• Hostage taker at Moscow bank turns himself in

    A man who took four people hostage at a bank in central Moscow late Wednesday has surrendered to police, local authorities said. Russian special forces were deployed to the Citibank branch, located just one kilometre (mile) away from the Kremlin, after reports that a man had seized four hostages --

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  • North Korea test-fires sub-launched missile close to Japan

    North Korea on Wednesday test-fired a submarine-launched missile 500 kilometres (around 300 miles) towards Japan, marking what weapons analysts called a clear step forward for its nuclear strike ambitions. The flight distance, which was tracked by South Korea's military Joint Chiefs of Staff, far

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  • Top US medical group blasts EpiPen's 'exorbitant' costs

    The American Medical Association urged the maker of the EpiPen, a life-saving device that counteracts severe allergies, to drop its price Wednesday as public outrage mounted over a soaring cost hike. Mylan Pharmaceuticals has come under fire for raising the price of epinephrine injectors from $100 to

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  • Killer quake brings carnage to Italy mountain resorts

    A powerful earthquake shook central Italy on Wednesday, leaving at least 120 people dead and a trail of destruction across several mountain villages packed with holidaymakers. With 368 people injured, some critically, and an unknown number trapped under rubble, the death toll from the pre-dawn quake

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  • Militants storm American University in Kabul

    Explosions and gunfire rang out as militants stormed the elite American University of Afghanistan in Kabul Wednesday, prompting desperate calls for help from students trapped inside classrooms, in the latest attack in the Afghan capital. At least one person was killed and 26 others were wounded in the

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  • Syria rebels backed by Turkey tanks 'seize' IS-held town

    Turkish tanks and hundreds of opposition fighters thrust deep inside Syrian territory Wednesday in a lightning operation that within hours ousted Islamic State jihadists from a key Syrian border town. The air and ground offensive -- the most ambitious launched by Ankara in the Syria conflict -- made

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  • Biden says US understands 'intense feeling' in Turkey over Gulen after coup

    US Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that he understood the "intense feeling" in Turkey over the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen whom Ankara accuses of masterminding the July 15 failed coup and wants to see extradited. Biden's one-day trip to Ankara was largely aimed at repairing

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  • Israel jazz fest trumpets local talent against jihadist backdrop

    A jazz festival within rocket range of jihadist fighters might sound offbeat but organisers of Israel's Red Sea Jazz Festival are confident no missiles will rain on their parade. For the first time in its 30-year existence, the four-day event, starting Saturday in the seaside resort of Eilat, will

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  • Colombia poised for 'historic' peace announcement

    Colombia's government and FARC rebels are expected to make what President Juan Manuel Santos called a "historic" announcement Wednesday on a peace deal to end their half-century civil war. Sources close to the peace negotiations said there would be a major announcement in Cuba, where the

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  • Habitable planet found in solar system next door

    Scientists Wednesday announced the discovery of an Earth-sized planet orbiting the star nearest our Sun, opening up the glittering prospect of a habitable world that may one day be explored by robots. "We have finally succeeded in showing that a small-mass planet, most likely rocky, is orbiting

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  • French schools boost anti-terror defences

    Thousands of police reservists will patrol outside French schools next week as children return to the classroom after a summer overshadowed by two jihadist attacks, the government announced Tuesday. Over 3,000 reservists have been called up to help keep watch outside the country's 64,000 primary

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  • Russia jails leader of banned nationalist group

    A Russian court on Wednesday sentenced ultranationalist politician Alexander Belov, a former leader of a banned anti-immigration movement, to seven and a half years in prison for extremism and money laundering. Belov was formerly coordinator of the populist Movement Against Illegal Immigrants, or DPNI

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  • Powerful quake hits Myanmar, damaging famed Bagan temples

    A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Myanmar Wednesday, killing at least three people and damaging some 60 pagodas in the famous ancient city of Bagan, officials said. The quake, which the US Geological Survey said hit at a depth of 84 kilometres (52 miles), was also felt across neighbouring

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  • UN chief says N.Korea missile launch 'deeply troubling'

    North Korea's test-firing of a missile from a submarine towards Japan is "deeply troubling" and undermines stability on the Korean peninsula, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday. The UN Security Council scheduled urgent consultations on the latest test-firing, at the request

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  • European equities mainly rise on German GDP

    European stock markets made limited gains Wednesday after a downbeat session in Asia, with sentiment partly lifted by German economic growth data. Strong foreign trade and buoyant consumption drove Germany's economy, Europe's largest, to better-than-expected growth in the second quarter, federal

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  • Israeli army closes file on 2014 Gaza school shelling

    The Israeli army said Wednesday it has closed its files on several allegations of military misconduct during the 2014 Gaza war but others are still under investigation. Among the cases where no wrongdoing was found, it said in a 21-page report, was the shelling of a United Nations school in the southern

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  • UN has 'high expectations' as Cyprus talks enter decisive phase

    The United Nations said Wednesday it holds "high expectations" of Cyprus peace talks which have entered a new intensified phase of negotiations aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island. Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart Mustafa Akinci launched

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  • France warning as burkini furore heats up

    French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve warned Wednesday against stigmatising Muslims, as a furore over the banning of burkinis grew with the emergence of pictures showing police surrounding a veiled woman on a beach. Speaking after a meeting with the head of the French Council of the Muslim Faith

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  • Philippines' Duterte: UN pull-out threat a 'joke'

    President Rodrigo Duterte says his threat to pull the Philippines out of the United Nations for criticising his deadly crime war was just a "joke".

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  • Top ETA figure barred from running in Spain's Basque election

    A prominent former ETA member credited with helping to move the armed Basque separatist group away from violence was barred Wednesday from running in Spanish regional elections next month. A Spanish electoral commission declared Arnaldo Otegi "unelectable" over a previous conviction on terrorism

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  • Muslim women say burkini debate 'absurd'

    Before Wendy bought her first burkini this summer, the 22-year-old French Muslim convert would dress up in leggings, a tennis skirt and a T-shirt to enjoy days at the beach. "I usually wear a normal headscarf, I don't hide my face. The law student from the northern city of Lille is one of

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  • Ukraine marks 25th independence day with show of military force

    Tanks rumble across Kiev as Ukraine marks 25 years of independence with a show of force against an increasingly assertive Russia and a war simmering in the pro-Kremlin separatist east.

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  • German ex-president Scheel, 'Ostpolitik pioneer' dies aged 97

    Former West German president Walter Scheel, who helped pave the way for his country's rapprochement with the communist East, died on Wednesday aged 97, his party's spokesman said. Scheel, who led the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP), served as foreign minister in Willy Brandt's centre-left

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  • TABLE-INDONESIA KPB NUSANTARA PALM OIL PRICES - Aug 24

    Aug 23 (Reuters) - Following are Indonesian prices for crude palm oil (CPO) quoted at an auction by PT KPB Nusantara (formerly known as the state marketing centre) on Monday. Buyer Volume Price Terms (tonnes) ...

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  • RUBBER-Tokyo futures prices after evening session Aug 24

    Following are prices for Tokyo rubber futures at the end of the Tokyo market's evening session on Aug 2016. Contract Day Volume Evening Volume * Aug 162.5 26 157.6 4 * Sep 160.2 33 158.5 1 * Oct 160.0 ...

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