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118 journalists killed in 2014: watchdog

118 journalists killed in 2014: watchdog

 One hundred and eighteen journalists and media staff were killed around the world in 2014, with Pakistan and Syria the deadliest countries, the International Federation of Journalists said Wednesday. The IFJ said those killed, 13 more than in 2013, were either targeted for their work or...

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  Death toll rises to 53 in tropical storm in Philippines

Death toll rises to 53 in tropical storm in Philippines

The death toll from floods and landslides triggered by Tropical Storm Seniang has risen to at least 53 in the Philippines, officials said Wednesday. The storm, also known as Jangmi, brought heavy rains to southern Mindanao island Monday, where floods destroyed bridges...

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Ebola cases hit 20,000, death toll nears 8,000: WHO

Ebola cases hit 20,000, death toll nears 8,000: WHO

More than 20,000 people have been infected by the deadly Ebola virus in the three worst-affected West African countries as the death toll nears 8,000, the World Health Organization has announced in its latest update on the disease.  The UN health...

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  NATO ends its 13-year combat mission in Afghanistan

NATO ends its 13-year combat mission in Afghanistan

The NATO- led International Security Assistance Force ended its 13-year combat mission in Afghanistan on Sunday. From Jan. 1, 2015, the mission will evolve into training and advising the nascent Afghan security forces. The 13,000 foreign troops for...

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AirAsia flight goes missing over Indonesian waters

AirAsia flight goes missing over Indonesian waters

Search operations have been suspended for the night for an AirAsia plane that lost contact with air traffic control while headed from  Indonesia to Singapore with 162 people onboard. On Sunday evening, Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla -- who is leading the...

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Gunman kills two New York police officers in possible revenge attack

Gunman kills two New York police officers in possible revenge attack

(Reuters) - A gunman shot dead two New York City police officers and then killed himself, police said, after a social media post indicated he may having been seeking revenge for the death of an unarmed black man during an arrest attempt. The two New York City Police...

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Obama does not consider Sony hack an act of war: CNN interview

Obama does not consider Sony hack an act of war: CNN interview

(Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama does not consider the cyber attack on Sony Corp ( 6758.T ) to be an act of war, he said in an interview, remarks apparently aimed at limiting U.S. anger over the incident which Washington blames on North Korea. Obama and his advisers...

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Croatia may block Serbia’s EU bid over war crime probes

Croatia may block Serbia’s EU bid over war crime probes

Croatia may block Serbia's accession process with the European Union if Belgrade would not prosecute those accused for war crimes during the break up of Yugoslavia, Croatian foreign minister told The Anadolu Agency. " Croatia will apply, only and...

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Eight children found dead at Australian property

Eight children found dead at Australian property

Eight children ranging from babies to teenagers were found dead at a home in the Australian city of Cairns on Friday, police said, reportedly in a gruesome mass stabbing that comes just days after a deadly siege in Sydney. Prime Minister Tony Abbott called the Cairns tragedy...

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U.S., Cuba to restore ties after 50 years of hostility

U.S., Cuba to restore ties after 50 years of hostility

(Reuters) - The United States will restore diplomatic relations it severed with Cuba more than 50 years ago, a major policy shift ending decades of hostile ties with the communist-ruled island, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday. Announcing the end of what he called a "rigid"...

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Anger and grief as Pakistan buries students massacred at school

Anger and grief as Pakistan buries students massacred at school

(Reuters) - A shocked Pakistan on Wednesday began burying 132 students killed in a grisly attack on their school by Taliban militants that has heaped pressure on the government to do more to tackle the insurgency. People across the country lit candles and staged vigils as...

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Over 120 Pakistanis, mostly children, killed in Taliban high school attack

Over 120 Pakistanis, mostly children, killed in Taliban high school attack

(Reuters) - At least 126 people, most of them children, were killed on Tuesday when Taliban gunmen stormed a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, taking hundreds of students hostage in the bloodiest insurgent attack in the country in years. Troops surrounded the building...

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104 killed in Pakistan school siege

104 killed in Pakistan school siege

At least 104 students have been killed and scores more injured by gunmen in a siege on an army hospital in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar on Tuesday.   Perwaiz Khattakh, the chief minister for the state of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where Peshawar is located,...

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Police storm Sydney cafe to end hostage siege, three dead

Police storm Sydney cafe to end hostage siege, three dead

(Reuters) - Heavily armed Australian police stormed a Sydney cafe on Tuesday and freed a number of hostages being held there at gunpoint, in a dramatic end to a 16-hour siege in which three people were killed and four wounded. New South Wales police said two men, aged 34 and...

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Sydney siege: what is significance of Islamist flags held by gunman?

Sydney siege: what is significance of Islamist flags held by gunman?

Police have locked down the centre of Australia's biggest city after a gunman walked into a café in downtown Sydney, took hostages and forced them to display an Islamic flag. It is not yet known how many people are inside the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place, but...

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5 hostages escape from besieged Sydney cafe

5 hostages escape from besieged Sydney cafe

  Five hostages have escaped from a Sydney cafe besieged by a gunman during Monday morning rush hour, according to local media. The remaining hostages – who include men and women but no children -- are being ordered to stand with their hands against the windows in...

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Al-Shabaab attacks AMISOM base in Somalia

Al-Shabaab attacks AMISOM base in Somalia

A military base of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) was attacked on Sunday by suspected militants from the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab movement. "An AMISOM base was attacked by several mortar shells tonight," Col. Mohamed Maalin, a Somalia Police Force member, told...

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Gunmen kill 12 mine clearers in Afghanistan

Gunmen kill 12 mine clearers in Afghanistan

Suspected Taliban militants shot dead 12 anti-landmine workers in  Afghanistan ’s southern Helmand province Saturday, Afghan police said. According to provincial police spokesman Farid Ahmad Obaid,  suspected Taliban riding motorbikes opened fire on the workers...

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