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Australian military jets to support Iraq strikes: PM

Australian military jets to support Iraq strikes: PM
Australian military jets are to join in the US-led air war against the Islamic State group in Iraq, conducting refuelling and support missions, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday.

Philippines' Aquino criticises UN for mission 'impossible'

Philippines' Aquino criticises UN for mission 'impossible'
Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Wednesday criticised the United Nations for refusing to better arm Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights, saying this made their mission "impossible".

12 dead as trains collide in northern India

12 dead as trains collide in northern India
Two passenger trains packed with festive travellers collided in northern India, killing at least 12 people and injuring 45, a railway spokesman said on Wednesday.

Ai Weiwei meditates on freedom in Alcatraz show

Ai Weiwei meditates on freedom in Alcatraz show
Alcatraz is perhaps the world's most famous prison. And Ai Weiwei is arguably China's best known artist. Now they have come together in a viscerally powerful show in the notorious former jail.

Extreme piercing for purity in Thai vegetarian festival

Extreme piercing for purity in Thai vegetarian festival
There is no pain once the gods enter your body, said Jampen Deebuk, after puncturing the cheeks of a young devotee with metal skewers at Thailand's bloody vegetarian festival.

China to open first high security bio laboratory

China to open first high security bio laboratory
China's first high-security biosafety laboratory will be ready for use by December, in a move hailed as a "crucial" moment in the fight against pathogens such as the Ebola virus, officials said.

Britain turns up heat over Hong Kong, but has weak hand

Britain turns up heat over Hong Kong, but has weak hand
Britain may be first in line to put pressure on Beijing to show restraint over pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, but the former power must not overestimate its influence, 17 years after handing over the territory.

Ailing North Korea leader sends message to China

Ailing North Korea leader sends message to China
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, who has not been seen for nearly a month due to apparent health problems, sent a congratulatory message to China on its national day Wednesday, state media said.

Hong Kong protesters gear up for biggest demonstration yet

Hong Kong protesters gear up for biggest demonstration yet
Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters chanted and booed outside a ceremony to mark the 65th anniversary of Communist China Wednesday, with crowds expected to reach their biggest yet as the city starts a two-day public holiday.

Hong Kong protesters gear up for biggest protest yet

Hong Kong protesters gear up for biggest protest yet
Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters chanted and booed outside a ceremony to mark the 65th anniversary of Communist China Wednesday, with crowds expected to reach their biggest yet as the city starts a two-day public holiday.

Twin suicide attacks on army buses in Kabul kill 7

Twin suicide attacks on army buses in Kabul kill 7
Two Taliban suicide bombers hit army buses in Kabul Wednesday, killing at least seven people in a coordinated attack, officials said, a day after the new Afghan government signed a deal for US troops to stay in the country.

Twin suicide attacks on army buses in Kabul: police

Twin suicide attacks on army buses in Kabul: police
Two Taliban suicide bombers hit army buses in Kabul on Wednesday with initial reports of six people killed in the twin attack, police said, one day after the new Afghan government signed a deal for US troops to stay in the country.

Japan volcano death toll hits 48 as new bodies found

Japan volcano death toll hits 48 as new bodies found
The death toll from a sudden volcanic eruption in Japan hit 48 on Wednesday as rescuers discovered 12 new bodies in so-far unexplored areas of the ash-covered peak.

Japan volcano death toll hits 43 as new bodies found

Japan volcano death toll hits 43 as new bodies found
Seven more bodies have been found by rescuers combing the peak of a Japanese volcano that erupted at the weekend, officials said Wednesday, taking the death toll to at least 43.

Seven additional bodies found on Japan volcano: media

Seven additional bodies found on Japan volcano: media
Seven more bodies have been found by rescuers combing the peak of a volcano that erupted at the weekend, Japanese state broadcaster NHK and other media reported Wednesday

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