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Fighting nears Baghdad as UN warns crisis life-threatening
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

BAGHDAD, June 17: Militants pushed a weeklong offensive that has overrun swathes of Iraq to within 60 kilometres of Baghdad today, as the UN warned the country's very existence was under threat.
 
Washington meanwhile deployed extra troops to protect its embassy here and was mulling air strikes against militants whose swift assault has seen them capture Mosul, a city of two million people, and subsequently a vast amount of territory north of Baghdad....

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Cambodian exodus from Thailand reaches nearly 180,000
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

POIPET, June 17 -- 2014: The number of Cambodians fleeing Thailand over fears of a clampdown on illegal migrant workers rose to nearly 180,000 today, as the two countries were expected to hold talks on the crisis in Bangkok.
 
The mass exodus of labourers -- who help keep major Thai industries such as agriculture afloat -- comes after a warning from Thailand's new military regime that illegal foreign workers face arrest and deportation....

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Break over, Obama returns to Iraq nightmare
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

WASHINGTON, June 17 -- 2014: Barack Obama returned to Washington yesterday after a brief family break in California to find himself confronted once again by the nightmare from which America thought it had escaped: Iraq.
 
Obama ran for the White House as a young leader who opposed the 2003 US invasion, and then won re-election as the steady hand who had finally withdrawn American troops eight years later....

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Inmarsat: MH370 searchers not looking in crash 'hotspot'
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

LONDON, June 17 -- 2014: The search for Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 is yet to target the most likely crash site after being distracted by what are now believed to be bogus signals, British company Inmarsat claimed today.
 
Inmarsat's scientists told the BBC's Horizon programme that they had calculated the plane's most likely flight path and a hotspot in the southern Indian Ocean in which it most likely came down....

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Gunmen kill at least 48 in Kenya attack
Monday, June 16, 2014

MOMBASA, June 16 - 2014: At least 48 people were killed when suspected Shebab militants from Somalia stormed into a Kenyan coastal town and launched a major assault on a police station, hotels and government offices, officials said today.
 
Around 50 heavily-armed gunmen drove into the town of Mpeketoni, near the coastal island and popular tourist resort of Lamu, late on Sunday....

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Netherlands humiliate champions Spain 5-1 in World Cup
Saturday, June 14, 2014

Salvador: Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben tore Spain apart in a stunning 5-1 dismantling of the defending champions in Salvador on Friday that sent shockwaves through the World Cup.
 
It was revenge for the Dutch who lost 1-0 to Spain in the World Cup final in Johannesburg four years ago.
 
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Kedah MH370 next-of-kin rejects compensation
Friday, June 13, 2014

ALOR SETAR, June 13 - 2014: The family of Chew Kar Moi, a passenger onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH370, has declined the offer of advanced compensation payment as long as the aircraft and the victim's body are not found.
 
Her older sister Kar Hui said her family declined the compensation after being briefed by MAS last month.
 
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Seven MH370 next-of-kin get US$50,000 advance payment
Thursday, June 12, 2014

PUTRAJAYA, June 12 - 2014: Seven next-of-kin of those on board the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370 have received advance payment of USD50,000 each from the airline's insurance scheme.
 
Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin said today that six are from Malaysia and one from China.
 
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Hillary Clinton's high popularity appears to be ending: Gallup
Thursday, June 12, 2014

WASHINGTON, June 12: Likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's favourability rating is dropping, signaling an end to her era of high favourability even before she announces her run for president, according to a Gallup poll.
Although a majority of Americans continue to view her in a positive light, the former First Lady's favourability rate slipped from 59...

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Expanded search area for MH370 remains in the south
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, June 4 - 2014: The search area for the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) MH370 plane will be expanded but it remains in the southern corridor. Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said a new location had to be sought if the black box was not found and all available expertise would be roped in to find the location. ...

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