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UN Chief Launches Battle To End Female Genital Mutilation

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon talks to a Somali refugee woman at the UNHCR/Kenya Red Cross hospital at the Ifo 2 east camp within the Dadaab refugee complex near the Kenya-Somalia border, October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic NAIROBI: UN chief Ban Ki-moon launched today a global campaign to end the often deadly practice of female genital mutilation within a generation, as survivors said it had “shattered” their lives.

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Myanmar Junta To Hold Meeting With Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks to pupils at Wellington Park College in Belfast on her visit to the United Kingdom, October 25, 2013. — Reuters pic YANGON: Myanmar’s president and powerful military chief will hold an unprecedented high-level meeting tomorrow with major political parties and ethnic minority groups as cracks widen in the fledgling democracy ahead of an election next year.

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Gay Rights Groups Slam Singapore Court Ruling On Anti-Gay Law

Organisers Pink Dot organised a pro-LGBT event with people dressed in pink gathering at Hong Lim park in Singapore, June 18, 2011. — AFP picSINGAPORE: Gay rights groups today slammed a decision by Singapore’s top court to uphold a colonial-era law criminalising sex between men and urged parliament to strike down the legislation.

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In Tunisian Poll, Seculars Beats Islamists

Pic: ReutersTUNIS: he secular Nidaa Tounes party came top in Tunisia’s landmark legislative polls beating Islamist rivals Ennahda, who had already conceded defeat, provisional results released early today showed.

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Ebola Expert Says China At Risk, Seeks Japan Aid

Pic: AFPTOKYO: A scientist who helped to discover the Ebola virus says he is concerned that the disease could spread to China given the large numbers of Chinese workers traveling to and from Africa.

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It’s Getting Hot In Here! Slow-Moving Molten Lava River Threatens Hawaii

Smoke rises from the lava flow from Mt Kilauea as it inches closer to the village of Pahoa, Hawaii October 29, 2014. — ReutersPAHOA (Hawaii): A slow-moving river of molten lava from an erupting volcano crept over residential and farm property on Hawaiis Big Island yesterday after incinerating an outbuilding as it threatened dozens of homes at the edge of a former plantation town.

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Online Uproar Over Chinese Billionaire Couple’s US$10m Gift To Yale

In July, the couple gave Harvard University US$15 million in the first stage of a US$100 million programme that Pan and Zhang say will fund disadvantaged Chinese students at top institutions across the globe. — Reuters pic BEIJING: A Chinese billionaire couple’s US$10 million (RM32.908 million) gift to Yale University sparked controversy among the country’s Internet users today, with some arguing that the money would be better spent on schools in China.

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Mexico’s Missing Students: As Families Demand Results, President Pledges To Find The Truth

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto looks on after addressing the media about a private meeting with the relatives of the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa Teacher Training College Raul Isidro Burgos, at Los Pinos presidential residence in Mexico City O GUERRERO: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto pledged to redouble efforts to find 43 college students who were allegedly kidnapped by local police last month as their parents criticized the failure of the government’s efforts.

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Man Slices Off Bits Of Woman’s Face And Flushes Parts Down Toilet

The accused apparently flushed down the victims ears, nose and lips down a toilet after allegedly slice them off her face, October 30, 2014. — AFP pic TAIPEI: Taiwan police arrested a 79-year-old man after he sliced off his girlfriend’s nose, ears and lips and flushed them down the toilet, suspecting that she was cheating on him, officials said today.

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Sweden Recognises Palestinian State

Swedish foreign minister Margot Wallstrom has acknowledged Sweden's recognition of the Palestinian state, October 30, 2014. — Reuters pic STOCKHOLM: Sweden today officially recognised the state of Palestine, Stockholm’s foreign minister said, less than a month after the government announced its intention to make the controversial move.

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