• Japan's Abe pledges $30 billion for Africa over next three years

    By George Obulutsa NAIROBI (Reuters) - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told African leaders on Saturday that his country will commit $30 billion in public and private support for infrastructure development on the continent. Resource-poor Japan has long been interested in tapping Africa's

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  • At least 16 dead in Moscow warehouse fire: ministry

    At least 16 migrant workers died in a fire that broke out at a Moscow warehouse on Saturday morning, Russian authorities said. "When the fire was being put out, a room that had been cut off by the flames was discovered," TASS news agency quoted the regional branch of the emergency ministry

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  • Tunisia's new government seeks stronger economy, security

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's Parliament has approved Youssef Chahed as prime minister along with a new government focused on boosting the economy and fighting terrorism.

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  • Malaysian students rally to demand prime minister's arrest

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian student activists led a rally Saturday to demand the arrest of Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has been implicated in a U.S. government probe into massive fraud in a Malaysian investment fund.

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  • The Latest: Number of Romanians killed in quake rises to 10

    ASCOLI PICENO, Italy (AP) — The Latest on the Italian earthquake (all times local):

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  • Flags at half mast as Italy mourns earthquake dead

    Italy held a tear-drenched funeral Saturday for dozens of its earthquake victims as the country observed a day of mourning over a disaster that killed nearly 300 people. President Sergio Mattarella, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and other leaders were among hundreds of mourners who sat solemnly behind

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  • We took to the streets for Malaysia, says #TangkapMO1 rally organiser

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 27 ― The students have taken to the streets today to defend Malaysia and its citizens from so-called unscrupulous leaders, the face of the #TangkapMO1 rally Anis Syafiqah Mohd...

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  • Colombia ceasefire 'will not stop govt fighting crime'

    Colombia's defense minister has insisted the historic ceasefire with FARC rebels will not end the country's commitment to fight crime, as a judge on Friday issued arrest warrants for leaders of another group also pushing for a peace deal. President Juan Manuel Santos ordered a definitive ceasefire

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  • Tears flow as Italy prepares state funeral for quake dead

    ASCOLI PICENO, Italy (AP) — A young man wept over a little girl's small white coffin, while a woman nearby gently stroked another white coffin ahead of a state funeral in Italy for some of the victims of the devastating earthquake that struck a central mountainous area this week.

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  • Italy grieves as state funeral held for victims of powerful quake

    Amongst the 35 coffins laid out in a sports hall were small caskets holding the bodies of an 18-month-old baby and a nine-year-old girl, two of the 21 children who are known to have died when the quake hit central Italy early on Wednesday. "What we need is a reconstruction in record time.

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  • Malaysian student protesters demand 1MDB arrest

    By Joseph Sipalan KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Nearly a thousand protesters marched in the heart of the Malaysian capital on Saturday calling for the arrest of an unnamed high-ranking government official who U.S. investigators say received $700 million skimmed from a sovereign fund. The lawsuits repeatedly

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  • French resorts defiant as top court suspends burkini ban

    French resorts were defiant after a ban on the burkini in a Riviera town was overturned, vowing to keep the restrictions in place and continue imposing fines on women who wear the full-body swimsuit. In a judgement expected to lead to bans being overturned in around 30 coastal towns, the State Council

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  • Bangladesh police kill "mastermind" of Dhaka cafe attack

    By Serajul Quadir DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh security forces killed three Islamist militants on Saturday including a Bangladesh-born Canadian citizen alleged to have masterminded an attack on a cafe in Dhaka last month in which 22 people, mostly foreigners, were killed, police said. The militants

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  • Taiwan Beauty & Skincare Dupes: Here’s Why You Should Switch Over

    In our last article related to the Taiwan Beauty Alliance, we discussed why Taiwan beauty products matter to us. Firstly, the brands innovate skincare products in mind of consumers with specific Asian skin qualities and needs. Secondly, the similarities between the two countries and their immediate environments.Singapore

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  • Bangladesh police kill 3, including suspect in Dhaka attack

    Police in Bangladesh killed three suspected militants Saturday, including an alleged mastermind of a major attack on a cafe last month that left 20 people dead. Police sharpshooters raided a two-story ...

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  • Japan PM pledges to invest $30 bn in Africa by 2018

    Japan will pour $30 billion (27 billion euros) in investment into Africa by 2018, including $10 billion in infrastructure development, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Saturday at a summit in Nairobi. "When combined with the investment from the private sector I expect the total real amount to

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  • Three Thai royal insult prisoners freed after pardon

    Three Thai women convicted of insulting the monarchy were released from jail Saturday after receiving royal pardons, a human rights lawyer said, following years spent behind bars for violating the draconian law. Thailand's lese majeste law is among the world's harshest, punishing any perceived

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  • #TangkapMO1 shifts venue after bringing traffic to standstill (VIDEO)

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 27 ― Several hundreds of #TangkapMO1 protesters shifted their gathering to the front of the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) headquarters near Dataran Merdeka today to let traffic...

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  • Man faces 2 capital murder charges in Mississippi nun deaths

    LEXINGTON, Miss. (AP) — A man suspected in the slayings of two Mississippi nuns who were found dead inside a residence within the community they served has been arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder, Mississippi authorities said.

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  • Turkey arrests three former diplomats over coup plot

    A Turkish court on Saturday placed under arrest three former top diplomats, including an advisor to ex-president Abdullah Gul, over links to the failed July 15 coup, state media said. An Ankara court remanded Gurcan Balik, Ali Findik and Tuncay Babali in custody ahead of trial over suspected links to

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  • Tunisia parliament approves new unity government

    The new unity government of Youssef Chahed won resounding support from parliament, approving a new cabinet line-up which must tackle the country's pressing socio-economic and security challenges. After a long day of debate, the country's legislature overwhelmingly approved Chahed's line

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  • S.Sudan wants big budget despite economy in ruins

    The government of South Sudan, whose economy has been ravaged by years of war, has adopted an ambitious budget for 2016-2017 of around one billion dollars, three times as big as the previous year's. "The purpose of this budget is to implement the peace agreement," Information Minister Michael

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  • US, Russia move closer to new Syria ceasefire after talks

    Washington and Moscow have made key steps towards agreeing a new ceasefire in Syria, but a final deal has not been reached, US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart said after talks Friday. Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made the comments after the marathon talks

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  • FDA recommends Zika testing for all blood donated in U.S

    By Julie Steenhuysen and Letitia Stein CHICAGO/TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended on Friday that all blood donated in the United States and its territories be tested for Zika virus, as it moves to prevent transmission of the virus through the blood supply. The

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  • Bangladesh police kill suspected cafe attack mastermind

    Bangladesh police stormed a militant hideout outside Dhaka Saturday, shooting dead three Islamist extremists, including the suspected mastermind of a horrific attack on a cafe that killed 22 mostly foreign hostages last month. The three bodies were retrieved after police staged an hour-long gun battle

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