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Australia outlaws travel to terror hotspots
Thursday, October 30, 2014

SYDNEY -- October 30, 2014: Australia today passed a law criminalising travel to terror hotspots, a tough counter-terrorism measure aimed at stopping jihadists from going to Iraq and Syria to fight.
 
The Australian government has been increasingly concerned about the flow of foreign fighters to the Middle East to join militant groups such as Islamic State, with 70 Australians believed to have already made the journey....

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Africans in New York complain of Ebola stigma
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Members of the west African community in New York complained Wednesday that their children were being bullied at school and businesses were losing money because of hysteria over Ebola.

Panic has gripped many Americans since a Liberian citizen brought the killer virus into the country and died on October 8 of the disease in a Texas hospital. 
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Taman Negara lined-up as Unesco World Heritage Site
Thursday, October 30, 2014

JERANTUT - The government has applied to make Taman Negara as a Unesco World Heritage Site, the third after Mulu National Park and Kinabalu Park.

Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Datul Seri Dr James Dawos Mamit said the move was to ensure that the country's flora and fauna were conserved and protected.

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Indonesia president rapped over hardline defence minister
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Indonesia's reformist new president Joko Widodo has come under fire for appointing a hardline ex-general as defence minister, with activists saying Wednesday it marks a step backwards for human rights.Widodo, the country's first leader from outside the political and military elites, surprised observers by naming former army chief of staff, Ryamizard Ryacudu, to his cabinet at the weekend. ...

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Malaysia wants food security as main priority in international aid programme
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia believes it is essential for the international community to place food security as one of the main priorities in the international aid programme, said the country's Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), Datuk Hussein Haniff.

Through this programme, he said, developing countries would be able to attain the necessary substantial contribution to the enhancement of food security....

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Israeli military most powerful in Mideast, says study
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

JERUSALEM -- Israel's military is the most powerful in the Middle East, Xinhua news agency reports quoting a new study.The study commissioned by New York-based Business Insider news website showed Turkey and Saudi Arabia were ranked the second and third most powerful militaries in the region....

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Italy head of state to testify at Mafia trial
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano was set to give evidence Tuesday at a landmark trial in which state officials are accused of making a secret deal with the Mafia in the 1990s.
 
The 89-year-old head of state, who is not accused of playing a role in the deal, will be taking the stand as prosecutors attempt to unearth fresh evidence on mob bombings two decades ago which killed 21 people including top anti-Mafia judges....

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Palestinian fury as Israel unveils Jerusalem building plans
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

JERUSALEM -- October 28, 2014: Israel pledged yesterday to build more than 1,000 new settler homes in Arab east Jerusalem, in a move the Palestinians warned was likely to trigger an explosion of violence.
 
The announcement by the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu angered the Palestinians who said it would inflame tensions in the eastern sector of the city which has been plagued by almost daily clashes for the past four months....

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Alibaba's Jack Ma tops China rich list
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Jack Ma, founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, is China's richest person with a fortune of nearly $20 billion, as billionaires increase despite a slowdown in the country's economy, Forbes magazine said Tuesday.
 
The number of Chinese billionaires surged to 242 this year from 168 in 2013, Forbes said in its annual "China Rich List", which ranks the wealthy.
 
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Nobel peace laureates press Obama on torture
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Twelve Nobel Peace Prize laureates are urging President Barack Obama to disclose the CIA's use of torture on terror suspects since the attacks of September 11, 2001.
 
The potential release of a long-delayed Senate report about this "dark period" of American history has brought the country to a "crossroads," the Nobel laureates wrote in an open letter to Obama posted on the website TheCommunity.com....

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