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Islamabad, Pakistan (AFP)- Tens of thousands across Afghanistan, Pakistan and Muslim-majority Indian Kashmir took to the streets on Friday for southern Asia’s biggest protests yet against satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s cartoon portrayal of the Prophet Mohammed.

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Little hope of breakthrough as Moscow, Russia (AFP)- Russia plans to bring together members of the Syrian regime and opposition in a new push to resuscitate talks on ending the country’s nearly four-year civil war, although hopes of a breakthrough are slim.

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CHIANG MAI – Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said today from her Facebook Page that Thai democracy was already dead together with the rule of free law in Thailand.Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said she felt saddened not because she was persecuted or unfairly treated but she felt sorry for the farmers and Thais across the country who would lose the...

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New Delhi, India (AFP)- US President Barack Obama has cancelled plans to visit the Taj Mahal during his upcoming visit to India, local media reported on Saturday. Obama was scheduled to go to India’s famed monument to love with First Lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday, at the end of a three-day visit to the country. Hundreds of cleaners had been...

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (AFP)- Dignitaries and leaders from around the world were to arrive in Saudi Arabia Saturday to offer their condolences to its new King Salman, a day after the death of his half-brother King Abdullah.British Prime Minister David Cameron, Prince Charles and French President Francois Hollande were among the first leaders expected while US Vice-President Joe Biden was due to visit in the coming days.

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The original founders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Occupy movement were arrested and released Saturday as the city’s police chief defended the investigation into mass protests, saying it was not “a show”. A number of protest leaders have been arrested and released without charge, with some calling the investigation harassment.

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Myitkyina, Myanmar (AFP)- Thousands of mourners gathered Friday for the funerals of two young teachers who activists allege were murdered by soldiers in northern Myanmar, as the government promised an inquiry into their deaths. Tearful well wishers packed into a hall in Myitkyina, the state capital of war-torn northern Kachin state, to pay respects to the pair, whose deaths have...

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Bangkok, Thailand (AFP)- Myanmar’s military freed more than 400 child soldiers last year, the United Nations has confirmed, a record number since the “tatmadaw” army signed a 2012 pact with the UN on the issue.There are no verifiable figures on how many children are currently serving in Myanmar’s huge military, which has faced a slew of accusations over rights abuses,...

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Washington, United States (AFP) - The US military will send nearly 1,000 troops to train Syrian rebel forces as part of a long-planned effort to build up a moderate opposition to take on the Islamic State group, the Pentagon said Friday.The training will take place in Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar and is expected to start in the “early spring,” ...

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Manila, Philippines (AFP) - On a recent busy evening in one of the Philippines’ top malls, shoppers wandered through luxury brand shops while prostitutes sat expectantly at a bar and a priest gave a sermon at a chapel.The scene may appear an unlikely combination but in the Philippines the Catholic Church has successfully set up shop where millions increasingly spend their leisure time.

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Cairo, Egypt (AFP)- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Saturday $2.5 billion in non-military aid for the Middle East as he launched a regional tour that includes visits to Jordan and Israel. In a speech in Cairo, Abe also pledged $200 million in non-military assistance for countries affected by the Islamic State (IS) group’s bloody expansion in Iraq and Syria, which spurred an exodus of refugees to neighbouring countries.

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Kabul, Afghanistan (AFP) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday condemned the decision by French magazine Charlie Hebdo to show a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed on its cover following a deadly attack on its offices by Islamist gunmen.
Ghani blasted the cartoon as “an insult to the sacred religion of Islam and the Muslim world”, a statement from the presidential palace said.

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Brussels, Belgium (AFP) - European nations arrested dozens of Islamist suspects Friday as Belgium said it had smashed a “terrorist” cell planning to kill police officers and France pursued fresh leads on last week’s Paris attacks. The raids renewed fears about the thousands of young Europeans believed to have gone to the Middle East to fight alongside the Islamic State and...

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Washington, United States (AFP) -Mitt Romney kept them guessing. In his first prominent speech since telling donors last week he was still interested in the White House, the 2012 Republican nominee hinted and quipped about a possible presidential run next year but stopped well short of any announcement.

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Kiev, Ukraine (AFP) An elderly man pretending to bring Ukrainian troops a jar of honey turned out to be an attacker in disguise, with the gift exploding and killing a soldier, a local official said Saturday. The incident occurred at a checkpoint in the country’s war-torn east on Friday, with a new wave of fighting between government forces and pro-Russia rebels having wracked the area in recent days.

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