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Riga, Latvia (AFP) - Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders denounced Saturday the killing of five people, including reportedly a Belgian national, in a “cowardly attack” on a Mali nightclub. “My thoughts are with the victims and their families,” Reynders said on the sidelines of an EU foreign ministers meeting in the Latvian capital Riga.

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Paris, France (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry was due to arrive in Paris Saturday seeking to boost European support for an emerging nuclear deal with Iran as France voiced concerns over whether it was stringent enough. Kerry was to fly in from London on the last stop of his latest diplomatic trip, to brief his French, German and...

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Baghdad, Iraq (AFP) -  Condemnation poured in Friday of the Islamic State group’s bulldozing of the ancient city of Nimrud, the jihadists’ latest attack on Iraqi cultural treasures that the UN termed a “war crime”. After rampaging through Mosul’s museum with sledgehammers and torching its library last month, IS “bulldozed” the nearby ruins of Nimrud Thursday, the tourism and antiquities ministry said.

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Malaysia’s transport minister says he is confident the missing MH370 airliner will be found in the Indian Ocean. Liow Tiong Lai said the Malaysian authorities were not concealing any information about the flight. He told the BBC they would keep searching for the aircraft, which disappeared with 239 people on board.

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Karachi, Pakistan (AFP) - Pakistani marine forces have arrested 45 Indian fishermen for violating territorial waters in the Arabian Sea, police said Saturday. Pakistan’s Maritime Security Agency (MSA) detained the fishermen on Friday after they strayed into Pakistani waters, and they were handed over to local police in the port city of Karachi, a senior police official told AFP.

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United Nations, United States (AFP) The UN Security Council on Friday adopted a US-drafted resolution condemning the use of chlorine in Syria and threatening measures if chemicals are used in future attacks. The resolution was approved by 14 of the 15 council members including Russia, Syria’s ally, but Venezuela abstained.

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Sultan Kudarat, Philippines (AFP) - Hundreds of Muslim rebels lined up in the Philippines Saturday to register as voters, keeping faith with a 2014 peace pact that was thrown into doubt after 44 policemen were killed in a botched terror raid.The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels, unarmed and wearing civilian clothes, had their photographs and fingerprints taken at a government building in...

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Beijing, China (AFP) - A hard-hitting video investigation into China’s grave air pollution problem has been pulled from mainstream video sites, days after it garnered more than 100 million hits online. “Under the Dome”, an independent documentary produced by former Chinese state media journalist Chai Jing, was no longer available on popular mainland video sites, including Youku and iQiyi, as of Saturday afternoon.

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A few patients have made rare and unexpected recoveries leaving doctors scratching their heads, says David Robson. Can these cases provide vital clues for tackling cancer? It was a case that baffled everyone involved. The 74-year-old woman had initially been troubled by a rash that wouldn’t go away. By the time she arrived at the hospital, her lower right...

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Washington, United States (AFP) -Talk about a cool dude: he once stopped a sulfuric acid leak with a piece of chocolate, and dismantled a missile using a trombone.The 1980s US television character, secret agent Angus MacGyver, could do it all. And in 2016 his successor will be a woman, if a US engineering association has its way. Late last month...

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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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