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Rights abuses fuel rise of militants
Thursday, January 29, 2015

WASHINGTON -- January 29, 2015: Governments increasingly view human rights as a luxury they can ill afford, Human Rights Watch said today, warning that abuses fuel crises in world trouble spots like Syria and Ukraine.
 
Western powers, including the United States, are far from blameless and in some cases their wrongdoing has fed the very climate in which serial rights abusers like Islamic State jihadists thrive....

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Police gunfire killed Sydney siege victim
Thursday, January 29, 2015

SYDNEY -- January 29, 2015: Ricochets from police gunfire killed one of the two hostages who died in a 16-hour siege at a cafe here last December, an inquest into the deadly stand-off heard today.
 
Barrister and mother-of-three Katrina Dawson, 38, died along with cafe manager Tori Johnson, 34, and Iranian-born gunman Man Haron Monis, 50, when police stormed the financial district cafe in the early hours of December 16....

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Nine dead in attack on Tripoli hotel
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

TRIPOLI -- January 28, 2015: Gunmen yesterday stormed a luxury Tripoli hotel popular with diplomats and officials in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group, killing at least nine people -- including five foreigners -- before blowing themselves up.
 
The assault on such a high-profile target underlined the fragile security situation in the Libyan capital,...

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Monster American snowstorm coming
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

NEW YORK -- January 27, 2015: Ten of millions of Americans along the northeast coast buckled down Tuesday for another day of a monstrous snowstorm that has shut down this city and other major cities. As dawn approached, the accumulation seemed lighter than originally forecast in some areas, news media said. But the wind-whipped white fluff was still coming down steadily and the storm was forecast to last well into the day....

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Southern rebels kill almost 50 Filipino commandos
Monday, January 26, 2015

MANILA -- January 26, 2015: More than 40 Philippine police commandos were killed in an 11-hour firefight with Muslim rebels which erupted while they were chasing one of the region's most wanted militants, police said Monday. The clash -- which broke out despite a peace pact with the main rebel group -- was "the single largest loss of life in recent memory by our security forces", said interior minister Manuel Roxas....

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Greece on a collision course over debts
Monday, January 26, 2015

ATHENS -- January 26, 2015: Greece awoke to a new era of defiant anti-austerity today after voters handed a decisive victory to radical left party Syriza, putting the country on a collision course with the EU and international creditors.
 
In a result that exceeded analysts' expectations, Syriza and its 40-year-old leader Alexis Tsipras won 149 seats in the 300-seat Greek...

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Anti-austerity Syriza on course to lead Greece
Monday, January 26, 2015

ATHENS -- January 26, 2015: Radical left-wing party Syriza appeared to be heading for a clear victory in Greece's  election yesterday, exit polls showed, which would allow it to challenge the course of austerity in Europe.
 
Syriza took between 35.5 per cent and 39.5 per cent of the vote, according to the polls, compared to between 23 per cent and 27 per cent for the conservative New Democracy party of incumbent Prime Minister Antonis Samaras....

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Yingluck decries death of Thai democracy
Friday, January 23, 2015

BANGKOK -- January 23, 2015: Embattled former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra decried the death of democracy in Thailand today after the junta-stacked parliament impeached her and prosecutors announced corruption charges that could see her jailed.
 
The successful impeachment of Yingluck, the kingdom's first female premier and the sister of former leader...

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Final report on MH17 ready after mid-year
Friday, January 23, 2015

DAVOS -- January 23, 2015: The final report on the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy is expected to be ready after the middle of this year.
 
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was informed of this yesterday at a bilateral meeting by his Netherlands' counterpart Mark Rutte.
 
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Saudi King Abdullah dies, Salman takes over
Friday, January 23, 2015

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz died on Friday and was replaced by Crown Prince Salman, the OPEC-kingpin's royal court said in a statement.The late monarch's half brother Moqren was named crown prince, according to the statement.King Abdullah, believed to be around 90 years old, was hospitalised in December suffering from pneumonia and had been breathing with the aid of a tube....

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