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Lao Airlines in Mekong River crash
Thursday, October 17, 2013

SINGAPORE -- An ATR 72-600 operated by Lao Airlines crashed on Wednesday near Pakse in Laos.  In a statement from Toulouse, France, European manufacturer of turboprop aircraft, ATR said the flight QV301 was operating between Vientiane and Pakse with 44 passengers and five crew on board when it crashed into the Mekong River  at around 4.00 pm (local time). ...

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More Syrian rebel groups reject opposition Coalition
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

BEIRUT - Rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad's regime in southern Syria said Wednesday the main opposition National Coalition had "failed" and announced they no longer recognise the Western-backed group. The video statement signed by nearly 70 groups comes after a group of key rebel groups in the north of the country announced their rejection of the National Coalition in late September....

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Iran says will accept snap visits of its nuclear sites
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

TEHRAN - Iran's top negotiator said on Wednesday that a nuclear proposal presented to major powers in Geneva does allow for snap inspections of the Islamic republic's nuclear facilities, correcting his earlier remarks. "None of these issues exist in the first step, but they are part of our last step," Abbas Araqchi was quoted as saying by the official news agency IRNA....

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Obama to meet lawmakers at White House
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama was to meet Republican and Democratic congressional leaders Monday at the White House, stepping up efforts to reach a deal to head off a historic debt default.
 
Obama will hold the meeting at 1900 GMT and make clear "the need for Congress to act to pay our bills," a White House official said on condition of anonymity.
 
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Thai Govt may expand imposition of ISA in Bangkok
Monday, October 14, 2013

BANGKOK -- The Thai Government which is facing a long protest by the opposition group might expand areas under the Internal Security Act (ISA), depending on the situation, said Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.   Speaking to reporters today, she said the police would consider and assess the situation first before the government decided whether to expand the areas under the ISA, or otherwise....

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Libyan PM accuses political party of kidnapping him
Friday, October 11, 2013

TRIPOLI: Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has accused a political party of organising his brief abduction by armed gunmen on Thursday, the latest example of the lawlessness prevailing since Moamer Kadhafi's overthrow.
 
The premier appeared in good health when he arrived at government headquarters after his ordeal, waving to waiting well-wishers as he climbed out of an armoured car....

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Industry alarm over worsening Thai floods
Thursday, October 10, 2013

KABIN BURI: Soldiers plucked stranded homeowners from chest-deep water and floods threatened major manufacturing plants in central Thailand as international firms raised alarm over the authorities' ability to handle the inundations.
 
Heavy rains have swept the kingdom in recent days, with the worst of the flooding concentrated in central and eastern provinces where international...

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Libyan PM freed by militias after several hours
Thursday, October 10, 2013

TRIPOLI: Gunmen seized Prime Minister Ali Zeidan in Tripoli Thursday and held him for several hours before he was freed, in the latest sign of Libya's lawlessness since Moamer Kadhafi was toppled in 2011.
 
The pre-dawn seizure of Zeidan came five days after US commandos embarrassed and angered Libya's government by capturing senior Al-Qaeda suspect Abu Anas al-Libi off the streets of this city and whisking him away to a warship....

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Misuari charged for bloody siege
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

MANILA: Fugitive Muslim leader Nur Misuari has been charged with rebellion following bloody attacks by hundreds of his armed followers on a southern Philippine city, the justice minister said Wednesday. Prosecutors asked a court in Zamboanga to order the arrest of Misuari and three key lieutenants over last month's attack that killed 244 people, said Justice Secretary Leila de Lima....

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US raid in Libya renews legality questions
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

WASHINGTON: The US capture of an Al-Qaeda suspect on Libyan soil has renewed questions of legality, with President Barack Obama relying on controversial rationales from his predecessor George W. Bush.
 
US commandos on Saturday seized senior Al-Qaeda figure Abu Anas al-Libi off the streets of Tripoli as he was parking his car and whisked him to a warship. Libya denounced the operation as a kidnapping and summoned the US ambassador....

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