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Court makes Jokowi next Indonesian president
Friday, August 22, 2014

JAKARTA, August 21, 2014: An Indonesian court today upheld the victory of Joko Widodo at last month's presidential election, rejecting claims of widespread cheating from his opponent and ending weeks of political uncertainty in the world's third-biggest democracy.
 
The Constitutional Court's dismissal of ex-general Prabowo Subianto's challenge seals...

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IS an embarrassment to Muslims, says President Yudhoyono
Thursday, August 21, 2014

SYDNEY, August 21, 2014 - The president of the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, Indonesia, on Thursday called the actions of Islamic State militants "embarrassing" to the religion and urged Islamic leaders to unite in tackling extremism.
 
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the scale of the slaughter wrought by the extremists in overrunning large swathes of Iraq and Syria and the level of violence being used was appalling....

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Thai army chief is new Prime Minister
Thursday, August 21, 2014

BANGKOK, August 21, 2014 - Thailand's junta-picked national assembly on Thursday chose coup leader General Prayut Chan-O-Cha as prime minister in a one-horse race that entrenched the military's hold on power.
 
Nobody in the rubber-stamp legislature opposed the selection of the army chief, who ousted an elected government in a bloodless takeover on May 22.
 
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Parents of US journalist Foley praise their fearless son
Thursday, August 21, 2014

WASHINGTON, August 20, 2014: Friends, relatives and colleagues have paid tribute to American journalist James Foley, executed by Islamic State jihadists, with his parents praising their fearless son.
 
Condolences and shocked messages poured in after the Islamist group released a video of Foley's beheading late Tuesday, including from French journalists who revealed they had been held alongside him in the past year....

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Australia & Indonesia agree to bury spy row
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

SYDNEY, August 19, 2014: Australia and Indonesia have agreed to put a damaging spy row behind them, officials said today, paving the way for the resumption of full cooperation on issues such as defence.
 
Ties between the neighbours sank to their lowest point in years in November after reports that Australian spies tried to tap the phones of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his inner circle....

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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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