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Dutch mourn as first MH17 bodies arrive in Netherlands

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EINDHOVEN, Netherlands - The bodies of the first victims from a Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine last week arrived back in the Netherlands on Wednesday amid dignified grief tinged with anger.Bells pealed and flags flew at half mast in memory of the 298 people killed when flight MH17 crashed in an area of eastern Ukraine held by Russian-backed separatists, in the first national day of mourning since wartime Queen Wilhe ...
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27 nabbed in joint enforcement raid

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SINGAPORE - A joint enforcement raid saw 27 people being arrested after a 17-hour operation led by the Ang Mo Kio Police Division and Central Narcotics Bureau. It was supported by officers from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and the Secret Societies Branch of the Criminal Investigation Department.The raid began at 9am on 21 July 2014.17 people were arrested for drug-related offences, 6 for offences under the Common Gaming Houses Act, another 3 were arrested for offences under the ...
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40-minute delay at Novena MRT station on Wednesday morning

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Passengers travelling along the North-South line from Toa Payoh towards Newton were delayed by about 40 minutes on Wednesday morning.An SMRT train became immobilised after an air pressure fault on the train caused its braking system to be applied.SMRT released a media statement on Facebook and posted tweets apologising for the inconvenience and alerting the public to the delay. It also added that the defective train was pushed to ...
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Beijing shuts big coal-fired power plant to ease smog

BEIJING - Beijing has closed the first of four large coal-fired power plants set to be decommissioned as part of the city's efforts to cut air pollution, official news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday, citing the local planning agency.Xinhua said the authorities had shut down the Gaojing Thermal Power Plant's six 100 megawatt generating units. The plant is owned by the China Datang Corporation, one of China's big five state powe ...
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Islamic scholars condemn expulsion of Iraq's "Christian brothers"

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DOHA - An influential group of Islamic scholars has denounced the forced expulsion of Christians from northern Iraq by Islamist hardliners, saying it paves the way for fighting between the country's ethnic and religious groups.The Christian community of Mosul fled to the Kurdish autonomous region last week, ending a presence stretching back nearly 2,000 years, after Islamic State militants set them a deadline to submit to thei ...
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British singer Adele wins damages over photos of son

LONDON - British singer Adele has accepted a five-figure sum in damages on behalf of her two-year-old son from a paparazzi agency that took photos of his "milestone moments", her lawyers said on Wednesday.Adele, 26, and her partner Simon Konecki had brought legal action against Corbis Images UK, arguing that it had no right to intrude upon everyday family occasions such as their son Angelo Adkins' first trip t ...
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Young Islamic State robs al Qaeda of militant prestige

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DUBAI - In hiding, targeted by drone strikes and unable to land a blow in the West, al Qaeda's ageing leaders are losing a power struggle with ultra-radical young militants in Iraq and Syria who see themselves as the true successors to Osama bin Laden.The shadowy network that targeted the West and its Arab allies for almost a generation is increasingly seen as stale, tired and ineffectual on the hardcore jihadi social media forums and ...
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Starbucks seeks to expand in cafe-clogged Vietnam

HANOI - With more coffee shops per square mile than probably anywhere on earth, opening a cafe in Vietnam's capital could be a bit of a gamble. This week, US coffee chain Starbucks is opening three of them.Vietnam's entrenched coffee culture means Starbucks is delving deeper into what could be one of its most challenging markets yet. The brew is sold cheaply in the simple cafes that line almost every city street, or in the more sophistic ...
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Airlines suspend flights to Tel Aviv over rocket fears

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JERUSALEM - US Secretary of State John Kerry took his truce mission to Israel Wednesday as the conflict in Gaza entered its 16th day and world airlines suspended flights over rocket fears.As air traffic thinned over Tel Aviv airport, Kerry flew in from Cairo for whirlwind talks in Jerusalem and Ramallah, despite a US aviation warning on flights into Israel after a rocket struck near the runway a day earlier.And there was no let-up in the violence, with ...
Full article at: Asia One 8 hours ago

Indonesia's Prabowo to challenge election result in court

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JAKARTA - The ex-general who lost Indonesia's presidential election to Joko Widodo will challenge the result in court, his campaign team said Wednesday, a move that could spell weeks of uncertainty for the world's third-biggest democracy.But Prabowo Subianto's last-ditch bid to overturn the result did little to dampen the enthusiasm of Widodo's supporters, with thousands staging a ...
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