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In Asia
June 1, 2015 8:06 am gmt |
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Over a thousand pro-democracy protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong yesterday (Sunday), four days ahead of the 26th anniversary of the crackdown on the pro-democracy movement at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989. Carrying large placards with pro-democracy slogans and yellow umbre...
In World
June 1, 2015 7:30 am gmt |
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The Global Day of Parents is observed on the 1st of June every year. The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 2012 with resolution A/RES/66/292 and honours parents throughout the world. The Global Day provides an opportunity to appreciate all parents in all parts of the world for their se...
In Australia
June 1, 2015 6:39 am gmt |
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Animal cruelty is widespread in the Queensland greyhound racing industry, says an Australian government report. Its author, Alan MacSporran, QC, said the industry had failed systematically to assess and manage how animals were treated by trainers and racers. The report follows the release of footage ...
In Asia
June 1, 2015 6:29 am gmt |
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Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej has gone back into hospital, only a few weeks after being discharged. A statement from the palace on Sunday said he was undergoing tests at the Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok but did not say when he was likely to return to his home in the coastal city of Hua Hin....
In Asia
June 1, 2015 6:27 am gmt |
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Public smoking in China’s capital, Beijing, is now banned after the introduction of a new law. China has over 300 million smokers and over a million Chinese people die from smoking-related illnesses every year. Smoking bans already existed in China, but have largely failed to crack down on the ...
In America
May 31, 2015 2:18 pm gmt |
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Former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, the son of US Vice-President Joe Biden, has died of brain cancer. The 46-year-old was taken to hospital earlier this month at the Walter Reed Army Medical Centre, near Washington. Beau Biden was seen as a rising star of US politics but suffered health prob...
In Asia
May 31, 2015 2:15 pm gmt |
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Thousands of schools damaged during April’s devastating earthquake in Nepal have begun to re-open. More than 25,000 classrooms in some 8,000 schools were destroyed in the 7.8 magnitude quake and its aftershocks, and more than 8,000 people died. Many have only been rebuilt on a temporary basis u...
In America
May 31, 2015 2:07 pm gmt |
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The US Secretary of State John Kerry has broken his leg in a biking accident in the French Alps. Mr Kerry, 71, was in a stable condition in hospital in nearby Geneva, Switzerland, a spokesman said. He was expected to make a full recovery after breaking his right femur and was in good spirits, said [&...
In World
May 31, 2015 7:32 am gmt |
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U.S. President Barack Obama warned on Friday (May 29) that surveillance powers used to prevent attacks could lapse at midnight on Sunday unless “a handful of senators” stop standing in the way of legislation. “I don’t want us to be in a situation in which for a certain period ...
In World
May 31, 2015 7:19 am gmt |
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Russian military aircraft were dispatched to head off a US warship that was acting “aggressively” in the Black Sea, Russia’s state news agency RIA reported, but the Pentagon denied any unusual behaviour. RIA quoted an anonymous source in Russia’s armed forces in Crimea as sayi...
In World
May 31, 2015 6:25 am gmt |
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Singapore police shot and killed one person and detained two others early on Sunday (May 31) after the car they were traveling in crashed past police barricades near a hotel where U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter was staying. Police said the incident happened in the vicinity of the Shangri-La Hotel ...
In World
May 31, 2015 5:01 am gmt |
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A powerful undersea earthquake south of Japan has shaken buildings in Tokyo. The US Geological Survey said the 7.8-magnitude earthquake was centered 874km (543 miles) from Tokyo, and struck at about 18:30 local time (11:30 GMT). Buildings in the capital swayed for almost a minute as the quake built i...
In Africa
May 31, 2015 4:53 am gmt |
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A suicide bomber has killed at least 16 people at a mosque in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri, police say. Dozens more were wounded in the attack. It follows an overnight assault on the north-eastern city by Boko Haram, in which at least 13 people were killed before troops were able to push back the [...
In World
May 30, 2015 12:21 pm gmt |
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A series of barrel bombs dropped by Syria’s government has killed at least 75 people and wounded dozens others in Aleppo province, according to medical sources and a monitoring group. The deaths occurred in two separate incidents on Saturday when helicopters dropped explosives-filled barrels, w...
In World
May 30, 2015 12:15 pm gmt |
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Local police confirmed another explosion rocked Bujumbura, capital of Burundi on Friday. A grenade exploding outside of a bank, wounding a child and burning three cars, they said. Officials claimed recent attacks are targeting civilians. “The people who are doing this just want to cause panic, ...