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Typhoon aid to Philippines hurt by poor coordination
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

MANILA -- November 11, 2014: The delivery of assistance to victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines was hampered by poor coordination between local authorities and the international community, British aid groups said today.
 
A study of the aid delivery by five charities released here a year after the storm struck found there had been a lack of communication between international aid providers, their local counterparts and the government....

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Putin accuses Kiev of stalling MH17 probe
Monday, November 10, 2014

MOSCOW -- November 10, 2014: Russian President Vladimir Putin today said the investigation of the MH17 crash site is stalling due to Kiev's constant shelling of the rebel-controlled area in eastern Ukraine.
 
Putin told Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak that rebels were not hindering access to the site of the Malaysia Airlines crash, in which 298 people died in July when the aircraft came down in an area controlled by pro-Russian separatists....

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Catalonia to press ahead for independence
Monday, November 10, 2014

BARCELONA -- November 10, 2014: Catalonia's nationalist government vowed to step up its secession drive after over two million people voted yesterday in a symbolic independence referendum which Spain's central government dismissed as useless.
 
Catalan government head Artur Mas called the vote, not sanctioned by Madrid, a total success after a large majority of those who took part supported independence....

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Obama authorises US Military to send more troops to Iraq
Saturday, November 8, 2014

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has authorised the military to send up to 1,500 additional personnel to Iraq for training and assistance of Iraqi forces with the aim to enforce fight against the IS militant group (IS), according to a statement released by US Department of Defence Friday.

According to China's Xinhua news agency Obama has authorised Defence Secretary...

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Singapore to consider proposal revising free entry time for Malaysian cars
Wednesday, November 5, 2014

SINGAPORE-- Singapore will consider a proposal on revising free entry time for Malaysian cars entering the republic.

Speaking in the Parliament today (yesterday), Minister for Transport Lui Tuck Yew said: "I note the Member’s suggestion on revising the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) - free periods."

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Britain ends Libyan army training after sex assaults
Wednesday, November 5, 2014

LONDON -- November 4, 2014: Britain's defence ministry said today it was cutting short a training programme for Libyan troops after reported sexual assaults allegedly involving five of the servicemen.
 
Some 300 members of the troubled north African country's armed forces have been based at the Bassingbourn Barracks in Cambridgeshire, eastern England, since July.
 
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For Merkel, EU immigration rules non-negotiable
Tuesday, November 4, 2014

BERLIN -- November 3, 2014: German Chancellor Angela Merkel sees the free movement of people within the EU as non-negotiable, her spokesman said today, after she reportedly warned Britain against restricting it.
 
Free internal migration in the European Union is an important European accomplishment, but Germany shares an interest in battling any abuse of the system, the spokesman said, reiterating the country's stance....

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ICAO Council adopted resolution on downing of MH17
Monday, November 3, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR -- Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said he is pleased to note that the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Council has unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine.

Liow said the Council had also reviewed the Report of the Task Force established under ICAO to explore Risks to Civil Aviation Arising From Conflict Zones....

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Germany says UK reaching point of no return on EU
Monday, November 3, 2014

BERLIN -- November 2, 2014: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned British Prime Minister David Cameron he is approaching a point of no return with the European Union over his immigration proposals, a report today said.
 
News weekly Der Spiegel writes in its latest edition that Merkel told Cameron on the sidelines of an EU summit last month that his moves to limit an influx of EU migrant workers undermined core principles of the bloc....

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Burkina leader refuses to quit despite violent protests
Friday, October 31, 2014

OUAGADOUGOU -- October 31, 2014: Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore has rejected calls to step down but called off a state of emergency imposed after a violent uprising against his 27-year rule saw parliament set ablaze.
 
It remained unclear today who was in charge of the landlocked west African nation after the army said it had taken control and opposition figures said Compaore's departure was non-negotiable....

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