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Kazuo Ishiguro wins 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature

STOCKHOLM: The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2017 is awarded to Kazuo Ishiguro "who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world", the Swedish Academy announced in Stockholm on Thursday.  Kazuo Ishiguro has been a full-time..

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Philippines hails US as top ally, welcomes war games Thursday, October 5th, 2017

MANILA, (AFP): The Philippines' military chief hailed the United States as his nation's "number one ally" and announced a return of regular war games, following President Rodrigo Duterte's call for warmer ties.  Duterte last week vowed to be "friendly" with the United States, signalling an end to..

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Las Vegas shooter’s girlfriend back in US, FBI to question her Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

LAS VEGAS,  (AFP): The girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock arrived back in the United States Tuesday evening and was met by FBI agents eager to hear whatever she might know about the motive behind his slaying of 58 people and wounding of more than 500 in the worst mass shooting in US..

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Militants attack paramilitary base in Indian Kashmir Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

SRINAGAR, India, (AFP): Suspected militants stormed a paramilitary base in Indian-administered Kashmir, police said Tuesday, leaving one attacker dead and two security personnel wounded.  At least three militants hurled grenades and fired automatic weapons at the main gate of the Border Security..

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Judge calls short break in N. Korea trial

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP): The Latest on the trial of two women accused of killing North Korean leader's brother (all times local):  10:25 a.m. The judge in the trail of two women accused of killing the half brother of North Korea's leader has called for a short break as he weighs defense..

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Bangladesh to move 15,000 Rohingya from tribal district

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, (AFP): Bangladesh is to move to a camp at least 15,000 Rohingya refugees who have settled in a restive hill district near the border with Myanmar, a local official said Sunday.  Most of the estimated half a million Rohingya who have arrived in southeastern Bangladesh over..

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63 presumed dead in shipwreck involving Rohingya Muslims Friday, September 29th, 2017

GENEVA, (AP): The U.N. migration agency said Friday that more than 60 people are either confirmed dead or missing and presumed dead following the shipwreck of a boat carrying Rohingya Muslims who were fleeing from violence in Myanmar to Bangladesh.  Spokesman Joel Millman of the International..

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Bashir says US sanctions caused immense hardship in Sudan Thursday, September 28th, 2017

KHARTOUM, (AFP): President Omar al-Bashir said on Thursday that Washington's "unjust" trade embargo on Sudan had weakened the African country and caused immense hardship for its people. His comments came just two weeks before US President Donald Trump is to decide whether to permanently lift the..

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Thailand’s Yingluck Shinawatra: from first female PM to fugitive Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

BANGKOK,  (AFP): Thailand's first female premier Yingluck Shinawatra followed her brother to the apex of the kingdom's political scene and will now depart it in a similar fashion: condemned to self-exile after a court handed her a five-year sentence in absentia.  Assailed by protests, a coup and..

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N. Korea, Venezuela, Chad among 8 countries on new US travel ban Monday, September 25th, 2017

WASHINGTON, (AFP): President Donald Trump issued a new open-ended travel ban Sunday that saw North Korea, Venezuela and Chad among a list of eight countries cited for poor security and lack of cooperation with US authorities. The new restrictions replace an expiring 90-day measure that had locked..

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Mexicans turn to church as earthquake death toll hits 320

Alexandra Alper, Lizbeth Diaz, MEXICO CITY (Reuters): Mexicans packed churches on Sunday to pray for the victims of the country’s deadliest quake in 32 years as rescue teams searched against the odds for any survivors trapped under rubble since Tuesday’s tremor shook Mexico City and nearby..

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US warplanes fly off N. Korea coast in new show of force Sunday, September 24th, 2017

WASHINGTON, (AFP): US bombers and fighter escorts flew off the coast of North Korea Saturday in a show of force against its nuclear weapons program, escalating already sky-high tensions.  The hermit state's foreign minister meanwhile derided Donald Trump as "mentally deranged" at the United..

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