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Now Iraq PM says IS a threat to region
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

TEHERAN -- October 21, 2014: Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said today his country was at war with terrorists threatening the region and intent on dividing Muslims, as he met top officials in key ally Iran.
 
As mainly Shiite neighbours, Iran and Iraq have been close since the ouster of Sunni dictator Saddam Hussein in the US-led invasion of 2003, with Teheran's role becoming increasingly open in recent years....

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Oscar Pistorius jailed for 5 years (Updated)
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

PRETORIA -- October 21, 2014: South African Paralympian star sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison today for the killing of his girlfriend last year, as his sensational trial reached a climax.   Pistorius, who had vomitted and wept at times during the trial,...

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Barroso warns Britain against Euro exit
Monday, October 20, 2014

LONDON -- October 20, 2014: European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso argued today that Britain is better in the European Union and warned that alienating its allies would be a historic mistake, as pressure mounts from British eurosceptics before elections.
 
"In the years to come the UK could be facing a choice –- to stay or leave the...

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Indonesia inaugurates Widodo as president
Monday, October 20, 2014

Joko Widodo, Indonesia's first leader without deep roots in the era of dictator Suharto, was sworn in as president Monday but faces huge challenges to enact a bold reform agenda. The inauguration, which was attended by foreign dignitaries including US Secretary of State John Kerry and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, capped a remarkable rise for a softly-spoken politician who was brought up in a riverside slum. ...

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Panic over Ebola reaches fever-pitch despite calls for calm
Saturday, October 18, 2014

PARIS -- October 17, 2014: Airport baggage handlers refusing to unload suitcases, a journalist quarantined by his wife, parents taking kids out of school: hysteria over Ebola has reached fever-pitch the world over despite repeated calls for calm.
 
The virus has killed nearly 4,500 people, most of them in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and the disease has reared its...

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Putin warns West not to blackmail Russia
Thursday, October 16, 2014

BELGRADE -- October 16, 2014: President Vladimir Putin accused his US counterpart Barack Obama of a hostile approach towards Russia, warning in a Cold War-style tirade that Moscow would not be blackmailed by the West over Ukraine.
 
Putin fired off his combative comments in a interview with a Serbian newspaper, shortly before he arrives here today to a hero's welcome from Russia's loyal ally....

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Kerry's plane grounded..... again
Thursday, October 16, 2014

VIENNA -- October 16, 2014: Globe-trotting top US diplomat John Kerry was left hoofing it back on a commercial flight from here today, after his ageing Air Force plane broke down for the fourth time this year.
 
After marathon talks on Iran's nuclear programme here yesterday, Kerry's party of more than 40 State Department staff and journalists were checking out of their hotel rooms before dawn...

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World losing ground against Ebola; infections to soar
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

UNITED NATIONS -- October 15, 2014: The world is falling behind in a desperate race stop the deadly Ebola outbreak, a top UN official warned yesterday amid dire predictions that thousands of new infections are possible before year's end. "Ebola got a head start on us," said Anthony Banbury, head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response. ...

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No sign of MH370 in first update of underwater search
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sydney: Australian authorities released their first update on the latest underwater probe for missing flight MH370 Wednesday, saying more than 670 square kilometres (260 square miles) had been searched without success. ...

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Catalonia leader vows to press on with independence
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BARCELONA -- October 14, 2014: Catalonia's president Artur Mas vowed today to press ahead with a vote on independence for the region on November 9, but under a different legal framework after Spanish authorities challenged the plan in the courts.
 
Catalan leaders agreed yesterday that the non-binding vote they had called in the wake of Scotland's independence referendum could not go ahead in its current form....

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