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Southern rebels kill almost 50 Filipino commandos
Monday, January 26, 2015

MANILA -- January 26, 2015: More than 40 Philippine police commandos were killed in an 11-hour firefight with Muslim rebels which erupted while they were chasing one of the region's most wanted militants, police said Monday. The clash -- which broke out despite a peace pact with the main rebel group -- was "the single largest loss of life in recent memory by our security forces", said interior minister Manuel Roxas....

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Greece on a collision course over debts
Monday, January 26, 2015

ATHENS -- January 26, 2015: Greece awoke to a new era of defiant anti-austerity today after voters handed a decisive victory to radical left party Syriza, putting the country on a collision course with the EU and international creditors.
 
In a result that exceeded analysts' expectations, Syriza and its 40-year-old leader Alexis Tsipras won 149 seats in the 300-seat Greek...

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Anti-austerity Syriza on course to lead Greece
Monday, January 26, 2015

ATHENS -- January 26, 2015: Radical left-wing party Syriza appeared to be heading for a clear victory in Greece's  election yesterday, exit polls showed, which would allow it to challenge the course of austerity in Europe.
 
Syriza took between 35.5 per cent and 39.5 per cent of the vote, according to the polls, compared to between 23 per cent and 27 per cent for the conservative New Democracy party of incumbent Prime Minister Antonis Samaras....

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Yingluck decries death of Thai democracy
Friday, January 23, 2015

BANGKOK -- January 23, 2015: Embattled former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra decried the death of democracy in Thailand today after the junta-stacked parliament impeached her and prosecutors announced corruption charges that could see her jailed.
 
The successful impeachment of Yingluck, the kingdom's first female premier and the sister of former leader...

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Final report on MH17 ready after mid-year
Friday, January 23, 2015

DAVOS -- January 23, 2015: The final report on the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy is expected to be ready after the middle of this year.
 
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was informed of this yesterday at a bilateral meeting by his Netherlands' counterpart Mark Rutte.
 
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Saudi King Abdullah dies, Salman takes over
Friday, January 23, 2015

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz died on Friday and was replaced by Crown Prince Salman, the OPEC-kingpin's royal court said in a statement.The late monarch's half brother Moqren was named crown prince, according to the statement.King Abdullah, believed to be around 90 years old, was hospitalised in December suffering from pneumonia and had been breathing with the aid of a tube....

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Bodies found in seats near AirAsia fuselage
Thursday, January 22, 2015

PANGKALAN BUN -- January 22, 2015: Indonesian divers today recovered six bodies, some still belted into their seats, near the main section of an AirAsia plane that crashed into the Java Sea last month, but failed again to reach the fuselage. Flight QZ8501 went down on December 28 in stormy weather with 162 people on board as it flew from  Surabaya to Singapore....

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AirAsia jet's alarms screaming before crash
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

JAKARTA -- January 21, 2015: Warning alarms in AirAsia flight QZ8501 were screaming as the pilots desperately tried to stabilise the plane just before it plunged into the Java Sea last month, a crash investigator said today. The noise of several alarms -- including one that indicated the plane was stalling -- can be heard going off in recordings from the black box in the Airbus A320-200's cockpit, the investigator told AFP, requesting anonymity....

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British inquiry into Iraq war delayed
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

LONDON -- January 21, 2015: A long-awaited public inquiry into Britain's role in the Iraq war will not be published until after an election in May, it was reported Wednesday, sparking criticism of the delay.Dubbed the Chilcot Inquiry after its chairman John Chilcot, the probe was announced in 2009 to investigate the justification and conduct of the six-year conflict, and was intially expected to be released in 2010....

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AirAsia probe centres on human error, damage
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

JAKARTA -- January 20, 2015: Investigators examining the cockpit voice recorder of a crashed AirAsia jet said today they were considering whether human error or problems with the plane caused the accident, after ruling out terrorism. Flight QZ8501 went down in the Java Sea on December 28 in stormy weather with 162 people on board, during what was supposed to be a short trip from Surabaya to Singapore....

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