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China orders security clampdown in Xinjiang

The Chinese government has ordered a sweeping security clampdown in the western Xinjiang region, the country’s top police official has said, in the aftermath of deadly attacks last weekend. “Those criminals who dare to test the law and commit violent terrorist acts will be shown no leniency, no appeasement and no soft heart,” Meng Jianzhu, the public security minister, said.   Meng’s ...

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Thailand confirms Yingluck Shinawatra as first female PM

Lawmakers officially pass Thaksin’s sister as leader of nation after her party won elections in July Yingluck Shinawatra at parliament in Bangkok. Photograph: Rungroj Yongrit/EPA…

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Syria: Assad regime killed more than 2000 people, says US

The authoritarian Syrian regime is responsible for killing more than 2,000 people in the country, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said and reiterated that President Bashar al-Assad has lost legitimacy to govern Syrian people. “We think to date, the (Syrian) government is…

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Madrid ‘indignant’ protesters clash with riot police

At least 20 people have been injured – including seven police officers – in clashes between riot police and protesters in Madrid. Police had stopped the demonstrators, known as “the indignants”, from entering a square which has become a focus of anti-government…

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Asian stocks tumble after heavy sell-off on Wall Street

Asian stock markets have slumped on Friday, extending a global equity sell-off after Wall Street had its worst day in more than two years. Japan’s main Nikkei 225 index shed 3.4% to 9,329.75. South Korea lost 4.2%, while Australia slid 2.4% On Thursday, shares in the US and Europe tumbled on fears about the strength of the US economic recovery ...

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Spanish riot police charge demonstrators

SPANISH riot police have charged hundreds of "indignant" demonstrators rallying at the interior ministry to protest the closure of Madrid's main square, leaving a number of injured, witnesses said. It was the most serious incident since the ‘indignant’ movement began in mid-May against…

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Nigeria needs ‘world’s biggest ever cleanup’

DECADES of oil pollution in Nigeria's Ogoniland region may require the world's biggest ever cleanup, a UN agency said as it released a landmark report on the issue. "The environmental restoration of Ogoniland could prove to be the world’s most wide-ranging and long term oil clean-up exercise ever undertaken if…

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Somalia famine has killed ‘29,000 children’

US officials say that the famine in Somalia has killed more than 29,000 children in the last 90 days. Separately, the UN has declared that three new regions in Somalia are famine zones, making a total of five regions affected by famine thus far in the Horn of Africa country. The UN had said last month two regions were suffering from famine. The ...

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Japan sacks three nuclear power officials in shake-up

Three men in charge of nuclear power safety and policy have been sacked amid the ongoing crisis at the tsunami-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Japan’s Trade and Industry Minister, Banri Kaieda, said the three senior officials would be held responsible for mishandling the plant and its problems. The Fukushima plant, hit by the tsunami in March, is still leaking radiation. ...

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UN condemns Syria over rally deaths

After months of deadlock, the United Nations Security Council has finally responded to the escalating violence in Syria, condemning President Bashar Assad’s forces for attacking civilians and committing human rights violations. The trigger for the council to act was the military assault launched by the Syrian government over the weekend against the city of Hama, 130 miles north of the ...

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