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Australian ship detects new signals as plane hunt narrows
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

PERTH: Two new signals have been picked up in the search for missing Malaysian flight MH370 raising hopes that wreckage will be found within days, officials said Wednesday. Australian ship Ocean Shield detected two more signals Tuesday to match a pair of transmissions picked up over the weekend that have been analysed as consistent with flight data recorder emissions, the head of the search said....

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Kim "re-elected" as North Korean leader
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

SEOUL : Kim Jong-Un was Wednesday "re-elected" as North Korea's leader, state media said, as parliament opened a session expected to endorse personnel changes after the shock execution of his once-powerful uncle. Kim was reaffirmed as First Chairman of the powerful National Defence Commission (NDC) by the new parliament, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said....

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Indonesians go to the polls Wednesday
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

JAKARTA: Last Saturday was the last day of campaigning for 12 contesting national parties and three other parties in Aceh, demonstrating their political clout in the run-up to the Indonesian General Election 2014 this Wednesday.    After three weeks of being showered with promises and offered with hopes for a better future during the public...

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Philippine top court approves controversial birth control law
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

MANILA, April 8: The Philippines' highest court approved today a controversial birth control law that supporters said would transform the lives of millions of poor Filipinos, in a stunning defeat for the powerful Catholic Church.
 
"The RH law is not unconstitutional," Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te told reporters, announcing a ruling that struck down more than a dozen petitions against the reproductive health law by church groups....

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Hunt for MH370 pings will take days before sub launch
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

PERTH, April 8: Ships searching for underwater signals from Flight MH370 have heard no more "pings" and will spend several more days trying to pinpoint a crash site before launching a mini-sub to scour the ocean floor, authorities say.
 
A month to the day since the Boeing 777 vanished with 239 people on board, time is running out to detect further signals as the batteries in beacons on the jet's black box data recorders reach their expiry date....

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Pro-Russians proclaim independence for Ukraine's Donetsk
Monday, April 7, 2014

DONETSK, April 7: Pro-Russian activists who seized the main administration building in this eastern Ukrainian city proclaimed Monday the creation of a sovereign people's republic independent of Kiev rule.
 
The decision was announced to reporters by a spokesman for the protesters who came out of the occupied building.
 
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Italian diplomat held for alleged child abuse in Manila
Monday, April 7, 2014

MANILA, April 7: An Italian diplomat detained in the Philippines is being investigated for alleged child abuse after he was found in the company of three boys, the government said Monday.
 
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said police arrested Daniele Bosio at a water fun park near here at the weekend following a tip-off from a local child rights group.
 
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Tiananmen Square dissident warns Uighur militancy on the rise
Monday, April 7, 2014

TAIPEI: Militancy is on the rise in China among Uighurs driven to despair over Beijing's "terrorist colonisation", Wu'er Kaixi, a Uighur exiled after his role in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, has warned. Wu'er -- who spoke after two high-profile incidents outside Xinjiang, the vast, nominally autonomous western region that is home to the Muslim ethnic minority -- pointed the finger of blame for the unrest squarely at Beijing....

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Pistorius to take stand as murder trial resumes
Monday, April 7, 2014

PRETORIA: Star Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is expected to take the stand for the first time when his murder trial resumes on Monday under the glare of the world's media. As the defence opens its case, the 27-year-old Paralympian will give the court his first account of why he shot dead his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's Day in 2013. ...

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Turkey's Erdogan criticises court ruling lifting Twitter ban
Friday, April 4, 2014

ISTANBUL: Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Friday criticised a constitutional court ruling lifting a ban on Twitter, saying the court should have rejected an application to restore access to the micro-blogging site."We complied with the ruling but I do not respect it," Erdogan told reporters at a news conference before departing on a trip to Azerbaijan....

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