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Sri Lankan asylum seekers to be taken to Australia

A group of Sri Lankan asylum seekers that has been languishing on board an Australian customs vessel for weeks will temporarily be brought to Australia's mainland and may be sent to India, Australia's government said Friday, following a court challenge and outrage from human rights groups.

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Thu Jul 24, 2014

KABC-AM Los Angeles

US Says Russian Military Has Fired Artillery into Ukraine

Russian military forces have fired artillery rounds into eastern Ukraine to target Ukrainian military positions, and plans to send even more heavy multiple rocket launchers to Russian separatists, U.S. officials said for the first time Thursday.

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Korea Herald

More MH17 bodies return to Netherlands

Dozens more bodies from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are set to arrive in the Netherlands on Thursday, as the EU prepares to hit Russia with fresh sanctions.

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Suria

Motorbike bomb kills six civilians in...

A suicide bomber detonated an explosive-packed motorcycle in northern Afghanistan Thursday, killing six civilians and wounding more than 20 in a crowded market as shoppers bought supplies for the upcoming festival of Eid-ul-Fitr, officials said.

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Related Topix: World News, Afghanistan, Life, Holidays, Eid ul-Fitr, Hamid Karzai,

Fox News

Chairman of US meat supplier apologizes for Chinese subsidiary's role in scandal

The chairman of an American meat supplier apologized Thursday for a Chinese subsidiary that is accused of selling expired beef and chicken to restaurants including McDonald's and KFC.

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Related Topix: World News, China, Restaurant Management, Mcdonalds, Life, Fast Food, Aurora, IL

Cybercast News Service

2 Finnish aid workers killed in Afghanistan

Sami Wafa, the chief of staff of the Herat governor, said the two women were riding in a taxi on Thursday when they were shot dead by two men on a motorcycle.

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In-depth Africa

India train hits school bus, at least 11 children dead

A passenger train rammed into a school bus in southern India on Thursday killing at least 11 children, with fears the death toll could rise further, officials said.

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Wed Jul 23, 2014

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Remembering James Garner a " Hollywooda s a reluctant heroa

In the era of Justin Bieber and Shia LaBeouf, it's easy for an angry old man sitting behind a computer keyboard to decry modern entertainers Which is why I say with certainty that our culture lost a great actor and a good man this weekend when James Garner died .

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Related Topix: Drama Movies, The Notebook, Celebrities, James Garner, Oklahoma, North Korea, World News

The News Tribune

Shock of ferry sinking slows South Korea economy

The Bank of Korea said Asia's fourth-largest economy grew 3.6 percent from a year earlier in the April-June quarter after expanding 3.9 percent in the first quarter.

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Reuters

India bids to reassert influence in Nepal with power pact

India is set to offer Nepal a landmark pact to help develop its huge hydro-electric power potential as the South Asian giant takes another step to re-assert influence among smaller neighbours where China has been forging closer ties.

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Related Topix: Nepal, World News, Nepali Congress

WCAX-TV Burlington

Meat supplier in China scandal has global reach

It isn't a household name, but the company that's at the center of a food scandal in China helps make some of the world's most popular foods, including the Big Macs and Quarter Pounders served at... It isn't a household name, but the company at the center of a food scandal in China helps make some of the world's most popular foods, including the ... (more)

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Judges in Afghanistan sentence police officer to death for shooting, killing AP ...

A Kabul court announced Wednesday that the Afghan police officer charged with killing Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran AP correspondent Kathy Gannon has been convicted and sentenced to death.

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Reuters

Beijing shuts big coal-fired power plant to ease smog: Xinhua

Beijing has closed the first of four large coal-fired power plants set to be de-commissioned as part of the city's efforts to cut air pollution, official news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday, citing the local planning agency.

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Tri-cityherald.com

Afghanistan criticizes Pakistan; policeman killed

Spokesman Hasib Sediqi of the National Directorate for Security says recent attacks in Afghanistan were planned in Pakistan, allegedly with the support of the Pakistani military's Inter-Services Intelligence agency, or ISI.

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Suria

China censors squash giant inflatable...

Chinese reports about a giant inflatable toad have been deleted from the Internet after social media users compared the puffed-up animal to a former Communist Party chief.

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Tue Jul 22, 2014

The Standard

Food supplier locked down after scandal

Local authorities in China have rushed to seal up suspicious meat products in fast food chains, including McDonald's and KFC, after one of their suppliers was accused of selling stale meat.

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The Washington Post

US: Russia 'created the conditions' for shoot-down

Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that Russia was responsible for "creating the conditions" that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian government involvement.

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Related Topix: World News, Russia, Vladimir Putin, US Politics, US News

The Olympian

Amid sanctions, France in warship sale to Russia

In this March 5, 2014 file photo, French-built warship BPC Vladivostock, designed to strengthen Russia's ability to deploy troops, tanks and helicopter gunships, leaves the Saint Nazaire's harbor, western France, for its test run on the open sea off coast of France.

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Related Topix: World News, Russia, France, Francois Hollande, Boat Disaster, NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)

The Town Talk

Typhoon nears Taiwan as death toll from Rammasun rises

The death toll from the strongest typhoon to hit China's south in decades was raised to 46 on Tuesday, increasing the overall toll to 151 people dead in three countries just before a second storm approaches land.

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Related Topix: Tornado, Hurricane, Natural Disasters, China, World News

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Chinese city 'sealed off' after plague death

A Chinese city has been sealed off and 151 people placed in quarantine since last week after a man died of bubonic plague, state media said.

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