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Spanish princess to be quizzed by judge
Thursday, February 6, 2014

MADRID: A judge will quiz Spanish King Juan Carlos's youngest daughter Cristina on Saturday over fraud allegations in a corruption scandal -- a historic first for the troubled royal family.
 
Long thought untouchable as a royal, Cristina, 48, now faces public scrutiny over accusations of tax fraud and money-laundering that have fuelled doubts over the future of the monarchy.
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Singapore raises concerns over naming of Indonesian Navy ships after convicted marines
Thursday, February 6, 2014

SINGAPORE -- Singapore has raised concerned with Indonesia over the naming of the latter's new navy ship to honour past servicemen.      Indonesian media reported an Indonesian naval vessel, the KRI Usman Harun, was named after the two Indonesian marines, Osman Mohd Ali and Harun Said.   ...

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2013 sixth hottest year
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

GENEVA: Last year tied for the sixth hottest on record, confirming that Earth's climate is in the grip of long-term warming, the UN's weather agency said Wednesday.
 
"The global temperature for the year 2013 is consistent with the long-term warming trend," World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) chief Michel Jarraud said in a statement.
 
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North, South Korea agree to first reunions since 2010
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

SEOUL - North and South Korea agreed Wednesday to hold a reunion later this month for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War -- the first such event for more than three years. Officials from both sides meeting in the border truce village of Panmunjom, decided the reunion would be held February 20-25 at the North's Mount Kumgang resort, the South's Unification Ministry said....

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Singapore's founding PM Lee Kuan Yew in hospital
Tuesday, February 4, 2014

SINGAPORE - Singapore's founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew is recovering in hospital after suffering from an infection, the government said on Tuesday....

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N. Korea calls Japanese PM Abe 'Asian Hitler'
Tuesday, February 4, 2014

SEOUL - North Korea on Tuesday denounced Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as an "Asian Hitler" intent on amassing military power under the guise of ensuring regional stability. The attack in an editorial carried by the North's official KCNA news agency followed commentary by the ruling party's newspaper Rodong Sinmun last month that described Abe as a "militarist maniac" for trying to amend Tokyo's pacifist constitution....

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Mandela's estate worth at least $4.1 million
Monday, February 3, 2014

JOHANNESBURG: Nelson Mandela left his roughly $4.1-million estate to his wife Graca Machel, family members, staff, schools and the ANC, according to a summary of his will released Monday.
 
Two months after the death of the 95-year-old South African statesman, lawyers said wife Graca was likely to waive her right to half the estate, opting instead to receive four properties in Mozambique and other assets....

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UN Security Council declares war on ivory poachers, traffickers
Monday, February 3, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, February 3 - The United Nations Security Council is cracking down on ivory hunters and traffickers who finance armed groups in Africa in a new initiative which has been welcomed by conservationists.
 
Two resolutions adopted by the council last week -- one relating to the Central African Republic, the other to the Democratic Republic of Congo -- stated that the trade in illegal wildlife was fueling conflicts in the region and bankrolling organized crime....

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Death toll could rise in Sumatra volcanic eruption
Sunday, February 2, 2014

KARO: Indonesian officials searched through thick ash for bodies Sunday after Mount Sinabung volcano erupted, killing at least 15 people, with the only sign of life an ownerless mobile phone ringing inside an abandoned bag.
 
Dark, searing clouds engulfed victims during the eruption on Saturday, leaving rescuers with little hope of finding survivors as they searched through ash up to 30 centimetres thick....

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Protesters block voting in chaotic Thai election
Sunday, February 2, 2014

BANGKOK: Opposition protesters prevented voting at thousands of polling stations in Thailand on Sunday, triggering angry scenes in the capital over an election that plunged the strife-racked kingdom into political limbo.
 
Despite weeks of mass street demonstrations aimed at forcing her from office, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was widely expected to extend her billionaire family's decade-long winning streak at the ballot box....

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