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Australia endures hottest year on record
Friday, January 3, 2014

SYDNEY: Australia experienced its hottest year on record in 2013, the Bureau of Meteorology said Friday, enduring the longest heatwave ever recorded Down Under as well as destructive bushfires.
 
"2013 was Australia's warmest year since records began in 1910," the bureau said in its annual climate statement, released as inland areas of the country suffer scorching heatwave conditions....

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China plans joint military command system
Friday, January 3, 2014

BEIJING - China's armed forces plan to set up a joint operational command system to "enhance efficiency" in crisis response, state media reported Friday....

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Musharraf suffers heart problem on way to court
Thursday, January 2, 2014

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was rushed to hospital Thursday after suffering a heart problem on his way to court in the latest dramatic twist in his treason trial.
 
The 70-year-old had been summoned to the special tribunal in Islamabad after failing to show up for two previous sessions due to security threats against him.
 
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All passengers rescued from icebound Antarctic ship (Updated)
Thursday, January 2, 2014

SYDNEY: All 52 passengers were airlifted Thursday from a Russian research vessel icebound in Antarctica and are safe on board an Australian supply ship, rescuers said.   "Aurora Australis has advised AMSA that the 52 passengers from the Akademik Shokalskiy are now on board," the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said....

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Schumacher stable as he enters new year in a coma
Thursday, January 2, 2014

GRENOBLE: Formula One legend Michael Schumacher remained stable Wednesday as he entered the new year in hospital with severe brain injuries sustained while skiing in the French Alps.
 
The German racing great remained in an induced coma and a critical condition, with his wife Corinna, 16-year-old daughter Gina-Maria and 14-year-old son Mick at his bedside in this French Alpine city....

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South Sudan rivals to start ceasefire talks as fighting rages
Wednesday, January 1, 2014

JUBA - South Sudan's warring parties were on Wednesday due to start talks aimed at ending more than two weeks of bloodshed but rebel leader Riek Machar has warned his forces will keep fighting until a ceasefire deal is reached. Machar has rejected face-to-face talks with his rival, President Salva Kiir, but has sent representatives to the talks in the Ethiopian capital as concerns soar over atrocities being committed in the world's youngest nation....

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Schumacher improving but not out of danger (Updated)
Tuesday, December 31, 2013

GRENOBLE: Doctors treating Michael Schumacher said Tuesday the Formula One legend has undergone a second operation following his life-threatening ski accident but warned he is not out of danger.   Surgeons said there had been a slight improvement in his condition and that they had gained some time by...

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Myanmar declares 'no more political prisoners' after amnesty
Tuesday, December 31, 2013

YANGON - Myanmar on Tuesday announced there were "no more political prisoners" after issuing a sweeping amnesty order aimed at fulfilling a presidential pledge to free all dissidents by the end of the year. The country has released scores of prisoners of conscience as part of dramatic reforms, implemented since the end of outright military rule in 2011, that have ended the former pariah's international isolation and seen most western sanctions disbanded....

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Fourteen killed in new attack in Russia's Volgograd (Updated)
Monday, December 30, 2013

MOSCOW: At least 14 people were killed on Monday in a bombing that destroyed a packed trolleybus in the southern Russian city of Volgograd, a day after 17 people died in a suicide strike on the city's main train station. The new attack will further heighten fears about security at the Winter Olympic Games which are due to open on February 7 in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi, which lies 690 kilometres southwest of Volgograd....

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China eases one-child policy, abolishes labour camps
Saturday, December 28, 2013

BEIJING, December 28 - China's top legislative committee formally approved a loosening of the country's hugely controversial one-child policy on Saturday and abolished "re-education through labour" camps, state media reported.
 
The decisions were taken by the standing committee of the National People's Congress, China's rubber-stamp parliament, at the conclusion of a six-day meeting, according to Xinhua news agency....

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