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AirAsia jet's alarms screaming before crash
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

JAKARTA -- January 21, 2015: Warning alarms in AirAsia flight QZ8501 were screaming as the pilots desperately tried to stabilise the plane just before it plunged into the Java Sea last month, a crash investigator said today. The noise of several alarms -- including one that indicated the plane was stalling -- can be heard going off in recordings from the black box in the Airbus A320-200's cockpit, the investigator told AFP, requesting anonymity....

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British inquiry into Iraq war delayed
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

LONDON -- January 21, 2015: A long-awaited public inquiry into Britain's role in the Iraq war will not be published until after an election in May, it was reported Wednesday, sparking criticism of the delay.Dubbed the Chilcot Inquiry after its chairman John Chilcot, the probe was announced in 2009 to investigate the justification and conduct of the six-year conflict, and was intially expected to be released in 2010....

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AirAsia probe centres on human error, damage
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

JAKARTA -- January 20, 2015: Investigators examining the cockpit voice recorder of a crashed AirAsia jet said today they were considering whether human error or problems with the plane caused the accident, after ruling out terrorism. Flight QZ8501 went down in the Java Sea on December 28 in stormy weather with 162 people on board, during what was supposed to be a short trip from Surabaya to Singapore....

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Myanmar policies behind Rakhine oppression
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

YANGON -- January 20, 2015: A senior US diplomat today criticised Myanmar's policies which impose severe restrictions on the Muslim Rohingya community in Rakhine, saying they oppress people in the strife-torn state.
 
Violence between Buddhists and the Muslim minority community tore through the western state in 2012, leaving over 200 people dead and sparkling outbreaks of religious violence across the country that have overshadowed its democratic transition....

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UN warns of growing inequality and joblessness
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

GENEVA -- January 20, 2015: Unemployment will rise by 11 million in the next five years due to slower growth and turbulence, the UN warned on Tuesday.More than 212 million people will be jobless by 2019 against the current level of 201 million, the International Labour Organization said....

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US, Cuba set for talks to normalise ties
Monday, January 19, 2015

HAVANA -- January 19, 2015: The United States and Cuba will hold their highest level talks in decades on Wednesday, ditching decades of Cold War-era hostility to pave the way to reopen embassies and normalise ties.
 
Senior US and Cuban officials will meet over two days here to discuss immigration issues and a roadmap to return ambassadors to each other's nation, more than half a century after full diplomatic relations broke off in 1961....

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Fox News apologises for 'totally Muslim' remarks
Monday, January 19, 2015

WASHINGTON -- January 19, 2015: US television network Fox News has apologised several times for claiming there are "totally Muslim" no-go zones in Europe, comments that aired on the station following deadly attacks in France.Commentators on the network and anchors suggested there were areas in France and Britain in particular where non-Muslims aren't allowed in and police won't go....

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EU hails 'serious' Iran nuclear talks
Monday, January 19, 2015

GENEVA -- January 19, 2015: Negotiators for Iran and six global powers striving to reach a complex deal on Tehran's nuclear programme had "serious and useful" discussions in Geneva Sunday and will meet again next month, the EU said.High level officials from the United States, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia met with Iran's deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi for a day of talks as part...

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Deadly anti-Charlie Hebdo riots as France defends free speech
Sunday, January 18, 2015

FRANCE -- January 18, 2015: Five people were killed and churches set on fire in Niger on Saturday in fresh protests against the French weekly Charlie Hebdo's Mohammed cover, as France condemned the violence and defended freedom of expression.With France still reeling from last week's attacks that claimed 17 lives, jittery European countries stepped up security, with soldiers patrolling the streets of Belgium for the first time in 35 years....

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Abbott appeals Widodo to spare Aussie pair on death row
Saturday, January 17, 2015

MELBOURNE -- January 17, 2015: Prime Minister Tony Abbott has appealed directly to Indonesian President Joko Widodo to show mercy to two Australian men on death row in his country.

Myuran Sukamaran and Andrew Chan were sentenced to death in 2006 for their roles in the so-called Bali Nine's attempt to traffic heroin to Australia.
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