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Australia rules out swathe of ocean as MH370 crash zone
Thursday, May 29, 2014

SYDNEY, May 29: Australia today ruled out a large swathe of Indian Ocean as Flight MH370's final resting place after a lengthy underwater hunt, as a US Navy official queried whether the missing plane ever went there. The Joint Agency Coordination Centre said that the search in an area using a mini sub where acoustic transmissions were detected in early April was now complete....

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Detentions silence coup critics in Thailand
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

BANGKOK, May 28: Their names read out on national television, politicians, activists, academics and journalists are among scores of influential people summoned by Thailand's junta and arbitrarily held in secret locations.
 
Over 250 people have been called in since the army seized power and took top political figures into custody last Thursday during negotiations purporting to be aimed at navigating a path through the kingdom's debilitating political strife....

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Taliban condemns US exit strategy from Afghanistan
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

KABUL, May 28: Taliban insurgents today denounced US plans to keep troops in Afghanistan until the end of 2016, threatening to wage war against the occupation until the very last foreign soldier pulls out.
 
Outlining the US strategy to end America's longest war, 15 years after the September 11 attacks, President Barack Obama confirmed yesterday that the 32,000-strong US deployment in Afghanistan would be scaled back to around 9,800 by the start of 2015....

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Singapore activists warn of surging xenophobia
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

SINGAPORE, May 28: Guest workers and expatriates are increasingly the target of xenophobic attacks on social media, Singapore's leading activists groups warned today.
 
There is evidence of the widespread use of racist, aggressive and militarised rhetoric against foreigners on social networks, said a press release issued by 12 independent groups including Maruah, Singapore's main human rights group....

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Sisi eyes big turnout as Egypt election wraps up
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

CAIRO, May 27: Egypt was wrapping up a presidential election today with frontrunner ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi eyeing a strong turnout to give credibility to his overthrow of the elected Islamist president.
 
The retired field marshal's supporters have expressed fears of a low turnout after the first day of voting, as Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and secular dissidents called for a boycott....

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Thai protesters defy junta and labels
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

BANGKOK, May 27: From teachers and tour guides to financial consultants, a small band of anti-coup protesters from a spectrum of Thailand's divided society is taking to the streets to defy the kingdom's new junta.
 
Their message to the military rulers -- return power to the people.
 
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Filipino event in Singapore scrapped after drawing abuse
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

SINGAPORE, May 27: A Philippine independence day celebration in Singapore has been cancelled, organisers said today, after plans for a public event generated online abuse and threats against Filipinos in the city-state.
 
"In view of all considerations in the search for equivalent suitable venues, the PIDC 2014 deemed it is best to cancel the event," the Pilipino Independence Day Council (PIDC) said in a statement sent to AFP....

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Indonesia religion minister quits over graft allegations
Monday, May 26, 2014

JAKARTA, May 26: Indonesia's religious affairs minister resigned today after being accused of misusing funds that were supposed to help Muslims go on pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca.
 
The anti-corruption agency last week named Suryadharma Ali a suspect in its investigation into alleged graft in the organisation of the hajj, or pilgrimage, to Saudi Arabia in 2012-13.
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Thai junta chief gets royal nod, threatens protesters (Updated)
Monday, May 26, 2014

BANGKOK: May 26: Thailand's coup leader received royal endorsement to lead the politically divided kingdom today and quickly threatened to crack down on any further agitation after a weekend of angry protests.   The palace officially appointed army chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha as leader of a military junta that has deposed...

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Thai army detains ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra
Friday, May 23, 2014

BANGKOK: Several media have reported that deposed Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra have been detained by the military which staged a coup earlier this week. The BBC reported that Shinawatra and a number of family members and politicians have been detained, as leaders of the nation's military coup tighten their grip on power. ...

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