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    South Korean companies readied Thursday to pull out of a jointly run industrial zone in North Korea after Seoul shut it down to punish Kim Jong-Un's regime for its recent nuclear test and rocket launch. Wednesday's announcement to close Kaesong took many by surprise, given that South Korea had

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  • Pentagon chief seeks more help in anti-IS fight

    Pentagon chief Ashton Carter and dozens of defence ministers from the US-led coalition striking Islamic State jihadists meet in Brussels on Thursday to take stock of the difficult campaign. More than 18 months after the United States and the quickly assembled alliance began bombing IS targets, Carter

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  • US Senate votes for expanded sanctions on North Korea

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  • THE ASEAN DAILY- February 11

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  • With last flourish, veteran French politician Fabius bows out

    Veteran French politician Laurent Fabius bowed out of government Wednesday after a career spanning more than three decades that saw an early string of scandals but ended with him shepherding a complex climate deal as foreign minister. Fabius holds the distinction of being France's youngest-ever

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  • Erdogan lambasts US over support for Syrian Kurds

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday launched a bitter attack on NATO ally the United States over its support of Syrian Kurdish groups, saying it was creating a "pool of blood" in the region. In an impassioned and sometimes angry address, Erdogan asked whether the United States

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  • Yellen warns of rising risks to US economy

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  • Pope takes bridge-building mission to Mexico

    Prior to embarking on his long-planned February 12-17 tour of Mexico, the 79-year-old pontiff will stop over in Havana for a historic meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill. The son of Italian emigrants to Argentina, Francis was not under any pressure to go to Mexico,

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  • Clinton, Republicans regroup after New Hampshire drubbing

    Hillary Clinton and a gaggle of mainstream Republican presidential hopefuls turned their gaze southward Wednesday, hoping to move on from thumping New Hampshire primary defeats at the hands of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. Sanders and Trump -- two political outsiders with vastly different ideologies

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  • Zika research to be published rapidly, and free: statement

    Top research institutions, funders and publishers said Wednesday they would make all scientific findings on the Zika virus assailing Latin America available speedily, and free. A statement signed by the journals Nature, Science and The Lancet, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, France's Institut Pasteur

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  • Mangueira samba school wins Rio Carnival contest

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  • Qatar and Pakistan sign '$16 billion' gas deal

    Qatar signed a long-term deal with Pakistan on Wednesday to export liquefied natural gas, according to state media in the Gulf. The deal will see Qatar export up to 3.75 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas a year, according to Pakistan's petroleum minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. The Qatar News

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  • 58 die in Nigeria suicide bomb attacks

    Two female suicide bombers killed at least 58 at a camp for people made homeless by Boko Haram's Islamist insurgency in northeast Nigeria, emergency services said on Wednesday, in the latest violence to hit the remote region. The attack happened in Dikwa, some 90 kilometres (55 miles) from the Borno

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  • Former Hewlett-Packard boss Fiorina ends White House bid

    Republican Carly Fiorina, the outspoken former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard who argued she would be the sharpest challenger against Democrat Hillary Clinton for the presidency, ended her White House bid Wednesday. "While I suspend my candidacy today, I will continue to travel this country

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  • Big rise in sex offence complaints at Cologne carnival

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  • Fukushima chief confident new disaster won't threaten clean-up

    The chief of Japan's shuttered Fukushima nuclear power plant warned Wednesday that the biggest risk the crippled facility faces is another major earthquake and tsunami -- though insisted the chaos of nearly five years ago won't be repeated. On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 undersea earthquake

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  • IMF threatens to cut Ukraine aid over corruption

    The International Monetary Fund threatened to cut crucial financial aid to cash-strapped Ukraine Wednesday because of the country's "slow progress" in fighting corruption. "Without a substantial new effort to invigorate governance reforms and fight corruption, it is hard to see how

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  • Colombia's FARC vow to end use of child soldiers

    Colombia's FARC rebel force promised Wednesday to end recruitment of all child soldiers to its ranks, in a fresh bid to seal a peace deal ending a half-century conflict. At peace talks in Cuba, the leftist guerilla group had already pledged to stop recruiting fighters under 17, but the Colombian

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  • EU pushes Greece on migrant crisis

    The EU piled pressure on Greece on Wednesday over the migrant crisis, telling Athens to improve conditions for refugees to shore up its borders or risk a suspension of the bloc's passport-free zone. Brussels said Athens must treat asylum seekers better so that other overstretched European Union

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  • Concert hall at centre of Paris attacks to reopen late 2016

    The Bataclan concert hall in Paris, where 90 people were killed in the November jihadist attacks in the French capital, will undergo renovation and reopen its doors before the end of the year, the venue's owners announced Wednesday. "We will do our best to reopen the venue by the end of 2016

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  • France's post-attacks nationality conundrum

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  • French dancer fined for selfie with snoozing far-right Le Pen

    French dancer Brahim Zaibat, a former lover of Madonna, was fined one euro by a Paris court Wednesday for sneaking a selfie with far-right patriarch Jean-Marie Le Pen as he snoozed on an airplane. The picture features far-right National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, 87, his head back and mouth open

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  • Portugal's parliament overturns veto on gay adoption

    Portugal's parliament on Wednesday upheld a bill giving adoption rights to gay couples by overriding a veto handed down in one of the last political moves by the country's outgoing conservative president. Lawmakers from the ruling leftist alliance that toppled the conservative government in

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  • Brazil's Catholic Church rejects Zika abortion argument

    The Catholic Church in Brazil on Wednesday rejected calls supported by the United Nations to allow abortion in cases of the birth defect microcephaly. Abortion is restricted in Latin America's biggest country to cases of rape, where the fetus has no brain, or where the mother's life is in danger

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  • '500 dead' in Syria regime's Aleppo assault

    A Russian-backed regime onslaught in northern Syria was reported Wednesday to have killed more than 500 people this month, as Turkey faced new pressure to open its border to people fleeing the violence. World powers urged Russia to end its air strikes which a senior US official said were "directly

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  • Obama encourages political parties to compromise

    US President Barack Obama on Wednesday returned to Springfield, Illinois, where he first announced his White House bid. Nine years later, the president encouraged rival political parties to compromise in order to "live up to the people's expectations."

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  • Paul McCartney tries new sound - emojis

    The Beatles were masters of concise yet catchy songs and now Paul McCartney is writing tunes that are even more succinct -- to accompany emojis. The former Beatle announced Wednesday that he has written a series of sounds to go with emojis on video chat service Skype, mostly designed for Valentine'

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  • French MPs approve post-attacks constitution changes

    French lawmakers voted Wednesday in favour of measures to change the constitution following the November 13 jihadist attacks on Paris, but doubts remain as to whether the package will be fully adopted. The amendment, including a hotly contested measure to strip convicted terrorists of their French nationality

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  • Taiwan developer grilled over collapse of quake building

    Taiwan prosecutors Wednesday questioned the developer of an apartment complex that collapsed during an earthquake as prosecutors detailed flaws in the construction of the building where nearly 100 people remain trapped. Prosecutors in the southern city of Tainan launched an investigation into Saturday

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  • French ex-budget minister's tax fraud trial delayed

    The tax fraud trial of France's disgraced former budget minister Jerome Cahuzac was adjourned Wednesday to September 5 after his defence challenged the constitutionality of the case. The 63-year-old former rising star in the French Socialist Party, who stashed millions abroad while cracking down

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  • Script of new Potter play to be published after premiere

    The script of a new Harry Potter play is to be published following its world premiere in London in July, publishers announced Wednesday. "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" will officially open in the West End on July 30, while the script will come out on the following day. The play tells

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  • Italy arrests former prelate over 30 million euro fraud

    Italian police on Wednesday announced the arrest of a retired cleric suspected of having defrauded investors of 30 million euros ($34 million) which they were told would help fund a humanitarian foundation. Argentinian-born Patrizio Benvenuti, 64, former military chaplain in Italy who retired to the

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  • Johnny Depp stars in fake Trump biopic

    Donald Trump's outlandish campaign claims -- and hair -- are a regular gift to late-night comedy writers. The satirical website Funny or Die began streaming the faux documentary the morning after Trump's resounding victory Tuesday night placed him firmly back atop the Republican field of White

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  • Ugandan presidential contender Besigye rallies supporters (2)

    Supporters of Kizza Besigye, a strong contender in Uganda's presidential elections, throng the streets of Kampala to cheer on the man they hope will bring change to the country.

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  • Eagles to pay tribute to Glenn Frey at Grammys

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  • NATO sends 'clear signal' to Russia with eastern presence

    NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday said the alliance had approved plans for an increased presence in eastern member states alarmed by a more assertive Russia, sending a "clear signal" to any aggressors. Stung into action by the Russian intervention in Ukraine and shock 2014 annexation

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  • Tusk to hold EU talks on 'very fragile' Brexit deal

    EU president Donald Tusk said Wednesday he had cleared his schedule to hold urgent meetings with leaders including Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande to push for a deal to keep Britain in the bloc at a summit next week. The former Polish premier set out his proposals for a deal with British Prime Minister

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  • Italy best-seller Elena Ferrante's novels get TV adaptation

    Italian literary sensation Elena Ferrante's best-selling Neapolitan novels about female friendship are being adapted for television, with the author, who writes under a pseudonym, helping transform the books for the small screen. Television and film producer Wildside, currently producing the Paolo

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  • The traditional Xochimilcas fights take place in Mexico

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  • Serbia 'not cooperating' in arrests: UN war crimes tribunal

    War crimes judges on Wednesday piled pressure on Serbia to arrest three suspects over alleged witness-tampering in the case of an ultra-nationalist, accusing Belgrade of failing to cooperate with the UN tribunal. "It is clear to the chamber that Serbia is not cooperating in this matter," a

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  • Guatemala's Fire Volcano spews ash on nearby towns

    A restive volcano near Guatemala's capital spewed ash on nearby towns Wednesday, including on a colonial-era city popular with tourists, officials said. Strong gusts of wind could carry the clouds of "fine ash particles" to Guatemala City, 45 kilometers (30 miles) distant, said David de

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  • Fukushima boss says another disaster won't threaten clean-up

    The chief of Japan's shuttered Fukushima nuclear power plant says that the biggest risk the crippled facility faces is another major earthquake and tsunami but insists that the chaos of nearly five years ago won't be repeated.

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  • Champagne, cognac lead record French alcohol exports

    France notched record-breaking sales of wines and spirits in 2015, thanks mainly to robust exports of champagne and cognac, with 11.7 billion euros ($13.15 billion) flowing in. On the downside, France's place in the world market continued to slip in the face of cheaper, more aggressive rivals.

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  • Turkish PM slams 'hypocritical' calls to open borders

    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Wednesday slammed as "hypocritical" calls by some countries urging Ankara to open its borders to Syrian refugees while failing to demand Russia halts punishing air strikes. Turkey is under mounting pressure to open its border to people fleeing a Russian-backed

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  • Prosecutor demands life in prison for Chadian ex-dictator Habre

    The prosecution in the landmark trial of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre on Wednesday demanded he be jailed for life and stripped of all his assets. "Given the evidence against him, there are grounds for finding Hissene Habre guilty of the crimes of torture, crimes against humanity and war

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  • Middle East crises test donor support for Palestinians: UN

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  • Deutsche Bank shares soar on bond-buying rumours

    Shares in Deutsche Bank rocketed up more than 16 percent on the Frankfurt stock exchange on Wednesday, swept up by speculation Germany's biggest lender may launch a bond buyback to assuage concerns about its financial strength. Deutsche Bank shares -- which fell heavily earlier this week in line

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  • Qatar says six workers hurt building World Cup venues

    Qatar's World Cup organisers said on Wednesday that six labourers building stadiums for the 2022 tournament suffered work-related injuries last year but there were no fatalities. Qatar has been widely condemned for its treatment of almost two million foreign workers. Critics have estimated that

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  • Pope unleashes 'super confessors' to tackle special sins

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  • Greek islanders march against migrant facility

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  • French foreign minister Fabius says he is leaving government

    French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, whose departure has long been rumoured, replied "yes" when journalists asked if he was taking part in his final cabinet meeting on Wednesday after four years in the job.

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  • Turkey coastguard saves lone Syrian refugee from on sinking boat

    Turkey's coastguard says it has rescued a Syrian refugee who clung on alone to a sinking boat for his life after it went down while seeking to cross the Aegean Sea to Greece.

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  • Turkish PM slams 'hypocritical' calls to open borders

    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu slams as "hypocritical" calls by some countries urging Ankara to open its borders to Syrian refugees while failing to demand Russia halts punishing air strikes.

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  • Wild elephant goes on rampage in Indian town

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  • Asahi offers to buy Peroni and Grolsch, key for AB InBev-SABMiller deal

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  • Widow of famed chef Violier to run restaurant after his suicide

    The widow of top chef Benoit Violier, whose January 31 suicide shocked the culinary world, said she would take charge of her husband's celebrated restaurant, in an interview published Wednesday. Brigitte Violier told Swiss magazine L'Illustre that her husband's former sous-chef, Franck Giovannini

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  • Pope faces Mexicans worshipping skeletal 'Death Saint'

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  • VW to recall 680,000 cars in US over faulty airbags

    Embattled German auto giant Volkswagen is having to recall 680,000 cars in the United States owing to possible faulty airbags supplied by Japanese maker Takata, a company spokesman said on Wednesday. Already a day earlier, VW's domestic rival Daimler announced it was recalling 705,000 Mercedes-Benz

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