• Pressure mounts on Indonesia to call off looming executions

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  • Ex-premier Abhisit turns on Thai junta's draft charter

    A former prime minister whose party supported Thailand's last coup lambasted the junta's new constitution on Wednesday before a referendum on it, a rare blow to the army from within its own political camp. The junta says the new document is crucial to tackling corruption and ending a decade

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  • Massive bomb attack kills 44 in Syrian Kurdish city

    At least 44 people were killed and dozens injured on Wednesday in the deadliest bomb blast to hit the Kurdish-majority Syrian city of Qamishli since the country's war began. Syrian state media gave a toll of 44 dead and 140 injured in the bomb attack, which hit a western district of the city where

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  • Britain says 'in position of economic strength' for Brexit talks

    Britain will enter EU exit talks in a strong position, finance minister Philip Hammond declared Wednesday, after data revealed economic growth unexpectedly accelerated in the run-up to the Brexit referendum. Gross domestic product (GDP) grew 0.6 percent in the second quarter, the Office for National

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  • VEGOILS-Palm gains on improved rival oils, weaker ringgit

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  • Obama steps up to bat for ex-rival Clinton

    President Barack Obama steps onto the Democratic convention stage Wednesday to champion former political foe Hillary Clinton, defend his own legacy and bury Donald Trump's chances of reaching the White House. Obama will address the penultimate night of the party convention in Philadelphia, making

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  • Japan PM unveils $266 bn stimulus plan to boost economy

    Japan's government Wednesday announced a stimulus package worth more than 28 trillion yen ($266 billion) in its latest attempt to fire up the lukewarm economy, with the central bank expected to unveil its own measures this week. Policymakers are under pressure to boost growth as Prime Minister Shinzo

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  • Goodbye Philae: Earth severs link with silent comet probe

    Ground controllers bid a final farewell Wednesday to robot lab Philae, cutting communications after a year-long silence with the tiny probe hurtling through space on the surface of a comet. "Today communication with Philae was stopped," Andreas Schuetz of German space agency DLR told AFP from

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  • RUBBER-Tokyo futures prices after evening session Jul 27

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  • Japan knife attacker grins before cameras after killing spree

    A Japanese man who admitted murdering 19 people at a centre for the mentally disabled grinned at news cameras Wednesday before being questioned about the country's worst killing spree in decades. With a blue jacket draped over his head, Satoshi Uematsu was escorted out of a police station into a

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  • Bankers 'bete noire' to lead Brexit talks

    Veteran French politician and former EU commissioner Michel Barnier was named Wednesday to lead Brexit talks with London where he was the "bete noire" of free-wheeling bankers hostile to his bonus curbs and tighter regulations. European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said Barnier was

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  • Nissan profit skids on yen rally

    Nissan on Wednesday blamed a surge in the yen and struggles in its home market for the first decline in April-June net profit in four years. The Japanese automaker said net profit in the quarter was down nearly 11 percent to 136.4 billion ($1.3 billion), while operating profit and revenue also slid

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  • Turkey issues warrants for 47 ex-staff of Zaman newspaper

    Turkey issued arrest warrants Wednesday for 47 former staff of the Zaman newspaper, an official said, in a growing crackdown on citizens suspected of links to alleged coup mastermind Fethullah Gulen. The official, declining to be named, said the swoop covers "executives and some staff including

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  • Armenia medics 'taken hostage' as gunmen standoff drags on

    Pro-opposition gunmen locked in a protracted standoff with police in the Armenian capital Yerevan on Wednesday have taken four medics hostage, officials say, after a shootout left five people wounded. Police said the medics were held after entering a police compound seized by the assailants 10 days

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  • France aims to ease religious fears after church attack

    President Francois Hollande sought Wednesday to head off divisions between France's religious communities after the jihadist-claimed murder of a Catholic priest in his church, as calls mounted for tougher security measures. Hollande gathered top religious leaders at his Elysee Palace offices, as

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  • Asia stocks stutter but Tokyo soars on stimulus

    Japanese and European shares soared Wednesday after Tokyo launched a massive stimulus package to kickstart the economy, but other Asian markets were more subdued as the Federal Reserve wraps up a key policy meeting. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled the 28 trillion yen ($266 billion) programme days

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  • UK drugs giant GSK invests £275 mn despite Brexit

    The investment -- worth $361 million or 328 million euros -- will be ploughed into facilities in Barnard Castle in northeastern England, Ware in the southeast, and Montrose in Scotland, GSK said in a statement. GSK, which already employs 6,000 staff across its nine manufacturing plants in Britain, also

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  • Osram expects double-digit mln eur license payments for lamps unit sale

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  • Indonesia names controversial ex-general as security minister

    A controversial former military chief accused of atrocities during Indonesia's brutal occupation of East Timor was appointed top security minister Wednesday, with activists calling it a step backwards for human rights. Wiranto, named to the powerful post in a cabinet reshuffle, was among senior

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  • Fitch Downgrades 7 Asian Insurers After Sovereigns Criteria Review

    (The following statement was released by the rating agency) SINGAPORE/HONG KONG, July 27 (Fitch) Fitch Ratings has downgraded the Insurer Financial Strength (IFS) ratings of seven insurance companies in ...

  • Bangladesh hunts escaped extremist as it probes IS links

    Bangladesh on Wednesday launched a hunt for the survivor of a police raid on an extremist hideout which killed nine suspected Islamists who claimed to belong to the Islamic State group. Investigators hope the escaped extremist and another man who was arrested during a major gunfight in Dhaka Tuesday

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  • Suicide bomber was former Somali MP: Shabaab

    A former Somali MP who joined the Shabaab group in 2010 was one of two suicide bombers who killed 13 people near a United Nations and African Union base, the militants announced Wednesday. Car bombs driven by suicide attackers exploded on Tuesday morning near Mogadishu's airport, one of which went

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  • Hooded teen speaks as Australia juvenile abuse anger mounts

    A teenage boy shown hooded and shackled in images from a juvenile detention centre that shocked Australia has apologised for his crimes as anger mounted over the scandal Wednesday. The treatment of Dylan Voller has become the focus of outrage after graphic evidence was broadcast of prison guards assaulting

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  • Malaysia Airlines orders Boeing 737 MAX jets in $5.5 bln deal

    Malaysia Airlines said on Wednesday it had ordered 50 Boeing 737 MAX jets, with firm orders for 25 and rights to purchase 25 more. Airlines typically receive a discount off the list prices. The 737 Max is the re-engined and upgraded variant of Boeing's popular narrowbody model.



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