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India Showcases Maritime Might As Navies Converge For International Fleet Review

Indian Navy's largest aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya is seen at Colombo port in Sri Lanka January 21, 2016. — Reuters picNEW DELHI: India kicked off a major display of maritime might today, with ships from 50 navies converging on the country’s east coast, as New Delhi seeks to boost its leadership in the region.

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US Announces US$890m Boost To Syria Humanitarian Aid

US Secretary of State John Kerry said that the US is one of the largest single external donor of Syrian humanitarian aid in the world. — Reuters picLONDON: The United States added another US$890 million (RM3.6 billion) to the Syrian humanitarian aid effort today, pledging increased support for refugee aid.

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S.Korea Vows To Destroy Any Threat As North Prepares For Rocket Launch

South Korean President Park Geun-hye addresses the nation at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, January 13, 2016. — Reuters picSEOUL: South Korean President Park Geun-Hye today said a planned rocket launch by North Korea could “never be tolerated,” as her defence ministry vowed to shoot down any missile that threatened its territory.

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Top Airlines Offer To Re-Assign Crew From Zika-Hit Routes

Brazil is facing an unprecedented number of Zika virus cases - more than 1 million - as well as an unprecedented number of microcephaly cases that health officials believe are linked.Major US airlines United and Delta and Europe's Lufthansa and Air France are offering to re-assign certain flight crew concerned about contracting the Zika virus from routes to affected countries.

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South African Rangers Seek To Track Rhinos In Wildlife Park

In this photo taken Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, a sedated rhino lies on the ground in the Kruger National Park after rangers darted it so they could attach a tracking device to the animal in efforts to stop poaching. Poachers have killed rhinos in record numbers to meet the consumer demand for their horns in parts of Asia, particularly Vietnam. (AP Photo/Christopher Torchia)KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, South Africa: A heavily pregnant rhino lay in the scrub in a South African wildlife park, sedated by rangers who attached a tracking device to the threatened animal as part of efforts to stop poaching in a country with most of the world's rhinos.

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Halt Syrian Bombing, Kerry Tells Russia After Peace Talks Suspended

US Secretary of State John Kerry (right) and Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond arrive to address the media at the donors Conference for Syria in London, Britain February 4, 2016. — Reuters picLONDON: US Secretary of State John Kerry demanded today that Russia stop bombing the Syrian opposition, implicitly blaming Moscow for the collapse in peace talks.

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US Drone Strike Kills Top Qaeda Chief In South Yemen

Suspected Al-Qaeda militants stand behind bars during a hearing at the appeals court in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. - AFP photo / FileYEMEN: A senior Al-Qaeda operative in Yemen with a $5 million US bounty on his head was killed Thursday in one of two suspected American drone strikes in the war-torn country.

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Services Paralyzed As Greeks Strike Against Pension Reforms

Members of the PAME Communist-affiliated hold a banner reads in Greek ''Social Security'' during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in Athens, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Unions called the strike to protest pension reforms that are part of Greece's third international bailout. The left-led government is trying to overhaul the country's ailing pension system by increasing social security contributions to avoid pension cuts, but critics say the reforms will lead many to lose two-thirds of their income to contributions and taxes. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)ATHENS, Greece: Services across Greece ground to a halt Thursday as workers joined in a massive general strike that canceled flights, ferries and public transport, shut down schools, courts and pharmacies, and left public hospitals with emergency staff.

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More Testimony For Convicted Killer's Alibi In Syed Case

Adnan Syed enters Courthouse East in Baltimore prior to a hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 in Baltimore. The hearing, scheduled to last three days before Baltimore Circuit Judge Martin Welch, is meant to determine whether Syed's conviction will be overturned and case retried. (Barbara Haddock Taylor/The Baltimore Sun via AP)BALTIMORE: As a convicted murderer seeks a new trial in a case spotlighted by the popular "Serial" podcast, an alibi witness who was never before called to testify in the case has cast doubts about testimony from the case's former prosecutor, who she says persuaded her not to come forward with information that might help win the defendant a new trial.

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Two Algerians ‘Linked To IS’ Nabbed By German Police

A suspect is detained by plain clothes police during a raid at a house in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin, Germany February 4, 2016. — Reuters picBERLIN: German police have arrested two Algerians they suspect of links to the Islamic State group and are hunting for two others in operations in Berlin and other regions, they said today.

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