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LAST_UPDATEFri, 24 Mar 2017 9pm

UNICEF Says Nearly 600 Million Children To Live With Extremely Limited Water Resources By 2040

UNITED NATIONS -- Some 600 million children, or one in four children worldwide, will be living in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040, according to a report released here by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday to mark World Water Day, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

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US Secretary Of State Holds Foreign Ministers’ Conference In Washington To Defeat IS

Rex Tillerson.

WASHINGTON -- A gargantuan conference of 68 foreign ministers, hosted by the US administration in Washington on Wednesday, emphasised its intention to defeat the Islamic State also known as ISIS or Daesh.

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Hundreds Of Middle Eastern Refugees Refused Entry Into Australia On Security Grounds

CANBERRA -- Hundreds of Syrian and Iraqi refugees bookmarked for resettlement in Australia have been refused entry on grounds of national security, it was revealed on Thursday, after security networks discovered their names were on an international watch list, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

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Sunken Ferry Sewol Emerges From Water In Massive Salvage Operation

In this handout photo, a submersible vessel attempts to salvage sunken Sewol ferry in waters off Jindo, on March 22, 2017 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. Photo: Getty

SEOUL -- The sunken ferry Sewol began emerging from the water in a massive salvage operation early Thursday, nearly three years after the ship sank and left more than 300 dead or missing in one of South Korea's worst maritime disasters, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

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North Korea To Hold Parliamentary Meeting On April 11

SEOUL -- North Korea will hold the fifth session of the 13th Supreme People's Assembly in Pyongyang on April 11, Japan's Jiji Press reported citing state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

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Singapore Leaders Convey Condolences To Queen Elizabeth And PM May On Westminster Attack

Lee Hsien Loong

SINGAPORE -- Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have written to Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom, respectively to convey their condolences on Wednesday's terrorist attack in Westminster, London.

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Philippines Highlights Importance Of Ties With ASEAN, Asia Pacific Countries

Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: Asian Correspondent

MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte highlighted the importance of its relations with other ASEAN and Asia Pacific countries after returning to Manila early Thursday from his four-day visit to Myanmar and Thailand, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

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Four Killed In Shootings In US Wisconsin State, Suspect In Custody

Numerous law enforcement vehicles and SWAT teams respond to shooter Wednesday at an apartment complex in Rothschild, Wisconsin. Photo: AP

CHICAGO -- One police officer and three other people were killed in a series of shootings in the US state of Wisconsin on Wednesday, and one suspect has been in custody, local media reported, according to China's Xinhua news agency.

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British PM Calls Terrorist Attack 'Sick And Depraved'

LONDON -- UK Prime Minister Theresa May Thursday termed the terror strike in the heart of London as "sick and depraved" attack on democratic values, which was "doomed to failure", after four people were killed and 20 injured, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

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Gov't Forces Vacate Strategic District In S Afghan Province: Official

LASHKAR GAH -- Afghan government forces have evacuated the strategically important Sangin district in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, after increasing pressure by Taliban militants, member of Helmand's Provincial Council, Bashir Ahmad Shakir said Thursday, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

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