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Genève, Suisse (AFP) - The World Bank warned Friday the fight to stop Ebola was being lost, as the UN pleaded for more money to combat the escalating epidemic and global travel fears mounted.As the death toll from the world’s worst-ever outbreak of the virus shot past 4,500, a glimmer of hope came from Senegal, which was declared Ebola-free by

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Washington, Etats-Unis |(AFP)- US Secretary of State John Kerry wined and dined a top Chinese official on Friday as Washington and Beijing grapple with a number of bilateral differences and global issues.
Kerry treated State Councillor Yang Jiechi to a small dinner at his private residence in Boston, a senior State Department official said, ahead of more discussions over the

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New York, Etats-Unis (AFP)- The police officer who shot dead Michael Brown in the US town of Ferguson says he was pinned in his vehicle and struggling over his gun with the black teenager, a news report said Friday.
Brown’s death two months ago sparked ongoing protests, some violent, in the town near St. Louis and shone a spotlight on police tactics

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Tokyo, Japon (AFP) -Japan’s industry minister could resign over claims she spent political donations on make-up, local media reported Saturday, potentially delivering a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s bid to restart nuclear power.
Yuko Obuchi was appointed in September as the country’s first female minister of economy, trade and industry -- a powerful portfolio that includes oversight of the energy

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Moscou, Russie (AFP) - A major conference aimed at cutting global smoking rates in Moscow this week found itself grappling with another issue: how to stop the powerful tobacco lobby from butting in on the debate.
While delegates at the World Health Organization gathering were discussing ways to stop people lighting up, those representing the interests of the tobacco industry were doing their best to influence the outcome.

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The Supreme Court on Friday warned against attempts to delay the disproportionate assets case against former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.
Hearing the plea for bail and suspension of sentence, a Supreme Court Bench of Chief Justice H.L. Dattu and Justices Madan B. Lokur and A.K. Sikri told Fali Nariman, counsel for Jayalalithaa,

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Hong Kong, Chine (AFP) - Riot police clashed violently with pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong Saturday as demonstrators reoccupied a camp mostly cleared the previous day, leading to multiple arrests and jeopardising talks aimed at ending a political stalemate.

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Dubaï, Emirats arabes unis (AFP) -Al-Qaeda’s Yemen-based franchise on Friday urged Muslims worldwide to support Islamic State group jihadists in Syria and Iraq in the face of attacks by a US-led military coalition.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, classified by the United States as the network’s deadliest franchise, “prohibits taking part in the fight against” IS, which controls swathes of both Iraq and Syria, AQAP said in a statement posted on jihadist forums.

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The Modi government’s ability to deal with Pakistan and China will be no different from what previous governments have done. The military balance with Pakistan does not permit action that amounts to a deterrent and a befitting response to ceasefire violations since India has not developed the wherewithal and political will for it

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New Delhi, India (AFP)- Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi said Friday his Nobel Peace Prize would help highlight the plight of children around the world, and invited fellow winner Malala Yousafzai to work with him.Speaking to journalists outside his office on the outskirts of New Delhi, Satyarthi said he had only heard of his win through the media.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom (AFP)- Education rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai dedicated her Nobel peace prize on Friday to “voiceless” children around the world, and called on the Indian and Pakistani prime ministers to attend the award ceremony for the sake of peace.The 17-year-old, who heard the news while she was in a chemistry lesson at school in Birmingham, central England,

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Ottawa, Canada (AFP)- Malala Yousafzai will travel to Canada to become an honorary citizen, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Friday, the same day the 17-year-old education rights campaigner was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.
Malala was named an honorary Canadian a year ago and will visit the country on October 22 to receive citizenship, Harper said.

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Busan, South Korea (AFP) -A Korean and an Iranian film exploring family and relationships shared the top award at Asia’s largest film festival Saturday, with jury members praising both for expressing “what it means to be a human being”.
“End of Winter” from Kim Daehwan and “13” from Hooman Seyedi will be officially handed the two $30,000 prizes given for the New

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Seoul, South Korea (AFP) -North Korea’s state media said Saturday high-level talks with the South were now all but scrapped due to the launch of anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets from the South a day earlier.
The two Koreas traded heavy machine-gun fire across their border Friday, triggered by the North Korean military trying to shoot down balloons carrying the leaflets, launched

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Suruc, Turkey (AFP)  Islamic State jihadists have captured the headquarters of Kurdish fighters defending the Syrian border town of Kobane, with a UN envoy warning thousands would likely be massacred if it falls to them.
Outgunned Kurdish militia were struggling to prevent the jihadists closing off the last escape route for civilians still in the area, prompting an appeal Friday

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