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Japan express interest to bid for high speed rail link between KL-Singapore
Friday, November 14, 2014

NAY PYI TAW -- Japan has expressed interest in bidding for the tender of the high speed international rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his country's interest on the bidding to the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak during a bilateral meeting between the two leaders, on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit and related summits, here today (yesterday)....

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Dinosaur tooth aged 140 million years found in Malaysia
Thursday, November 13, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR -- November 13, 2014: A dinosaur tooth found in Malaysia is at least 140 million years old and belongs to a new species within the bird-hipped Ornithischian order, researchers said today.
 
While still unsure of the exact species of dinosaur, lead researcher Masatoshi Sone from the University of Malaya said the discovery means it is plausible that large dinosaur fossil deposits still remain in Malaysia....

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Honda reports new exploding Takata airbag death
Thursday, November 13, 2014

TOKYO -- November 13, 2014: Honda said today that an explosion involving a defective airbag killed a woman in Malaysia, bringing to five the number of deaths believed to be linked to a flaw in parts made by embattled Japanese firm Takata.
 
The previous four cases happened in the United States, but Honda said one woman died in a July crash after an abnormal rupture of a Takata-made airbag....

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Australia commits to nine-month extension of MH17 probe
Thursday, November 13, 2014

CANBERRA -- The Australian government said investigations into the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 will be extended for another nine months, Xinhua news agency reported.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan announced the government's renewed commitment to the investigation in a statement released Thursday.  

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Boko Haram attacks forcing thousands to flee from Nigeria
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

GENEVA -- The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said attacks by Boko Haram militants in north-east Nigeria had forced thousands to flee to neighbouring Cameroon, Xinhua news agency reported.

Some 13,000 Nigerians crossed into the northern region of Cameroon from northeast Adamawa state following rising attacks by Boko Haram, a sect responsible for major killings in the country since 2009....

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Dutch in fresh bid to recover MH17 wreckage
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

GRABOVE (Ukraine) -- November 11, 2014: Dutch investigators accompanied by armed rebels arrived near the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine today hoping to recover debris from the doomed airliner amid fears all-out fighting could break out again.
 
Around a dozen experts arrived in a convoy of cars but were not permitted to enter the zone where the Malaysia Airlines...

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Typhoon aid to Philippines hurt by poor coordination
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

MANILA -- November 11, 2014: The delivery of assistance to victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines was hampered by poor coordination between local authorities and the international community, British aid groups said today.
 
A study of the aid delivery by five charities released here a year after the storm struck found there had been a lack of communication between international aid providers, their local counterparts and the government....

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Putin accuses Kiev of stalling MH17 probe
Monday, November 10, 2014

MOSCOW -- November 10, 2014: Russian President Vladimir Putin today said the investigation of the MH17 crash site is stalling due to Kiev's constant shelling of the rebel-controlled area in eastern Ukraine.
 
Putin told Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak that rebels were not hindering access to the site of the Malaysia Airlines crash, in which 298 people died in July when the aircraft came down in an area controlled by pro-Russian separatists....

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Catalonia to press ahead for independence
Monday, November 10, 2014

BARCELONA -- November 10, 2014: Catalonia's nationalist government vowed to step up its secession drive after over two million people voted yesterday in a symbolic independence referendum which Spain's central government dismissed as useless.
 
Catalan government head Artur Mas called the vote, not sanctioned by Madrid, a total success after a large majority of those who took part supported independence....

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Obama authorises US Military to send more troops to Iraq
Saturday, November 8, 2014

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has authorised the military to send up to 1,500 additional personnel to Iraq for training and assistance of Iraqi forces with the aim to enforce fight against the IS militant group (IS), according to a statement released by US Department of Defence Friday.

According to China's Xinhua news agency Obama has authorised Defence Secretary...

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