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Britain Sends Drones To Fly Surveillance Missions Over Syria

Michael Fallon arrives for a Cobra meeting in London.   -Reuters picBRITAIN said on Tuesday it was authorising armed and unarmed drones to fly surveillance missions over Syria "very shortly" in order to gather intelligence on Islamic State (IS) militants.

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Oscar Pistorius Jailed For Five Years For Steenkamp Killing

Oscar Pistorius leaves the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria  -Reuters picA South African judge on Tuesday sentenced Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison for the negligent killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.At the culmination of one of the most watched murder trials in recent history, the 27-year-old disabled sprinter was led away by police officers to holding cells beneath the courtroom in Pretoria.

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Hong Kong Students, Officials Set For First Talks On Political Crisis

A pro-democracy protester sleeps beside supplies at a make-shift logistic centre at Mongkok.   -Reuters picSENIOR Hong Kong government officials will meet student leaders for the first time on Tuesday in an attempt to defuse more than three weeks of pro-democracy protests which have brought parts of the Asian financial center to a standstill.

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U.S. Urges Japan To Be 'Bold' In Pacific Trade Pact Talks

Penny Pritzker (C) speaks during their courtesy visit to Shinzo Abe (L) in Tokyo.   -Reuters picTHE time is "ripe" for Japan and the United States to reach a breakthrough in talks for a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, the U.S. commerce secretary said on Tuesday, adding that the two were "a lot closer" to a deal than in recent months.

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Exclusive: Iran Offers 'Compromises' In Nuclear Talks, West Unmoved

John Kerry (L), Catherine Ashton (M) and Javad Zarif (L) are photographed in a trilateral meeting in Vienna.   -Reuters picIRAN is pushing what it portrays as a new compromise proposal in nuclear talks, but Western negotiators say it offers no viable concessions, underscoring how far apart the two sides are as they enter crunch time before a Nov. 24 deadline.

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Japan PM's Woes May Not End Despite Resignations Of Two Ministers

Shinzo Abe reacts as he speaks to the media in Tokyo   -Reuters picJAPANESE Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is facing increased pressure from a newly energized opposition over potential scandals within his cabinet even though he swiftly jettisoned two ministers this week in a bid to calm the storm.

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Ukraine Vote Candidate Survives Gun And Grenade Attack: Party

Arseny Yatseniuk with aides before an interview on the sidelines of the 69th UNGA at UN headquarters.  -Reuters picA Ukrainian election candidate allied to the prime minister was shot at and came under a grenade attack as he left his home late on Monday, and only survived because he was wearing body armor, his party said.

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Mexico Offers Us$4.7 Million Reward For Information On Missing Students

Photo: www.independent.co.ukMEXICO- Mexico's National Attorney General office is offering a reward of 64.5 million pesos (US$4.7 million) for information on 43 missing students, Xinhua news agency reported.

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Singapore Named Lonely Planet's Top Country To Visit In 2015

Photo: WikipediaSingapore has clinched the number one spot on Lonely Planet’s list of the top 10 countries to visit in 2015.

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Man’s Online Courtship Goes Down The Chimney

Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa. (Photo: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office )A woman who was arrested after being trapped inside a chimney had met the California homeowner online and dated him before he recently broke off the relationship, according to the homeowner.

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