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Britons mourn Henning, call him national hero
Sunday, October 5, 2014

LONDON -- October 4, 2014: Britain united in revulsion today at the beheading of aid worker Alan Henning claimed by Islamic State jihadists, as the imam at his home city's main mosque hailed a local and national hero.
 
Prime Minister David Cameron led tributes to the 47-year-old taxi driver who had travelled to Syria to deliver aid and whose murder was claimed by the IS group in a graphic video released late yesterday....

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ESSCOM to set up smuggling prevention committee
Saturday, October 4, 2014

KOTA KINABALU, Oct 4 -- The Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) will set up a committee to coordinate the operations of enforcement agencies in curbing cross border smuggling in the ESSZone.

Its public director Ruji Ubi said it was a new element following the restructuring of ESSCOM which saw two components, the Security and Management component and Enforcement and Public Action component being introduced....

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Thai police say Myanmar men confess to murder of British tourists
Friday, October 3, 2014

Thai police said Friday that two men from Myanmar had admitted to killing a pair of British holidaymakers whose battered bodies were found on a resort island last month.
 
"Two Myanmar suspects have confessed to killing the pair," Thai National police chief Somyot Poompanmoung told AFP, adding their DNA matched traces found at the crime scene on Koh Tao island where David Miller, 24, and Hannah Witheridge, 23, were found dead on September 15....

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Beijing warns of chaos in Hong Kong, backs leader
Thursday, October 2, 2014

BEIJING -- October 2, 2014: Beijing has pledged its support for Hong Kong's embattled leader CY Leung and warned that ongoing pro-democracy protests could push the city into chaos, state media said today. "The central government will continue to firmly and unshakably support legal measures and policies taken by administration leader CY Leung and the police of the special territory in handling these illegal protests according to the law," a front-page editorial said....

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Russia scraps US exchange scheme after teen was put in gay couple's care
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Russia has pulled out of a long-running US-funded student exchange programme, accusing the organisers of letting a teenager stay behind in the United States in the care of a gay couple.
 
Moscow's decision to pull the plug on the largest Russia-US high school exchange programme comes amid a showdown with the United States over Ukraine which has also seen President Vladimir Putin try to curb the spread of Western values....

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Whiff of betrayal stalks Britain's Conservative Party
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BIRMINGHAM -- October 1, 2014: Talk of treason cast a shadow over Britain's Conservative party conference this week, where gossip raged over who might be next to defect to the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP).
 
Delegates debated the menace at a seminar on "Tackling UKIP" while two activists drew attention with T-shirts about UKIP leader Nigel Farage that read: "Nigel. He may have a point"....

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Philippine police chief has suspicious wealth
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

MANILA -- October 1, 2014: The Philippines' police chief faced calls today to resign after admitting he accepted gifts and favours worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, but he insisted they were not bribes.
 
Police Director-General Alan Purisima was also under intense scrutiny for assets seemingly far beyond his modest salary of 107,000 ($2,380) a month, including four houses, a condominium and a luxury four-wheel drive....

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Japan's 'shinkansen' bullet train marks 50th birthday
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Japan's "shinkansen" train, which led the world in super-fast rail transport technology, celebrated its 50th birthday Wednesday with ceremonies hailing its contribution to the country's post-war economy and its safety record. A sleek, airplane-shaped N700A train left Platform 19 of Tokyo's central station at 6:00 am, exactly 50 years since the launch of the service along the Pacific industrial belt between the capital and the western megacity of Osaka....

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Australian spy agencies given greater powers
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Australia's intelligence agencies will have enhanced powers after tougher counter-terror legislation passed parliament on Wednesday, despite concerns the changes could hurt press freedom. The government argued the changes were needed to plug gaps in current law and equip agencies to deal with new potential threats, including from jihadists returning from Syria and Iraq. ...

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Japan volcano death toll hits 43
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Seven more bodies have been found by rescuers combing the peak of a Japanese volcano that erupted at the weekend, officials said Wednesday, taking the death toll to at least 43.
 
The seven are in addition to the 36 already known to have died when Mount Ontake burst angrily to life during the busy hiking season.
 
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