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Baghdad bombing death toll rises to 147

Baghdad bombing death toll rises to 147

Baghdad bombing death toll rises to 147 The death toll from a suicide bombing in a Baghdad shopping district has risen to over 150, fueling calls for security forces to crack down on Islamic State sleeper cells blamed for one of the worst ever single bombings in Iraq. Numbers rose …

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Separate bomb attacks kill at least 22 in Afghanistan

Separate bomb attacks kill at least 22 in Afghanistan

Separate bomb attacks kill at least 22 in Afghanistan More than 20 people were killed in separate bomb attacks in Afghanistan on Monday, including at least 14 when a suicide bomber struck a minibus carrying Nepali security contractors in the capital Kabul, officials said. A Reuters witness saw several apparently …

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Post-Islamic State Iraq should be split in three

Post-Islamic State Iraq should be split in three

Post-Islamic State Iraq should be split in three: top Kurdish official Once Islamic State is defeated, Iraq should be divided into three separate entities to prevent further sectarian bloodshed, with a state each given to Shi’ite Muslims, Sunnis and Kurds, a top Kurdish official said on Thursday. Iraqi troops have …

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Blast from ‘self-made’ explosive injures three in Shanghai airport

Blast from 'self-made' explosive injures three in Shanghai airport

Blast from ‘self-made’ explosive injures three in Shanghai airport A blast caused by “self-made explosive materials” injured three people at a terminal in Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport on Sunday, the Shanghai Airport Authority said. The explosion occurred near the airport’s Terminal Two ticketing area shortly after 2 p.m. and the …

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North Korea restarts plutonium production for nuclear bombs

North Korea restarts plutonium production for nuclear bombs

North Korea restarts plutonium production for nuclear bombs North Korea has restarted production of plutonium fuel, a senior U.S. State Department official said on Tuesday, showing that it plans to pursue its nuclear weapons program in defiance of international sanctions. The U.S. assessment came a day after the U.N. nuclear …

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Dead tiger cubs found in Thai temple amid trafficking fears

Dead tiger cubs found in Thai temple amid trafficking fears

Dead tiger cubs found in Thai temple amid trafficking fears Thai wildlife authorities found 40 tiger cub carcasses in a freezer in Thailand’s infamous Tiger Temple on Wednesday as they removed live animals in response to international pressure over suspected trafficking and abuse. The Buddhist temple in Kanchanaburi province west …

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Big cats removed from Thailand’s infamous Tiger Temple

Big cats removed from Thailand's infamous Tiger Temple

Big cats removed from Thailand’s infamous Tiger Temple Wildlife authorities in Thailand have raided a Buddhist temple where tigers are kept, taking away 40 of the animals by Tuesday and vowing to confiscate scores more in response to global pressure over wildlife trafficking. The Buddhist temple in Kanchanaburi province west …

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Islamic State may be down, but it’s far from out

Islamic State may be down, but it’s far from out

Islamic State may be down, but it’s far from out Many experts are now speculating that Islamic State is experiencing its death knell. It is losing territory, its finances are being drained and the number of foreign fighters recruited has reportedly down to a trickle, dropped by as much as …

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Japan machinery orders points to spending slowdown

Japan machinery orders points to spending slowdown

Japan machinery orders points to spending slowdown Japan’s core machinery orders rose more than expected in March but companies expect orders to decline in the current quarter as firms become increasingly cautious due to a rising yen and weakness in overseas economies. The 5.5 percent rise in core orders was …

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China needs the private sector to step up

China needs the private sector to step up

China needs the private sector to step up Xia Xiaokang and Bruno Chen, who both run private-sector companies, are the sort of businessmen that Chinese leaders are increasingly concerned about as economic growth slows. Beijing is counting on the private sector to invest more in the economy and take up …

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