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New Delhi, India (AFP) -India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday he was ready to make changes to a decree which makes it easier for businesses to acquire land currently used for agriculture amid uproar over the impact on farmers. Modi’s cabinet approved an emergency executive order in December to make it simpler to acquire land if it was to be utilised for...

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Malé, Maldives (AFP) - Maldives police said Saturday they arrested 31 supporters of former president Mohamed Nasheed during a mass rally in the honeymoon islands’ capital to protest his detention on terror charges. Police said the supporters were taken into custody late Friday after thousands took to the streets of Male over authorities’ treatment of Nasheed, whose detention has sparked international...

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Manila, Philippines (AFP) - A military assault on Islamic militants in the southern Philippines entered its fifth day on Saturday, with the toll rising to 24 guerrillas and two soldiers dead, officials said. Ten Abu Sayyaf militants were killed in a two-hour clash on Friday after the army pounded their jungle lair on Jolo island with artillery and helicopter gunships, said Colonel Alan...

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Jerusalem, Undefined (AFP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu takes his long-running campaign to deny Iran nuclear arms to Washington next week, asking Congress to torpedo an emerging US nuclear deal with Tehran. Netanyahu has infuriated the White House and Democrat lawmakers by accepting the invitation by Republicans to speak on Capitol Hill, in what Israel’s Haaretz newspaper...

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William, who has left his heavily pregnant wife, Kate, at home, tried his hand strumming the instrument, whose mastery remains a key skill for geisha.
Tokyo, Japan (AFP) - Britain’s Prince William donned the trappings of feudal nobility in Japan Saturday, wearing the helmet and clothes of an ancient samurai during a tour of a TV studio.

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Robin Williams’ daughter, Zelda, has spoken out for the first time since her father’s death last August The actor and comedian took his own life at his Californian home at the age of 63. Ms Williams told NBC’s Today Show there was “no point” in asking why her father killed himself.

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Jakarta, Indonesia  (AFP)- Indonesia has retrieved the final major part of the fuselage of an AirAsia jet that crashed into the Java Sea in December, killing all 162 people on board, officials said Saturday. The mangled wreckage, the largest part of the plane retrieved, was pulled from the sea Friday and loaded onto a ship, national search and rescue chief Bambang...

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The Tupolev Tu-95 first thundered over Soviet parades in the mid-1950s. Why does this giant, propeller-driven bomber still make headlines nearly 60 years later? Stephen Dowling investigates. It first rumbled into the skies back in the early 1950s, an aerial giant that epitomised Soviet military might. Even its codename – ‘Bear’ – underlined its great size and strength.

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United Nations, United States (AFP) - China on Friday voiced opposition to a UN draft resolution on imposing sanctions on South Sudan, saying the measure would be unhelpful at a time when the warring factions are negotiating. The United States presented a draft text to the Security Council this week that provides for sanctions against individuals seen as blocking efforts to end the...

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Moscow, Russia (AFP) - Western leaders and Russia’s opposition on Saturday condemned the drive-by assassination of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov while President Vladimir Putin suggested the crime was staged to throw suspicion on the state.  US President Barack Obama decried the “brutal” and “vicious murder” of Nemtsov, which prompted the cancellation of a major opposition rally planned for Sunday, and urged...

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Yangon, Myanmar (AFP) -|A freelance photojournalist has been arrested in Myanmar for uploading a satirical post on Facebook mocking the country’s powerful military, relatives said Saturday. Aung Nay Myo, 37, was taken from his house in Monywa town, central Sagaing region on Friday morning.

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Nairobi, Kenya (AFP) - Four Thai fishermen held hostage by Somali pirates for nearly five years have been released, local officials said Friday.
“We collected the four Thailand men from a remote area,” said Omar Sheikh Ali, an official in Somalia’s central Galmudug administration.
The four fishermen were among 24 crew members seized in April 2010 when pirates hijacked...

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For the country that pontificates good governance both Labour and the Tories have thrown Malcolm Rifkin and Jack Straw to the crocodile filled moats that is the media hoping to save face. But more of these catastrophes should follow. Both Rifkin and Short as Foreign Secretaries have been...

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Islamabad, Pakistan  (AFP) - Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have long enjoyed close relations, but Islamabad’s new-found resolve for fighting the root causes of extremism has seen the Gulf state come in for rare criticism. The two countries, both with majority Sunni Muslim populations, are bound together by shared Islamic religious ties, financial aid from oil-rich Saudi and Pakistani military assistance...

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Paris, France (AFP) - The continued fighting in eastern Ukraine has made a mockery of the West’s latest attempts to negotiate a ceasefire but may ultimately pave the way for a more durable peace, say analysts. It did not take long for the latest truce, brokered by France and Germany and signed in the Belarussian capital Minsk last week, to...

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