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Egypt jails Al-Jazeera journalists for up to 10 years
Monday, June 23, 2014

CAIRO, June 23 -- 2014: An Egyptian court today sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists including Australian Peter Greste to jail terms ranging from seven to 10 years after accusing them of aiding the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood. Greste and Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy each got seven years, while producer Baher Mohamed received two sentences -- one for seven years and another for three years....

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Death toll in twin Malaysian boat accidents rise to 15
Friday, June 20, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, June 20 -- 2014: Malaysian authorities said today that a 15th body was found and 27 people remain missing from two boat accidents, at a time when Indonesian illegal migrant workers head home for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
 
Eighty-two people have been rescued so far in an ongoing search off western Malaysia after the boats, believed to be...

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MH370 hunt to shift south
Friday, June 20, 2014

SYDNEY, June 20 -- 2014: The drawn-out search for missing Malaysian Flight MH370 will revert to an area hundreds of kilometres south of the previously suspected crash site following new analysis of the plane's flight path, a report said today.
 
Investigators grappling to solve the mystery of the jet's disappearance are set to scour a zone 1,800 kilometres west of...

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Jihadists win headlines but coalition behind Iraq drive
Thursday, June 19, 2014

BAGHDAD, June 19 -- 2014: A brutal jihadist group has garnered headlines for an Iraq onslaught, but it is actually the leading member of a fragile coalition including Saddam loyalists and others unified only by a common enemy.
 
The swift assault, spearheaded by jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), swept down from north Iraq last week, overrunning all of one province and major areas of three others....

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Two boat accidents leave 35 Indonesians missing
Thursday, June 19, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, June 19 -- 2014: Malaysian authorities today were searching for 35 people missing at sea following two boat accidents at a time when many illegal migrant workers head home to Indonesia for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
 
In the latest incident early today, nine people were missing off western Malaysia after a boat believed to be bound for Sumatra sank near the district of Sepang, south of this capital city....

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Afghan election in peril over Abdullah's fraud claims
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

KABUL, June 18 -- 2014: Afghan presidential election candidate Abdullah Abdullah today demanded a halt to vote-counting over fraud allegations, taking the country to the brink of a political crisis during its first democratic transition of power.
 
Abdullah ramped up his complaints over alleged fraud in Saturday's run-off election by accusing his opponent Ashraf Ghani,...

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Boat capsizes: 5 dead, 32 missing (Updated)
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

BANTING, June 18: Thirty-two people were missing today and five confirmed dead after an apparently overloaded boat carrying Indonesian illegal migrants headed home for Ramadan sank overnight in rough seas off western Malaysia. Officials said 60 people were rescued or made it to land by themselves after the accident around midnight near Port Klang,...

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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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