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Iranian people, students stage anti-US rallies

The Iranian demonstrators taking part in rallies held on Thursday on the National Day of Fight against Global Arrogance, condemned the US for its continued hostilities towards the Islamic Republic and “endless” crimes committed by Washington across the world. The Iranian demonstrates, in a statement released and read out at ...

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Scandal is all my fault: South Korea president

South Korean President Park Geun-hye says she is solely to blame for an ongoing crisis involving an old friend of hers who allegedly meddled in state affairs despite having no formal position. Speaking in an emotionally-charged, televised address to the nation on Friday, President Park said the scandal was “all ...

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At least 51 killed in Indonesia boat sinking

At least 51 people have died in the sinking of an overcrowded boat carrying migrant workers in the sea off the Indonesian island of Batam.   Police and rescue agency officials on Friday provided updates on the incident which happened on Wednesday after rescuers found more bodies. The speedboat carrying 101 migrant workers and ...

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Death toll from China coal mine blast rises to 33

Death toll from a recent explosion that struck a coal mine in China has risen to 33 as rescuers retrieve the bodies of 15 missing miners. Only two miners escaped the blast at the privately-owned Jinshangou colliery in the southwestern municipality of Chongqing. The official Xinhua news agency reported that ...

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South Korea’s Park appoints new chief of staff amid scandal

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has appointed a new chief of staff, part of sweeping reshuffles apparently meant to allay public outrage at a scandal involving one of her close associates. The embattled South Korean leader picked Han Gwang-ok, the chairman of the Presidential Committee for National Cohesion, as her ...

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South Korea announces new premier, finance minster amid Park scandal

South Korea has named a new prime minister and finance minister amid a political scandal concerning President Park Geun-hye allegedly letting a close friend meddle in state affairs. Early on Wednesday, presidential spokesman Jung Youn-kuk said Premier Hwang Kyo-ahn had been replaced by Kim Byong-joon in relation to “the current ...

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South Korean president’s confidante faces detention

Prosecutors in South Korea have requested an arrest warrant for Choi Soon-sil, President Park Geun-hye’s long-time friend, as Park’s popularity plunges over allegations of favoritism. The Seoul prosecutor’s office on Wednesday asked the Seoul Central District Court to approve an arrest warrant for Choi, according to court spokesman Shin Jae-hwan. ...

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Workers trapped after deadly mine explosion in China

Chinese rescue workers are scrambling to find 18 workers who have gone missing since a huge gas explosion struck a coal mine in Chongqing region on Monday. The explosion ripped through the privately-owned Jinshangou colliery in the southwestern region before Monday noon, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Rescuers have ...

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Pakistan court allows opposition sit-in

A top court in Pakistan has given permission to opposition protesters to stage a highly-anticipated anti-government sit-in in the capital this week. The Islamabad High Court (IHC) announced on Monday that it gave the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Party permission to hold the sit-in on Wednesday, dismissing government orders banning the ...

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India police find, kill eight fugitives

Indian police have gunned down eight suspected members of a banned organization in India who had escaped from a high-security prison in the Indian city of Bhopal earlier in the day. Police said on Monday that the escapees were cornered on the outskirts of the city in the central state ...

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