of the Brazilian Football Confederation, its justice minister said Thursday. Jose Maria Marin, 83, second in command at the national federation, or CBF, was arrested in an early morning raid in a luxury […]

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Bill Clinton appeals for modern health care in Ebola-stricken countries

United Nations – Former US President Bill Clinton made an impassioned appeal Thursday for modern health care in the Ebola-stricken countries of West Africa where his foundation works. He told The Associated Press afterward he hopes to keep working in Africa and elsewhere – regardless of what happens politically with his wife, Hillary. Clinton, whose […]

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Hospitals overwhelmed as India heatwave deaths top 1,700

New Delhi – Hospitals in India battled Thursday to treat victims of a blistering heatwave that has claimed more than 1,700 lives in just over a week – the highest number recorded in two decades. Hundreds of mainly poor people die at the height of summer every year in India, but this year’s figures are […]

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2 car bombs kill 10 people in Iraq

Baghdad – Authorities in Iraq say two separate car bombs inside parking lot of two hotels have killed 10 people in the capital Baghdad. Police officials say a car bomb exploded in the parking lot of Babil Hotel lateThursday, killing six people and wounding 14 others. About one minute later, a second car bomb blast […]

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200,000 shark fins seized at Ecuadorean port

Quito, Ecuador – Police in the Ecuadorean port city of Manta say they have seized about 200,000 shark fins destined to be illegally exported to Asia where they would fetch up to $1.5 million. Col. Rommel Tapia, head of the judicial police in Manta, said Thursday that nine properties were raided in the city and […]

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Myanmar rejects being ‘singled out’ by UN at migrant crisis talks

Bangkok – Myanmar’s delegate to talks in Bangkok on Southeast Asia’s migrant crisis on Friday rebuked the UN’s refugee agency for calling on the country to recognize the Muslim Rohingya minority as citizens to stem their exodus from its shores. On ”this issue of illegal migration of boat people, you cannot single out my country,” […]

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