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Chinese influence in Cambodia grows with army school, aid

Chinese influence in Cambodia grows with army school, aid

(Reuters) - When Defense Minister Tea Banh addressed graduates last month at Cambodia's prestigious Army Institute, he directed his thanks to the guests who made it all possible: a group of crisply dressed officers from China's People's Liberation Army (PLA). The institute,...

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Second blogger hacked to death this year in Bangladesh

Second blogger hacked to death this year in Bangladesh

(Reuters) - A blogger was hacked to death by machete-wielding assailants in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka on Monday, the second attack in five weeks on a critic of religious extremism in the Muslim-majority South Asian nation. Washikur Rahman, a secular blogger, was attacked by...

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U.S. drone strike kills nine Pakistani Taliban in Afghanistan

U.S. drone strike kills nine Pakistani Taliban in Afghanistan

(Reuters) - A U.S. drone strike killed at least nine Pakistani militants in Afghanistan 's Nangarhar province early Tuesday, intelligence officials said, part of an intensifying drone campaign against Pakistani militants in Afghanistan. Tuesday's drone strike was near the site...

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Masked gunmen kill 13 Afghans in third bus attack in a month

Masked gunmen kill 13 Afghans in third bus attack in a month

(Reuters) - Masked gunmen attacked a bus about an hour's drive from the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday and opened fire on all its passengers killing 13 people, local officials said. It is the third time unknown gunmen have targeted bus passengers over the past month. The...

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 Japan says three citizens killed in Tunisia attack, not five

Japan says three citizens killed in Tunisia attack, not five

(Reuters) - Three Japanese citizens were killed in an attack on Tunisia 's national museum and not five as Tunisia said, Japanese government officials said on Thursday. Earlier, Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid said five Japanese were among 19 people killed when gunman...

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Twin blasts at churches in Pakistan kill 14, wound 78

Twin blasts at churches in Pakistan kill 14, wound 78

(Reuters) - Bombs outside two churches in the Pakistani city of Lahore killed 14 people and wounded nearly 80 during Sunday services, and witnesses said quick action by a security guard prevented many more deaths. A Pakistani Taliban splinter group claimed responsibility. The blasts...

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U.S. declares Venezuela a national security threat, sanctions top officials

U.S. declares Venezuela a national security threat, sanctions top officials

(Reuters) - The United States declared Venezuela a national security threat on Monday and ordered sanctions against seven officials from the oil-rich country in the worst bilateral diplomatic dispute since socialist President Nicolas Maduro took office in 2013. U.S. President...

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US envoy to South Korea injured by armed attacker

US envoy to South Korea injured by armed attacker

The U.S. ambassador to South Korea was seriously injured Thursday morning in an attack by an armed assailant, according to local media. National news agency Yonhap cited official sources as saying Mark Lippert was headed to a lecture in the center of the capital Seoul when...

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Obama hopes for U.S. embassy in Cuba before April summit in Panama

Obama hopes for U.S. embassy in Cuba before April summit in Panama

(Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday he hopes the United States will open an embassy in Cuba by the time of a Western Hemisphere summit in Panama in mid-April. In an interview with Reuters, Obama also cautioned that it will take more time to fully establish...

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Ukraine truce appears to take hold; currency trading banned

Ukraine truce appears to take hold; currency trading banned

(Reuters) - A long-awaited truce appeared to be taking hold at last in east  Ukraine  on Wednesday as pro-Russian rebels pulled artillery from the front, but the news did nothing to halt a currency collapse that forced the central bank to ban most trading. The Ukrainian...

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Boko Haram mine kills two soldiers in southeast Niger: ministry

Boko Haram mine kills two soldiers in southeast Niger: ministry

A mine planted by Islamist militant group Boko Haram killed at least two soldiers on Tuesday in the town of Bosso in Niger's southeastern region of Diffa, Niger's defense ministry said. It was the first time Niger has accused the insurgents of planting a mine in recent fighting...

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'Birdman' soars to Oscar heights on best picture win

'Birdman' soars to Oscar heights on best picture win

(Reuters) - The dark comedy "Birdman" held up a mirror to Hollywood and its struggling actors and received in return the film industry's highest recognition on Sunday, the Academy Award for best picture. Director Alejandro G. Inarritu's story of a washed-up, former superhero...

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Somali minister dies as toll from hotel bombing rises

Somali minister dies as toll from hotel bombing rises

Death toll from a twin  suicide blast  on Friday that targeted a  hotel  in Mogadishu has risen to 12 people, including a minister and the two perpetrators, according to a security source. Seaports Minister Nur Hersi and Daljir Party chief...

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India's ailing air force at risk in tough neighborhood

India's ailing air force at risk in tough neighborhood

(Reuters) - India's air force risks a major capability gap opening up with China and Pakistan without new western warplanes or if local defense contractors can't produce what the military needs in a timely manner. A 2012 agreement to buy 126 Rafale fighters from France's Dassault...

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Afghan, Pakistan Taliban kill 28 in attacks on provincial police HQs

Afghan, Pakistan Taliban kill 28 in attacks on provincial police HQs

(Reuters) - Four suicide attackers on Tuesday stormed a provincial police headquarters in eastern Afghanistan , killing 22 police, an official said. Taliban insurgents immediately claimed responsibility. The attack in Logar province outside the capital, Kabul, was the latest to...

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 Danish police kill 22-year-old suspect after Copenhagen shootings

Danish police kill 22-year-old suspect after Copenhagen shootings

(Reuters) - Police shot dead a 22-year-old Danish-born gunman on Sunday after he killed two people at a Copenhagen synagogue and an event promoting free speech in actions possibly inspired by an attack on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, authorities said. Spy chief...

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Denmark sees possible 'Charlie Hebdo' motive behind Copenhagen attacks

Denmark sees possible 'Charlie Hebdo' motive behind Copenhagen attacks

(Reuters) - Police shot dead a gunman on Sunday whose attacks on a Copenhagen synagogue and an event promoting free speech may have been inspired an attack on French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo last month, authorities said. Denmark's spy chief Jens Madsen said the gunman...

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Three wounded in second Copenhagen shooting: police

Three wounded in second Copenhagen shooting: police

Copenhagen (AFP) - One person was shot in the head and two policemen were shot in the arm and leg in central Copenhagen, police said in a statement early Sunday. It was not confirmed if the incident was related to Saturday's deadly shooting at a cultural centre in Copenhagen where...

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