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Thai military sees role in ensuring ‘fair’ election

Thailand’s military offered on Sunday to help the politically polarised country hold a ‘fair and clean’ election next year, suggesting the armed forces may play a role in a vote aimed at ending protests seeking to topple the government. Full story

5,000 evacuated from Gaza ‘disaster area’ floods

Palestinian civil defense volunteers help people to travel across flood waters in Gaza City following rain storms for the past few days, on Saturday. — AFP photo
More than 5,000 people have been evacuated from flood-damaged homes in northern Gaza and at least one person killed in what the United Nations called ‘a disaster area’. The flooding, caused by four days of torrential rain, was so severe that many... Full story

Al-Qaeda more dangerous than ever

More than two and a half years after US commandos shot dead al-Qaeda figurehead Osama bin Laden, the global extremist network is more dangerous than ever, American experts and counterterrorism officials warned this week. Full story

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Modi issues warning ahead of elections

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India’s opposition candidate for premier Narendra Modi predicted Sunday that voters would soon ‘root out the corrupt’ ruling Congress party nationwide, after state poll victories for his party this month. Modi, a popular but divisive figure, struck a triumphant... Full story

Poll shows half of ANC want Zuma to resign

As South Africa̢۪s democracy icon Nelson Mandela was being laid to rest on Sunday, an opinion poll showed his political heir Jacob Zuma losing support over claims of self-enrichment. Full story

China makes history with Jade Rabbit moon rover landing

China̢۪s Jade Rabbit lunar rover vehicle drove onto the moon̢۪s surface on Sunday after the first soft landing on Earth̢۪s satellite in nearly four decades, marking a huge advance in the country̢۪s ambitious space programme. Full story

Cambodia opposition rallies in capital, urges PM to step down

Supporters of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) shout slogans during a demonstration at the Democracy Park in Phnom Penh on  Sunday. — AFP photo
Thousands of supporters of Cambodia̢۪s opposition rallied on Sunday, vowing to keep protesting until long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen steps down or calls an election. The Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), the amalgamation of... Full story

Japanese diplomat stabbed in Yemen kidnap bid

Armed men stabbed a Japanediplomat se in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Sunday when he resisted a kidnapping attempt in front of his house, a security source said. It was the latest in a spate of attacks on foreigners... Full story

14 children, 8 others killed in air raids on Aleppo

At least 22 people, including 14 children, were killed in regime air raids on rebel districts of the northern city of Aleppo on Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Full story

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Storm brings snowfalls to US Midwest, Northeast

People play in the snow in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Saturday. — Reuters photo
Another round of wintry weather battered the US Midwest and East Coast on Saturday as a massive storm spanning more than 1,000 miles dumped heavy snow, snarling air traffic and making roads treacherous. Airlines reported weather-related... Full story

Iran will continue N-talks: minister

Iran̢۪s foreign minister said on Sunday his country will continue nuclear negotiations with world powers, even after pulling out of expert-level talks to protest the US targeting companies it says evaded current sanctions. Full story

Ukrainians mass for new anti-govt rally as EU halts trade deal

Thousands massed on Sunday for a rally against the president, Viktor Yanukovich, just days before he heads for a meeting at the Kremlin which the opposition fears will slam the door on integration with the European mainstream. Full story

Pope Francis says he is no Marxist

Pope Francis said he knew a lot of ‘good’ Marxists but was no communist himself, following criticism of his diatribes against unfettered capitalism from conservative commentators in the United States. Full story

Biden calls for immigration fix

The vice president, Joe Biden, says Congress has a moral and economic imperative to offer a pathway to citizenship for 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally. Many of them, he says, ‘are already Americans... Full story


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