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Turkey's 11 presidents from Ataturk to Gul
Monday, August 4, 2014

ANKARA, August 4 - Turkish voters will directly elect their head of state for the first time in the country's modern history in Sunday's election, with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan the hot favourite to become president.
 
Turkey's president is a largely ceremonial figure but holds some important powers and Erdogan is expected to seek to expand the role if he takes office, by changing the constitution....

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MH17 probe gathers pace in war torn Ukraine
Monday, August 4, 2014

DONETSK, August 4 - Fighting between government forces and pro-Russian rebels left at least 10 civilians dead in eastern Ukraine on Sunday as an international probe at the crash site of downed flight MH17 made headway.
 
The deputy mayor in the encircled insurgent stronghold of Donetsk told AFP that shooting in a residential suburb had killed six civilians and injured 13, the latest victims of more than three months of civil war that has claimed at least 1,150 lives....

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At least 175 dead in southwest China quake
Monday, August 4, 2014

BEIJING, August 3 - At least 175 people were killed and 1,400 injured after a strong earthquake hit southwest China's mountainous Yunnan province Sunday, bringing homes crashing to the ground and sparking a massive relief operation.
 
The quake in Zhaotong prefecture, in the province's northeast, toppled buildings and left rescue teams and residents to pull survivors from beneath the rubble, images on social media showed....

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China - Deadly clashes in Uighur homeland
Sunday, August 3, 2014

BEIJING, August 3 - Chinese state media said Sunday that 37 civilians and 59 "terrorists" had been killed last week in an attack in Xinjiang, home to China's mainly Muslim Uighur minority.
 
The total toll makes the incident by far the bloodiest since rioting involving Uighurs and members of China's Han majority killed around 200 people in the regional capital Urumqi in 2009.
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Taiwan gas blast city wants pipelines moved
Saturday, August 2, 2014

KAOHSIUNG, August 2 - Shocked residents in a Taiwanese neighbourhood rocked by multiple deadly gas blasts called on authorities Saturday to relocate a number of industrial pipelines running underneath the country's densely populated second city.
 
The explosions sparked massive fires which tore through Kaohsiung's Cianjhen district late Thursday, killing at least 26 and leaving a yawning trench running for hundreds of metres down a series of major thoroughfares....

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Explosion at factory in eastern China kills 65
Saturday, August 2, 2014

BEIJING, August 2 - An explosion at a factory in eastern China on Saturday killed 65 people, a government broadcaster said, while more than 100 were injured in what appeared to be an industrial accident.
 
The explosion in Kunshan, a city in the eastern province of Jiangsu near Shanghai, "has resulted in 65 deaths", state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) said in an Internet post....

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Kerry challenges India's Modi over WTO stance
Saturday, August 2, 2014

NEW DELHI, August 1 - US Secretary of State John Kerry told Narendra Modi that India's refusal to ratify a key WTO trade deal sent the wrong message, as he met the country's new prime minister for the first time on Friday.
 
Kerry expressed optimism about expanding cooperation between the world's two largest democracies during a first visit aimed at reviving a relationship clouded by mistrust....

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Gaza truce collapses in new wave of violence
Saturday, August 2, 2014

GAZA CITY, August 1 - A humanitarian truce in Gaza collapsed only hours after it began Friday amid a deadly new wave of violence and the apparent capture by Hamas of an Israeli soldier. Intensive shelling killed dozens of people in southern Gaza hours into the truce, which began at 8:00 am (0500 GMT) and was due to last 72 hours. ...

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US Senate passes emergency funding for Israel's Iron Dome
Saturday, August 2, 2014

WASHINGTON - 1st August - The Senate overwhelmingly approved an emergency measure early Friday that could give $225 million in additional revenue to Israel for the country’s Iron Dome missile defense system.
 
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) received unanimous consent from his colleagues Friday morning when he asked them to consider approving the measure, The Hill ...

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Putin says world should draw lessons from WWI
Friday, August 1, 2014

MOSCOW, August 1 - President Vladimir Putin on Friday slammed political ambitions that he said threatened peace in Europe as he paid tribute to Russian soldiers who died during World War I.
 
In a deeply symbolic speech mixing the past with the present, the Russian leader said the 1914-1918 war should be seen as a cautionary tale.
 
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