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Protesters defy curfew in riot-shaken US town

Police used smoke bombs and tear gas to disperse demonstrators who defied a curfew in Ferguson, Missouri early today, where a fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen triggered a wave of rioting. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and a curfew starting at midnight yesterday (0500 GMT Sunday) until 5:00 am for the St Louis ...

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85 killed, 139 missing in Nepal landslide, floods

KATHMANDU: At least 85 persons have been killed and 139 gone missing in the last three days in floods and landslides triggered by incessant rainfall in various districts across Nepal. As many as 73 people have lost their lives in the mid-western region, while 131 are still missing. The number of missing might go up, officials said. Floods have completely ...

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Pak court orders filing of murder charges

A Pakistan court on Saturday ordered framing of murder charges against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his brother and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz and 19 others over the June violence near Canada-based cleric Tahirul Qadri’s headquarters in Lahore that killed 14 of his supporters. The Lahore Sessions Court hearing the case related to the Model Town clashes ordered police to register ...

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US military conducts airstrikes near Mosul Dam, Irbil

Washington: The US military has conducted air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) near Irbil and Iraq’s largest dam in an effort to help Kurdish forces retake it from violent extremists. American fighter and remotely piloted aircraft successfully conducted airstrikes near Irbil and the Mosul Dam, the Pentagon said yesterday. These strikes were carried out ...

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US warns ‘provocative’ Russia as Ukraine tensions rise

Kiev: Washington has urged Moscow to stop its “extremely dangerous and provocative” activities after Ukraine said it had destroyed part of a Russian military convoy that entered its territory. US National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden warned yesterday that “the escalation in Russian activity designed to destabilise Ukraine in recent weeks is extremely dangerous and provocative”. NATO accused Russia of ...

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Iraq Yazidis fear for thousands kidnapped by jihadists

BAJID KANDALA CAMP — In a dusty, ill-equipped camp in northern Iraq, Yazidis fleeing a jihadist offensive say members of their families — men, women and even babies — have been abducted by militants. The mass kidnappings by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group targeted those who either refused or simply could not flee a string of villages around Mount ...

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Iran backs choice of new Iraq PM: top official

TEHRAN (AFP) – Iran, a key ally of Iraq’s sidelined Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, said Tuesday it backed the legal process which led to him being replaced, following the nomination of Haidar al-Abadi as premier. The statement was the first official signal that Maliki no longer enjoys the support of his fellow Shiite leaders and politicians in Tehran to stay ...

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WHO approves experimental drugs as Ebola death toll tops 1,000

Geneva (AFP) – The World Health Organization authorised Tuesday the use of experimental drugs to fight Ebola as the death toll topped 1,000 and a Spanish priest became the first European to succumb to the latest outbreak. The declaration by the UN’s health agency came after a US company that makes an experimental serum called ZMapp said it had sent ...

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Kerry urges China to be cooperative partner

SYDNEY: US Secretary of State John Kerry urged China Tuesday (Aug 12) to be a cooperative partner, saying Washington was not interested in conflict or confrontation with it. Kerry, who is in Australia for annual talks on security and foreign policy, made the comments as Beijing accused Washington of deliberately stoking tensions in the South China Sea. “We welcome the ...

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Ebola death toll in West Africa passes 1,000 says WHO

Dakar (Senegal), Aug 12 (AP) : The World Health Organization says the death toll in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has passed 1,000. The UN health agency said in a news release Monday that 1,013 people have died in the outbreak, which has hit Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and possibly Nigeria. Authorities have recorded 1,848 suspected, probable or confirmed ...

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