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  • Seleka soldiers race through Bangui, Central African Republic, on Thursday as gunfire and mortar rounds erupt in the town. AP photo

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23 killed in Central African Republic clashes

Seleka soldiers race through Bangui, Central African Republic, on Thursday as gunfire and mortar rounds erupt in the town. AP photo
Gunfire echoed through the capital of Central African Republic on Thursday in the heaviest clashes there for months, hours before the UN was expected to authorise a French mission to curb escalating Muslim-Christian sectarian violence. Meanwhile, the president... Full story

NSA 'tracking' millions of mobiles worldwide

The National Security Agency gathers nearly 5 billion records a day on the location of mobile telephones worldwide, including those of some Americans, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing sources including documents... Full story

Vast undersea freshwater reserves discovered

Australian researchers said on Thursday they had established the existence of vast freshwater reserves trapped beneath the ocean floor which could sustain future generations as current sources dwindle. Full story

US seeks greater Myanmar military training

US president Barack Obama̢۪s administration said Wednesday it hoped to expand limited training for Myanmar̢۪s military but faced scepticism from lawmakers unimpressed by the pace of democratic reforms. Full story

Thai king appeals for stability after protests

Anti-government protesters wave national flags as they dance to music to celebrate Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej's birthday at Democracy Munument in Bangkok on Thursday. — AFP photo
Thailand’s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej urged the nation to work together for ‘stability’ in a speech Thursday on his 86th birthday, as protesters prepare for fresh anti-government rallies following a temporary lull in unrest. The kingdom remains... Full story

India expands nuclear weapons site: think tank

India has expanded a secretive site that could be used to enrich more uranium for nuclear weapons, a US think tank said Wednesday, citing satellite imagery. The Institute for Science and International Security, a private group opposed... Full story

Schools closed for smog in eastern China

Hazardous air pollution forced schools to shut or suspend outdoor activities in at least two cities in eastern China, where residents complained of the yellow skies and foul smells that are symptomatic of the country̢۪s crippling smog crisis. Full story

US assures Israel that core Iran sanctions still in place

The US secretary of state, John Kerry, assured the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, on Thursday that core sanctions against Iran would remain in place despite its interim nuclear deal with world powers. Full story

Iraqi journalist killed in Syria

A Syrian activist group and an international media watchdog say opposition fighters have killed an Iraqi freelance journalist in northern Syria. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Faysal al-Jumaili... Full story

Pakistani MPs protest against US drone strikes

More than 100 national and provincial legislators staged a protest on Thursday in the Pakistani capital Islamabad against US drone strikes on suspected militants in the country̢۪s tribal belt. Full story

11 killed Iraqi attacks

Gunmen and suicide bombers attacked a police intelligence headquarters and a nearby shopping mall in a coordinated attack in the northern city of Kirkuk late Wednesday, killing 11 people and wounding 70, police and medical sources said. Full story

Salman Khan to face new trial in 2002 case

Indian movie star Salman Khan will face a fresh trial on a homicide charge for a fatal road accident more than 11 years ago. The police say Khan drove his car into a group of people sleeping on a Mumbai sidewalk in... Full story

Tibetan father sets himself alight in China

A father-of-two set himself on fire in protest at Beijing̢۪s rule in Tibetan regions, triggering clashes and a security crackdown, a US broadcaster and an overseas pressure group said Thursday. Full story

1 killed in Scotland as storm hits Europe

Gale-force winds hit Scotland on Thursday, causing a fatal truck accident, halting all trains and leaving tens of thousands of homes without electricity as much of northwestern Europe braced for a storm that was expected to... Full story

44m now suffer from dementia worldwide

The number of people suffering from dementia has risen 22 per cent in the past three years, with 44 million people living with the disease worldwide, according to a study released on Thursday. Full story

Aussie FM expresses ‘regrets’ in Indonesia spy row

The Australian foreign minister, Julie Bishop, says her government regrets the hurt caused to Indonesia̢۪s president and its people by reports that Australia tapped his phone. Bishop̢۪s visit Thursday is the face-to-face meeting... Full story

Obama says he’s not allowed iPhone for ‘security reasons’

The troubled mobile phone maker BlackBerry still has at least one very loyal customer: the US president, Barack Obama. At a meeting with youth on Wednesday to promote his landmark healthcare law, Obama said he is not allowed... Full story


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