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(AFP) A Malaysian disaster response team including two air accident investigators was due in Kiev on Saturday after the country’s leader appealed for access to the MH17 crash site with Malaysian anger over the disaster mounting.Prime Minister Najib Razak said he spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin by phone late Friday to stress the need for an objective, unfettered...

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Iraqi Christians are fleeing Mosul after Islamist militants threatened to kill them unless they converted to Islam or paid a “protection tax”.A statement issued by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis) was read out at the city’s mosques. It called on Christians to comply by midday on Saturday or face death if they did not leave the...

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(AFP) Fresh Israeli air strikes killed 11 people in Gaza on Saturday, hiking the death toll above 300 as UN chief Ban Ki-moon headed to the region to bolster truce efforts.The new peace push came as Israel’s campaign against the besieged Palestinian territory entered day 12 in the bloodiest conflict for several years, and the Jewish state stood poised to intensify a ground...

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JK Rowling’s crime novels written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith will eventually outnumber her Harry Potter books, she has revealed.The author said her plans as Galbraith were “pretty open ended” and that his books would number more than the seven Harry Potter novels she wrote.The second novel under Galbraith’s name was published in June, and she said she was half-way...

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(AFP) Scientists on Saturday vowed to press ahead with their quest for a cure for AIDS, despite losing a veteran colleague and suffering a setback in
research.Addressing a symposium on the search for a cure, Nobel prize winner Francoise Barre-Sinoussi said the death of Joep Lange, a frontline scientist in the 33-year war on AIDS, was a major setback.

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(AFP) Switzerland has claimed the top spot on the Global Innovation Index for the fourth-straight year while Sub-Saharan Africa “posted significant regional improvement”.The annual rankings, which this year focused on the role people play in the innovation process, found that Switzerland and other top-ranked countries Britain, Sweden and Finland, had strong all-round support systems that led to “high levels...

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(AFP) The downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet over rebel-held eastern Ukraine has raised questions over why the company persisted in flying in conflict-zone airspace that many other Asian carriers had abandoned months ago.The air corridor over Ukraine has always been a crowded one for flights between Europe and Asia -- particularly Southeast Asia -- and re-routing...

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(AFP) Sixteen Palestinians were killed in Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip early Saturday, bringing the toll on the fifth day of violence to 121, medics said.The latest strike killed three in the eastern Tufah neighbourhood of Gaza City, Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.The raid came shortly after two people were killed in a strike that

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(AFP) President Vladimir Putin made a surprise stop in Nicaragua Friday after visiting Russia’s Cold War ally Cuba, part of a tour to increase Moscow’s influence in Latin America amid frayed ties with the West. Putin’s six-day trip will also take him to Argentina and Brazil, where he will take part in a summit of the BRICS group of emerging countries

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Delhi has become the world’s second most populous city in 2014 after Tokyo, more than doubling its population since 1990 to 25 million, according to a UN report.
The 2014 revision of the World Urbanisation Prospects launched on Thursday said that India is projected to add the highest number of people to its urban population by 2050, ahead of China.

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Presidential frontrunner Joko “Jokowi” Widodo met on Thursday with dozens of foreign journalists and correspondents  in Jakarta in his first post-election press conference one day after credible quick counts confirmed his victory in Wednesday’s election over opponent Prabowo Subianto.

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The province said it had prepared 15 large buses as reserves to prepare for the massive increase in the number of passengers leaving the island for their hometowns for the Idul Fitri exodus.
Indonesian Muslims are expected to celebrate the end of Ramadhan on July 28 and 29 by traveling to be with their families. This custom is locally referred to as mudik, or

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Family and friends bid farewell to veteran actress Zohra Sehgal, who was cremated on Frida (July 11). The last rites of the 102-year-old actress, who died on Thursday, were performed at the Lodhi Road crematorium by her son Pawan in the presence of her daughter Kiran and grandchildren.  Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, Shabana Azmi,

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(AFP) The United States on Friday hinted at displeasure with Germany over its handling of a spying row, which saw the CIA chief in Berlin thrown out of the country.The White House however rejected suggestions the showdown over apparent US recruiting of double agents could damage broader ties with the Berlin government and cooperation on issues like Ukraine.

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(AFP) US Secretary of State John Kerry was Saturday to hold a second day of talks with Afghanistan’s feuding presidential hopefuls, seeking a deal to “clean up the tally” after disputed elections.
Despite back-to-back meetings on Friday with rivals Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani and other officials that stretched deep into the night, US officials said an accord was

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