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Embattled French government scrapes through confidence vote
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

PARIS: September 16, 2014: France's crisis-hit government today narrowly won a crunch parliamentary vote of confidence in its economic reform path, in a rare respite for the deeply unpopular President Francois Hollande.
 
French deputies voted 269 to 244 in favour of the government's policies, after an impassioned speech by Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who vowed to press ahead with controversial spending cuts and tax breaks for companies....

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Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide & 1 gun charge
Friday, September 12, 2014

PRETORIA, September 12, 2014: Celebrity athlete Oscar Pistorius was found guilty today of culpable homicide in shooting dead his glamorous girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a conviction that could result in a lengthy jail term.
 
A day after acquitting Pistorius of a more serious charge of murder, judge Thokozile Masipa said that Pistorius had acted negligently when firing four hollow point rounds into a locked toilet door in the early hours of Valentine's Day 2013....

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Poroshenko pledges autonomy for east Ukraine
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

KIEV, September 10, 2014: President Petro Poroshenko pledged today to give separatist regions in eastern Ukraine more autonomy but said he would not allow the country to be ripped apart. The pro-Western leader also announced that Russia had withdrawn most of the troops it allegedly sent across the border to back pro-Kremlin rebels, a move that could further ease tensions after the signing of a ceasefire deal last week....

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Russia: "Ukraine bears full responsibility for MH17"
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

MOSCOW, September 10, 2014: Russia's defence minister told told his Malaysian counterpart that Ukraine bore full responsibility for the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash that left 298 dead.
 
"The crash happened in the airspace of Ukraine which bears full, total responsibility for what has happened," Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu told Hishammuddin Hussein, who was here to discuss the ongoing MH17 investigation....

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Obama prepared for air strikes in Syria
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WASHINGTON, September 10, 2014: President Barack Obama is prepared to authorise air strikes in Syria as part of a strategy to battle the Islamic State, two major US newspapers reported late yesterday.
 
The New York Times and the Washington Post said Obama is willing to expand to Syria the campaign of airstrikes that the United States has so far limited to IS targets in Iraq over the past month....

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Former Australia PM Gillard probed on slush fund
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

SYDNEY, September 10, 2014: Former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard today denied any wrongdoing regarding a fund used for allegedly fraudulent purposes as she was grilled at an inquiry into union corruption.
 
Gillard, who was ousted as Labour leader last year, has long been dogged by her actions in helping create the fund set up by her former boyfriend, Australian Workers Union official Bruce Wilson....

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Pro-UK parties pledge new powers for Scotland
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

LONDON, September 9, 2014: Britain's three main political parties united today to promise greater powers for Scotland if it rejects independence in next week's referendum, in a last-ditch attempt to head off growing separatist support.
 
Former Labour prime minister Gordon Brown has taken the lead in the campaign to keep the United Kingdom together after an opinion poll at the weekend put the pro-independence "Yes" camp ahead for the first time....

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MH17 hit by high-speed objects
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

THE HAGUE, September 9, 2014: Flight MH17 that crashed over rebel-held eastern Ukraine split into pieces during flight after being hit by numerous high-speed objects, said a report released by the Netherlands today.   "Flight MH17......

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Kashmir flood victims pack relief centres; over 400 killed
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

SRINAGAR, September 9, 2014: Bewildered families, nursing children and clutching meagre belongings, packed today into makeshift relief centres after fleeing floods in India and Pakistan that have now claimed more than 400 lives. The army was airlifting boats to the worst-hit areas of Indian Kashmir, where whole villages have been submerged and hundreds of thousands are stranded in the region's worst flooding for half a century....

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MH17 crash site is is currently volatile and inaccessible
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Malaysian Minister of Defence's statement from Kiev, Ukraine.
 
Today, I met with the Deputy Defence Minister of Ukraine, HE Admiral Ihor Kabanenko. We had a discussion regarding cooperation on the investigation into the MH17 incident and defence exchanges between Malaysia and Ukraine.
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