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Libya in new crisis as Islamists seize airport
Sunday, August 24, 2014

BENGHAZI, August 24, 2014: Islamist militias openly challenged the legitimacy of parliament after announcing their seizure of Tripoli airport, plunging Libya's rocky political transition into fresh crisis today.
 
The militias, which the elected parliament branded as terrorists, said the house had lost its legitimacy through its alleged complicity with a deadly air strike on the airport that the Islamists blamed on Egypt and the United Arab Emirates....

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Russian aid reach Eastern Ukraine
Saturday, August 23, 2014

Moscow has accused Kiev of placing political interests above humanism, adding that it is confident it made the right decision to order a convoy with Russian humanitarian aid to proceed to the conflict zone without waiting for further Ukrainian permission.
 
Russian Red Cross volunteers ready to escort aid convoy to Lugansk, E. Ukraine
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Police officer brands Ferguson protesters 'rabid dogs'
Saturday, August 23, 2014

FERGUSON, August 23, 2014- A police officer in Missouri was suspended Friday after he voiced his contempt via Facebook of protesters condemning the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer.
 
Some 50 demonstrators returned to the streets of the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson at sunset Friday to demand justice for the August 9 death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, whose funeral is set for Monday....

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US warns Islamic State beyond anything it has seen
Friday, August 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, August 22, 2014: The United States said yesterday that the Islamic State was beyond anything it has seen, as US warplanes pressed on with airstrikes against it despite death threats against an American hostage.
 
Pentagon chiefs warned of the dangers of a slick, well-funded operation powered by an apocalyptic end of days ideology as the West reeled from the grisly execution of American journalist James Foley....

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Communist park restored amid wave of nostalgia in Russia
Friday, August 22, 2014

MOSCOW, August 22, 2014 - Sliding into shabbiness after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, a giant Moscow complex extolling the days of the old planned economy has been restored amid a wave of nostalgia for Russia's past.
 
The Exhibition of Achievements of the People's Economy, or VDNKh, opened in 1939 to trumpet Soviet successes while the capitalist world was stuck in a deep depression....

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Australia defends detention of asylum-seeking children
Friday, August 22, 2014

SYDNEY, August 22, 2014 - Australia's immigration minister Friday strongly defended his government's policy of detaining asylum-seeker children in camps, saying it was "effective" in deterring others from boarding boats destined for its shores.
 
Scott Morrison, who was fronting an Australian Human Rights Commission inquiry into children in detention, said Canberra's tough immigration policies...

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Kerala to ban alcohol
Friday, August 22, 2014

NEW DELHI, Aug 22 - India's Southern State Kerala, which has the highest per capita consumption of alcohol in the country is on a massive clampdown on availability of liquor and aims to be booze free in 10 years, Indian media reported.   The state will now restrict liquor bars to five star hotels, Kerala's Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy was quoted as saying by the Economic Times....

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Court makes Jokowi next Indonesian president
Friday, August 22, 2014

JAKARTA, August 21, 2014: An Indonesian court today upheld the victory of Joko Widodo at last month's presidential election, rejecting claims of widespread cheating from his opponent and ending weeks of political uncertainty in the world's third-biggest democracy.
 
The Constitutional Court's dismissal of ex-general Prabowo Subianto's challenge seals...

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IS an embarrassment to Muslims, says President Yudhoyono
Thursday, August 21, 2014

SYDNEY, August 21, 2014 - The president of the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, Indonesia, on Thursday called the actions of Islamic State militants "embarrassing" to the religion and urged Islamic leaders to unite in tackling extremism.
 
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the scale of the slaughter wrought by the extremists in overrunning large swathes of Iraq and Syria and the level of violence being used was appalling....

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Thai army chief is new Prime Minister
Thursday, August 21, 2014

BANGKOK, August 21, 2014 - Thailand's junta-picked national assembly on Thursday chose coup leader General Prayut Chan-O-Cha as prime minister in a one-horse race that entrenched the military's hold on power.
 
Nobody in the rubber-stamp legislature opposed the selection of the army chief, who ousted an elected government in a bloodless takeover on May 22.
 
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