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The Indonesian navy has retrieved from the seabed the tail of the AirAsia plane that crashed two weeks ago.Divers used an inflatable device to pull the tail to the sea’s surface. They are also searching for the plane’s “black box” flight recorders, which officials believe have been separated from the tail section. QZ8501 disappeared from radar in bad...

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Washington, United States (AFP) - President Barack Obama rallied to the support of France on Friday after the bloody end to hostage sieges in Paris, vowing to offer all assistance to combat the threat of militant Islamists. “I want the people of France to know that the United States stands with you today, stands with you tomorrow,” Obama said at a...

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Beirut, Lebanon (AFP) - A key Syrian opposition official said in a statement on Friday that he has declined an invitation to take part in a Russian-led bid for new talks to end the conflict. Moaz al-Khatib, ex-leader of the main opposition Syrian National Coalition, who recently established his own dissident movement, had visited Russia last year for discussions.

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Cyprus’ national carrier has ceased operations after an EU decision it must repay over 65m euros (£50m) in illegal state aid. The EU Commission said the Cypriot government had breached rules on support for struggling companies. Cyprus Airways has repeatedly received aid between 2007 and 2013.

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Seoul, South Korea (AFP) Three people were killed and more than 100 injured in a fire that swept through an apartment building north of Seoul Saturday, firefighters said.The death toll from the blaze at Euijeongbu City could rise as seven of the injured were in critical condition, Yonhap news agency said. “Three people were confirmed dead and 101 others were injured”...

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Donetsk, Ukraine (AFP) - Four Ukrainian soldiers and at least as many civilians died Friday in an upsurge of rocket attacks that came just as prospects for international peace talks on the nine-month crisis dimmed. Local authorities in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk said another nine residents were injured in sporadic clashes that continued from dawn late into the evening...

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No party is being able to cobble together a coalition, not least because of the fractured verdict in a disputed region, which is claimed by both India and Pakistan in its entirety.Politics is the art of the possible, but more than a fortnight after elections results in Indian-administered Kashmir, no government is in sight.

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