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Remains of 28 Malaysian MH17 victims identified
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, August 19, 2014: Twenty-eight of the 43 Malaysian victims of the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH17 tragedy have been identified up today, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.
 
Thirteen are of the crew.
 
Fourteen of the 28 were Muslims, Defence Minister Datuk...

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Gaza death toll rises above 2,000
Monday, August 18, 2014

GAZA CITY, August 18, 2014: The death toll in the war-torn Gaza Strip rose above 2,000 today, the health ministry said as more people injured in over a month of fighting with the Israelis succumbed to their wounds.
 
According to a ministry statement, a total of 2,016 people were killed and another 10,196 wounded.
 
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Missouri declares state of emergency, curfew after looting
Sunday, August 17, 2014

FERGUSON, August 16, 2014 - The governor of the US state of Missouri declared a state of emergency and curfew Saturday following race-tinged violence in the suburb where an officer shot dead an unarmed black teenager. The curfew will begin overnight and last from midnight until 5:00 am for the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot dead by police a week ago....

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Venezuelan with cocaine breast implants arrested
Friday, August 15, 2014

MADRID, August 15, 2014: A Venezuelan woman with 1.7 kilos of cocaine hidden in her breast implants was arrested at the airport here after arriving on a flight from Colombia, police said today.
 
"During a check of passengers from a plane from Bogota, the gestures and behaviour of a supposed tourist raised the suspicions of narcotics agents," they said in a statement.
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Relief with Maliki out but fear little will change
Friday, August 15, 2014

BAGHDAD, August 15, 2014: Iraqis and foreign brokers alike breathed a sigh of relief today after Nuri al-Maliki stepped aside, which many saw as vital to tackling a spiralling military and humanitarian crisis.
 
A day after Washington claimed its air strikes averted genocide in northern Iraq, aid groups grappled with the scope of the disaster which saw a jihadist-led blitz displace hundreds of thousands of people in a matter of days....

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August 22 is national day of mourning for MH17
Thursday, August 14, 2014

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 14 -- 2014: Malaysia said today that the remains of 16 victims aboard downed Flight MH17 will be repatriated on August 22, declaring it a day of national mourning.   Coffins bearing the remains will arrive on a special flight and be received by the country's king, prime minister and other...

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Australian hospital accidentally declares 200 patients dead
Thursday, August 14, 2014

MELBOURNE, August 14 -- 2014: An Australian hospital apologised unreservedly today after sending out notices to the doctors of more than 200 patients telling them they had died instead of being discharged.
 
The error by Austin Hospital here was spotted within hours and the doctors were contacted, but not before at least one had called a family member to express their condolences, the Herald Sun newspaper reported....

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Cuba celebrates Castro's 88th birthday
Thursday, August 14, 2014

HAVANA, Aug 14 -Cuba celebrated the 88th birthday of Fidel Castro yesterday with endearing tributes to the historic leader of the Revolution, 55 years after his success in emancipating the Cuban people. 
 
Among the numerous activities organised were concerts, photographic and audiovisual displays, dance exhibitions, books, and other manifestations of a cultural nature.
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Hackers tweet resignation of Russian PM
Thursday, August 14, 2014

MOSCOW, August 14, 2014 - Hackers broke into Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's Twitter account on Thursday, tweeting his resignation and criticising President Vladimir Putin.
 
"I'm resigning. I'm ashamed of the government's actions. Forgive me," said Medvedev's Russian-language Twitter account.
 
"I've wanted to say this for a long time: Vova you're wrong!"...

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Aquino may seek controversial second term
Thursday, August 14, 2014

MANILA, August 14, 2014 - Philippine President Benigno Aquino has said he may try to change the constitution and serve a second term in office, a stunning announcement in a nation haunted by dictatorship.
 
The Philippines' constitution restricts presidents to serving a single term of six years, designed to stop a repeat of dictator Ferdinand Marcos's two-decade reign that ended in a 1986 "people power" uprising....

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