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JINDO (AFP) - Investigators on Saturday arrested the captain accused of abandoning the South Korean ferry that capsized three days ago with 476 people on board, as divers finally accessed the submerged vessel and spotted bodies inside.
Lee Joon-Seok and two of his crew were taken into police custody in the early hours of the morning, charged with negligence and failing to

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LONDON, (AFP) - More and more young Spaniards, forced to leave home by crippling unemployment, are attracted to London by the prospect of work and the chance to learn English -- but often run into a fresh set of problems.
While debate is raging in Britain about newcomers from eastern Europe, this group has arrived almost unnoticed.

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My father is a voracious reader, but I don’t recall him reading bedtime stories to us. I remember two occasions, though, when he sat us down and read. The first was when I was about five years old.  He had a Ladybird book open and was trying to teach us to read.  ‘B-L-A-C-K,’ he read out the letters, and

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DONETSK (AFP) - Russia said its military is massed on Ukraine’s doorstep and warned against further US sanctions as a deal struck with Washington appeared to stall because of intransigence by Moscow-backed rebels in the former Soviet republic.A threat by US President Barack Obama that more sanctions would befall Moscow if the agreement, reached Thursday with Ukraine and the EU,

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KUALA LUMPUR, (AFP) - About 100 Malaysian Muslim activists protested Friday outside the US embassy against the coming visit by President Barack Obama, denouncing him as an enemy of Islam.
The demonstration underscored the delicate nature of Obama’s trip to Muslim-majority Malaysia, which will make him the first sitting US president to visit in nearly half a century, a period marked by

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SYDNEY, (AFP) - Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate got to grips with Australia’s beach and bush lifestyles on Friday, watching a life-saving display and a sheep-shearing demonstration as part of their tour Down Under with baby son George.
The young royals have received a warm welcome in Sydney, the first stop of their 10-day Australian tour, with thousands flocking

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ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP (AFP) - Syrian refugees in Jordan say they are so miserable that they would rather face “inevitable death” in their war-torn country than live in conditions that have sparked riots.
With Syria’s war now in its fourth year, many of the 100,000 refugees in the sprawling desert Zaatari camp in northern Jordan feel the world has forgotten their struggle

Full Article Sunday, 20 April 2014 00:00

Tests taken by foreign doctors who want to work in the NHS should be made harder to pass to bring them in line with UK standards, a study has said.Research by University College London found a “performance gap” between international and UK medical graduates.It said pass marks for entry exams sat by international doctors should therefore be set

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NEW DELHI, (AFP) - Authorities have lifted a campaigning ban imposed on a key aide to India’s likely next prime minister Narendra Modi after he allegedly told Hindu community leaders to seek “revenge” in the country’s elections.
Amit Shah, who has been running the campaign for Modi’s opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the pivotal Uttar Pradesh state,

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The number 420 has become a popular code for marijuana. Where does the term come from and why did it catch on, asks Aidan Lewis.
On Sunday pot smokers will gather across the US to mark what has become a hallowed date in their calendar - 4/20, or 20 April - by smoking marijuana, possibly at 4:20pm.

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LK Advani’s motives are obvious, but he did hit things on the head when he said that if the BJP wins the election, it will be due to the “UPA duo”. “I have been telling colleagues that we should be grateful to the UPA duo for working systematically and steadfastly to ensure that in 2014, once again a BJP-led government comes

Full Article Sunday, 13 April 2014 00:00

MOSCOW, (AFP) - President Vladimir Putin is seeking to maintain influence in Ukraine by fomenting instability in its Russian-speaking eastern regions but will stop short of sending troops there in a Crimea-style swoop, analysts said.
Ever since the Kremlin took control of Ukraine’s Russian-speaking peninsula of Crimea last month and has massed tens of thousands of troops on Ukraine’s

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AUCKLAND, (AFP) - Prince William and wife Catherine plan to test their sea legs Friday racing America’s Cup yachts against one another on Auckland Harbour on day five of their New Zealand tour.The royal couple will visit Team New Zealand’s harbourside headquarters then, weather permitting, take to the water on rival America’s Cup boats.William told Prime Minister John Key

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JAKARTA,  (AFP) - Indonesia’s Muslim parties enjoyed a surprise jump in support at legislative elections this week, but analysts put it more down to anger with a corrupt ruling party than the growing popularity of political Islam.
Surveys had predicted that the five Islamic parties running at the polls in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country would see their support slip

Full Article Sunday, 13 April 2014 00:00

You can’t get to flaunt it, but they may be easier to use, as safe if not safer — and cool in a geeky way. Credit cards, long fancied as status symbols with their flashy looks in rich folks’ wallets, is distinctly acquiring a quiet new flavor in the digital era.And then, they are no longer about rich men and women for card

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