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Northern Europe slowly recovers from storm
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

BERLIN: Countries in northern Europe lashed by a storm that killed 16 people were on Tuesday still struggling with power outages and travel disruptions a day after the tempest.
 
After gusting winds and heavy rain, Britain, France, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and northern Germany began weighing up the damage left in the storm's wake.
 
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Reforms eyed as China's Communist Party heads for meeting
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

BEIJING: China's ruling Communist Party will hold a key four-day gathering early next month, state media reported Tuesday, a much-anticipated meeting that could serve as the venue for the announcement of far-reaching economic reforms.
 
The Communist Party's third plenum -- which traditionally sets the economic tone for a Chinese government's five-year term -- will take place...

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Ex-Thai PM faces indictment over crackdown
Monday, October 28, 2013

BANGKOK: Thailand's attorney general has decided to prosecute former premier Abhisit Vejjajiva and his ex-deputy on murder charges related to a bloody crackdown on anti-government protests in 2010, officials said Monday. The opposition slammed the move as an attempt to pressure it to support a controversial amnesty bill that could allow fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra to return from self-imposed exile....

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Two dead, power cuts in Britain & France
Monday, October 28, 2013

LONDON: Nearly 300,000 homes were left without power in Britain and France on Monday and trains and planes were cancelled as a fierce storm battered the region, leaving at least two people dead. A 17-year-old girl died after a tree fell onto the static caravan where she was sleeping in Hever, southeast England, and a man in his 50s died when a tree fell on his car in Watford, north of London, police said....

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Worst storm in decade hits Britain & France
Monday, October 28, 2013

LONDON: Britain faced travel chaos on Monday and some 75,000 homes were without electricity in northern France as one of the worst storms in years battered the region, sweeping at least one person out to sea.
 
Britain's national weather centre the Met Office warned of falling trees, damage to buildings and disruption to power supplies and transport as the storm hit England's southwest coast late Sunday....

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Genocide charges against Yaron and the state of Israel to resume
Friday, October 25, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR – The adjourned trial of retired Israeli army general Amos Yaron and the State of Israel for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide will be resumed on Nov 20 to 25, 2013, the adjourned trial in Kuala Lumpur. ...

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Philippine earthquake creates miles-long rocky wall
Thursday, October 24, 2013

MANILA: A deadly earthquake that struck the Philippines last week created a spectacular rocky wall that stretches for kilometres through farmlands, astounded geologists said Thursday.
 
Dramatic pictures of the Earth-altering power of the 7.1-magnitide quake have emerged as the government worked to mend the broken central island of Bohol, ground zero of the destruction.
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Laos recovers cabin of crashed plane
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

BANGKOK: Search teams have retrieved the main cabin of a Lao Airlines plane which plunged into the Mekong River killing all 49 people on board, officials said Wednesday.
 
The recovery operation involved a large crane that lifted the midsection of the turboprop ATR-72 from the fast-flowing waters, said Yakua Lopankao, director general of Laos' Department of Civil Aviation.
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Hopes for Syria peace meet fade as rebels dig in heels
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

DAMASCUS - Prospects for a Syria peace conference in Geneva next month looked dim Wednesday after key opposition leaders spurned efforts by Western and Arab powers to persuade them to attend. A meeting in London between the opposition leaders and 11 key countries of the so-called Friends of Syria on Tuesday produced little more than an accord that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should play no future role in government....

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Brunei Sultan introduces tough Islamic punishments
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: The Sultan of Brunei introduced tough Sharia-law punishments on Tuesday including death by stoning for crimes such as adultery, hailing what he called a historic step toward Islamic orthodoxy for his sleepy country.
 
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah -- one of the world's wealthiest men -- said a new Sharia Penal Code in the works for years was officially introduced...

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