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Manila to evacuate 13,000 amid renewed Libya clashes

Manila to evacuate 13,000 amid renewed Libya clashes
The Philippines was preparing Thursday to evacuate 13,000 citizens from Libya as violence continued to rage and a Filipino worker was beheaded and a nurse gang-raped there.

Imam of China's biggest mosque killed in Xinjiang

Imam of China's biggest mosque killed in Xinjiang
The head of a China's largest mosque was murdered after conducting morning prayers, the local government in the far western region of Xinjiang said Thursday, amid intensifying violence in the turbulent region.

Li Na to sit out US Open with knee injury

Li Na to sit out US Open with knee injury
World number two Li Na of China announced on Thursday that she will miss next month's US Open as she struggles with a knee injury.

UN envoy says Vietnam still 'violating' religious freedom

UN envoy says Vietnam still 'violating' religious freedom
Vietnam was accused of "serious violations" of religious freedom by a UN expert on Thursday, despite the communist country making some progress on easing tight state control of matters of faith.

Taiwan to shutter near-completed nuclear plant

Taiwan to shutter near-completed nuclear plant
Taiwan's government said Thursday it would seal off a nuclear power plant due to open next year but repeatedly attacked as unsafe by the public, pending a referendum on its future.

Japan women world's longest-lived as male lifespan tops 80

Japan women world's longest-lived as male lifespan tops 80
Japanese men's life expectancy rose above 80 for the first time in 2013, but was still several years below that of their female counterparts, whose lifespan was the world's longest, figures released Thursday showed.

Ali spins England to victory over India

Ali spins England to victory over India
Moeen Ali spun England to victory as they ended a run of 10 Tests without a win by beating India by 266 runs in the third Test at Southampton on Thursday.

Ali spins England to victory over to India

Ali spins England to victory over to India
Moeen Ali spun England to victory as they ended a run of 10 Tests without a win by beating India by 266 runs in the third Test at Southampton on Thursday.

England win third Test against India, level series

England win third Test against India, level series
England ended a run of 10 Tests without a win by beating India by 266 runs in the third Test at Southampton on Thursday, a result that levelled the five-match series at 1-1.

Aussie weightlifter Etoundi thrown out over altercation

Aussie weightlifter Etoundi thrown out over altercation
Australian weightlifter Francois Etoundi had his Commonwealth Games accreditation revoked on Thursday after an alleged assault at the athletes' village in Glasgow, organisers announced.

Brazil pin-up Neymar mobbed in Japan

Brazil pin-up Neymar mobbed in Japan
Tokyo caught "Neymar fever" on Thursday when the Brazilian superstar jetted into the Japanese capital sporting sunglasses, baseball cap and designer stubble on a whistle-stop visit to sign a sponsorship deal with a bed manufacturer.

Thai military arrest army general for extortion

Thai military arrest army general for extortion
A Thai army general has been arrested on suspicion of extortion in a notorious Bangkok red light district, officials said Thursday, in a rare case of authorities prosecuting a member of the military.

French ballet stars offer hope to tiny Fukushima dancers

French ballet stars offer hope to tiny Fukushima dancers
A group of French ballet stars from the renowned Paris Opera donned tutus and tights in the shadow of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant and twirled their way into the hearts of local students.

Australia says MH370 survey ships making progress

Australia says MH370 survey ships making progress
Two ships surveying the sea floor where Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is thought to have crashed are making steady progress with a deep-water search to get under way in September, Australian authorities said Thursday.

China court hears first gay 'conversion therapy' case

China court hears first gay 'conversion therapy' case
A Beijing court on Thursday heard a landmark case on "gay conversion" treatment, while outside the courtroom an activist in a nurse's uniform knelt over a patient, wielding a giant needle.

Myanmar makes $2.3mn heroin bust in 'Golden Triangle'

Myanmar makes $2.3mn heroin bust in 'Golden Triangle'
Myanmar authorities have seized 140 kilograms (310 lbs) of heroin packed into blocks and hidden in a car in the notorious "Golden Triangle" area near the Thai border, police said Thursday.

25 in Indonesia dead in Eid boat sinkings

25 in Indonesia dead in Eid boat sinkings
At least 25 people in Indonesia, including six children, have died and 13 are missing in two separate boat sinkings, officials said Thursday, as millions travel across the country for the Eid holiday season.

South Korea soldiers charged over death of conscript

South Korea soldiers charged over death of conscript
Five South Korean soldiers have been arrested on manslaughter charges for an assault that led to the death of a young conscript they had repeatedly bullied, the military said Thursday.

Japan's smoking rate drops to record low

Japan's smoking rate drops to record low
Japan's smoking rate has dropped below 20 percent for the first time, according to a new survey, as a recent rise in cigarette prices helped to further discourage the habit.

Horseplay a rich man's game in China

Horseplay a rich man's game in China
Gripping his mallet, Peng Zhichun gallops towards goal on a Chinese polo field, one of a growing number of the country's wealthy elite discovering the joys of the saddle and the whip.

Australia urged to come clean on asylum-seekers' mental health

Australia urged to come clean on asylum-seekers' mental health
Australia's human rights commissioner said Thursday the government must come clean about conditions at offshore asylum-seeker camps after an inquiry heard of an alleged cover-up of mental health problems.

21 bathers drown in rough seas off Pakistan's Karachi

21 bathers drown in rough seas off Pakistan's Karachi
At least 21 bathers have drowned in rough seas off Pakistan's biggest city Karachi, officials said Thursday, after defying a ban on swimming during the monsoon season.

Pakistan drowning: 21 bathers die in rough seas off Karachi

Pakistan drowning: 21 bathers die in rough seas off Karachi
At least 21 bathers have drowned in rough seas off Pakistan's biggest city Karachi, officials said Thursday, after defying a ban on swimming during the monsoon season.

19 bathers drown, 4 missing in rough seas off Pakistan's Karachi

19 bathers drown, 4 missing in rough seas off Pakistan's Karachi
At least 19 bathers have drowned and four are missing in rough seas off Pakistan's biggest city Karachi, officials said Thursday, after defying a ban on swimming during the monsoon season.

19 bathers drown, 4 missing in rough seas off Karachi

19 bathers drown, 4 missing in rough seas off Karachi
At least 19 bathers have drowned and four are missing in rough seas off Pakistan's biggest city Karachi, officials said Thursday, after defying a ban on swimming during the monsoon season.

China promises to remove urban-rural registration divide

China promises to remove urban-rural registration divide
China is to scrap the distinction between its urban and rural household registration systems, it said, promising migrant workers greater social benefits as it pushes an urbanisation drive that has seen hundreds of millions of people move to cities.

Philippines to ferry workers out of Libya after beheading, rape

Philippines to ferry workers out of Libya after beheading, rape
The Philippines dispatched its foreign minister on Thursday to oversee the evacuation of 13,000 citizens from Libya after a Filipino construction worker was beheaded and a nurse gang-raped there.

Philippines urges nationals out of Libya after beheading, rape

Philippines urges nationals out of Libya after beheading, rape
The Philippines renewed calls for thousands of its nationals to leave Libya on Thursday after a Filipina nurse was abducted and gang-raped, following the beheading of a Filipino construction worker.

US, India see potential but new rifts emerge

US, India see potential but new rifts emerge
The United States and India's new right-wing government voiced hope Thursday at working closely on the global stage, but fresh rifts over trade and spying cast a shadow.

Kerry 'excited' about Modi, seeks India-US reboot

Kerry 'excited' about Modi, seeks India-US reboot
US Secretary of State John Kerry voiced optimism Thursday about working with India's new right-wing government as he paid a first visit aimed at reviving a relationship clouded by mistrust.

Kerry says US 'excited' about India's new PM Modi

Kerry says US 'excited' about India's new PM Modi
US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday he was "excited" about India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and he wanted a "new relationship" with the new right-wing government.

Kerry seeks to revive US-India ties after friction

Kerry seeks to revive US-India ties after friction
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday holds his first meetings with India's right-wing government as he seeks to reboot a relationship seen as a bulwark against a rising China.

Rescuers battle rain in search for India landslide victims

Rescuers battle rain in search for India landslide victims
Rescuers battled through heavy rains on Thursday in a desperate search for victims of a landslide in western India that buried dozens of homes, with fears the death toll could reach 150.

Rescuers battle rains after India landslide, 150 feared dead

Rescuers battle rains after India landslide, 150 feared dead
Rescue workers dug through deep mud and debris on Thursday in search of victims of a major landslide in western India that buried homes, with the death toll expected to reach 150.

Olympic champions Rudisha, Pearson take centre stage

Olympic champions Rudisha, Pearson take centre stage
Olympic champions David Rudisha and Sally Pearson take centre stage at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday where seven medals are up for grabs on the fifth day of track and field.

Backlash against Australia gagging order

Backlash against Australia gagging order
An Australian court's gagging order banning the reporting of allegations against several foreign political leaders in a major bribery scandal was Thursday slammed as unacceptable by activists and media groups.

New Zealand to impose lengthy jail terms for match-fixing

New Zealand to impose lengthy jail terms for match-fixing
New Zealand is to slap a seven-year jail term on anyone caught match-fixing under a new law due to take effect before it hosts the Cricket World Cup and Under-20 FIFA World Cup next year.

Pakistan acid attacks on women cast pall of fear

Pakistan acid attacks on women cast pall of fear
A recent spate of acid attacks in a region of Pakistan previously untouched by the crime has sparked an impassioned debate about rising Islamisation that is forcing an increasing number of women to stay at home.

S. Korea ruling party boosts majority with key poll wins

S. Korea ruling party boosts majority with key poll wins
South Korea's ruling party celebrated Thursday after sailing through a key by-election test that increased its parliamentary majority despite lingering public anger over the handling of April's Sewol ferry disaster.

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