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Abbott vows transparent probe into Sydney siege

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SYDNEY -- Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday vowed a transparent probe into why a deranged Islamic gunman was not under surveillance as security was stepped up after a fatal cafe siege, to reassure those “with fear in their eyes.”…

Journalists face grimmer hazards

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66 journalists killed in past year as attacks grow more barbaric PARIS -- Attacks on journalists have grown more barbaric and kidnappings have soared, Reporters Without Borders said Tuesday, after a year when violence against the media took center stage…

Australia mourns after tragic end to cafe siege

SYDNEY -- Grieving Australians on Tuesday eulogized the victims of the Sydney cafe siege as authorities investigated why its Iranian-born perpetrator had remained at large despite a history of violence and extremism. Emotions were raw as Australia awoke to the…

Antibiotics cause young mom to burn from inside out

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A YOUNG mother is in intensive care after having a rare but serious reaction to a friend’s prescription antibiotics that caused her to “burn” from the inside out. Yassmeen Castanada, 19, wasn’t feeling well on Thanksgiving, so she took a…

Japan economy key after Abe victory — analysts

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TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was getting down to a second consecutive term in office Monday after a thumping election win, with analysts warning he needed to make good on his promise to fix Japan’s economy. His ruling Liberal…

Nightmare before Christmas in Sydney

SYDNEY (AFP) -- It is one of the most popular cafes on a thoroughfare that is thronged at this time of year with festive shoppers, in addition to everyday office crowds and tourists. But yesterday, a pre-Christmas nightmare played out…

Executed Chinese teenager found innocent 18 years on

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BEIJING -- A Chinese teenager executed after being convicted of murder and rape 18 years ago was declared innocent by a court yesterday, in a rare overturning of a wrongful conviction. The 18-year-old, named Hugjiltu and also known as Qoysiletu,…

Thousands protest police killings of blacks in US

NEW YORK -- Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in New York and Washington on Saturday, stepping up demonstrations across the United States demanding justice for black men killed by white police. The rallies in the US capital, New York,…

CIA torture

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Backlash feared as US Senate to release report WASHINGTON -- The US Senate will release a long-delayed report Tuesday into the CIA’s brutal interrogation of Al-Qaeda suspects after the 2001 attacks, as American embassies went on heightened alert amid fears…

Obama urges persistence in fighting US racism

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said banishing racism in the United States can only happen incrementally, and urged young people to “be persistent” in fighting bias. He was speaking as protests continue in cities across the United States, where thousands…

Indon maid tells tale of torture

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HONG KONG -- A former Indonesian maid on Monday told a court for the first time how she was starved, beaten and ritually humiliated by her Hong Kong employers in a case that has sparked international outrage. Erwiana Sulistyaningsih described…

British royal couple arrives in New York

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NEW YORK -- Crowds of jubilant royal watchers cheered as Britain’s Prince William and his pregnant wife Kate arrived in New York on Sunday, kicking off a three-day trip to the East Coast. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s motorcade…

US naturalist eaten by anaconda and survived

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NEW YORK -- When naturalist Paul Rosolie wanted to focus attention on the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, he decided he needed a stunt guaranteed to get people looking. So the staunch environmentalist offered himself as dinner to an anaconda…

U.S. makes failed rescue try

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Al-Qaeda kills hostages as US tries dramatic rescue bid in Yemen ADEN -- Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen killed two hostages — an American and a South African — during a pre-dawn gunfight as US special forces came agonizingly near to…
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