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Deadly anti-Charlie Hebdo riots as France defends free speech
Sunday, January 18, 2015

FRANCE -- January 18, 2015: Five people were killed and churches set on fire in Niger on Saturday in fresh protests against the French weekly Charlie Hebdo's Mohammed cover, as France condemned the violence and defended freedom of expression.With France still reeling from last week's attacks that claimed 17 lives, jittery European countries stepped up security, with soldiers patrolling the streets of Belgium for the first time in 35 years....

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Abbott appeals Widodo to spare Aussie pair on death row
Saturday, January 17, 2015

MELBOURNE -- January 17, 2015: Prime Minister Tony Abbott has appealed directly to Indonesian President Joko Widodo to show mercy to two Australian men on death row in his country.

Myuran Sukamaran and Andrew Chan were sentenced to death in 2006 for their roles in the so-called Bali Nine's attempt to traffic heroin to Australia.
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Obama gives British PM a pre-election boost
Saturday, January 17, 2015

LONDON -- January 17, 2015: US President Barack Obama's warm words for British Prime Minister David Cameron on his trip to Washington made the front pages back home on Saturday, with papers hailing it as a major boost ahead of May's tight election.At a White House press conference, Obama described the Conservative leader as "one of my closest and most trusted partners in the world" and a "great friend"....

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Ten months on, Australia confident of finding MH370
Friday, January 16, 2015

SYDNEY -- January 16, 2015: Missing airliner MH370 is very likely to be found if it lies in the undersea zone now being scoured, and is probably in good condition despite being submerged for 10 months, the Australian search chief told AFP.
 
Three vessels, with a fourth on the way, are probing the depths of the Indian Ocean off western Australia where the...

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China had 104,000 new HIV/AIDs cases in 2014
Friday, January 16, 2015

BEIJING -- January 16, 2015: China diagnosed 104,000 new cases of HIV/AIDS in 2014, media reported Friday, highlighting growth in infections in the country despite a comparatively low overall rate.The figure was a 14 percent increase on the number of new cases diagnosed in 2013, the Beijing Times cited the country's health administration as saying....

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Turkey will not allow Mohammed to be insulted
Thursday, January 15, 2015

ANKARA -- January 15, 2015: Turkey will not allow Mohammed to be insulted, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said today, describing the publication of cartoons of the prophet as an open provocation.
 
"Freedom of the press does not mean freedom to insult," Davutoglu told reporters here a day after leading Turkish daily Cumhuriyet and Turkish Internet sites published cartoons featuring the prophet from the special Charlie Hebdo issue....

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Singapore navy finds main body of AirAsia jet
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

PANGKALAN BUN -- January 14, 2015: A Singaporean navy ship today located the main body of the AirAsia plane that crashed into the Java Sea late last month, believed to be the resting place of most of the 162 victims.
 
Flight QZ8501 crashed on December 28 in stormy weather during a short, routine flight from Surabaya to Singapore.
 
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Fourth vessel to search for MH370 late January (Updated)
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR – January 14, 2015: A fourth vessel, the Fugro Supporter, will join the underwater search for the MAS Flight MH370 place in the southern Indian Ocean later this month.   The Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) in a statement today said the vessel has been equipped with a Kongsberg HUGIN 4500 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV)....

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Singapore tightens anti-graft measures
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

SINGAPORE -- January 14, 2015: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has unveiled stiffer measures against corruption after high-profile graft scandals in the last two years that have tarnished Singapore's reputation for clean government.
 
Lee said a one-stop corruption reporting centre will be set up, the manpower of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) will be increased and procurement laws will be reviewed....

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Japan approves biggest defence budget
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

TOKYO -- January 14, 2015: Japan approved its largest-ever defence budget for the next fiscal year on Wednesday, as hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks to strengthen surveillance of territorial waters in the face of a continuing spat with China.For the year to March 2016, Tokyo will spend 4.98 trillion yen ($41.97 billion), the government said, rising for the third straight year....

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