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April 15, 2014
Philippine leader receives draft law for Muslim self-rule
Manila (AFP) April 14, 2014
Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Monday formally received a draft law representing a crucial step towards the creation of an autonomous area for the country's Muslim minority, following a historic peace deal. Aquino received the Bangsamoro Basic Law from a special transition committee headed by representatives of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), once the main Muslim rebel group in the majority-Catholic Philippines, his aides said. The law will speed up the process of creating the ... read more

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Hong Kong democracy activists urge West to speak out
Two prominent Hong Kong democracy campaigners on Wednesday urged Western powers to speak out against what they described as Beijing's growing interference in the semi-autonomous financial hub. ... more
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No joke as 'Russian Facebook' founder resigns amid dispute
The founder of Russia's top social network VKontakte, Pavel Durov, on Wednesday said he has resigned as chief executive in a bitter conflict with a major shareholder, a dramatic announcement some initially saw as an April Fool's joke. ... more
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World execution toll rose in 2013: Amnesty
The number of known executions worldwide rose to at least 778 last year following a surge in Iraq and Iran, Amnesty International said Thursday, but China remains the world's biggest state executioner by far. ... more
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Suu Kyi among spectators at Myanmar army parade
Tanks and missile carriers rumbled through Myanmar's showpiece capital Thursday as fighter jets soared overhead at an annual parade attended by top generals and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. ... more
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Egypt's Sisi ditches army fatigues, quits as defence minister
Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ditched his military fatigues on Thursday and resigned as Egypt's defence minister, a day after announcing he would run for president. ... more
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Egypt's Sisi announces run for presidency
Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Wednesday he had quit the military to run for president and vowed to rid the country of "terrorism" almost nine months after he toppled its elected leader. ... more
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Serbia's centre-right wins snap poll by landslide: estimate
Serbia's ruling centre-right SNS party was set for a landslide victory in snap polls Sunday, according to estimates, cementing its grip on power after pledging tough economic reforms and a route into the EU. ... more
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Serbia's centre-right wins snap poll by landslide: estimate
Serbia's ruling centre-right SNS party was set for a landslide victory in snap polls Sunday, according to observer estimates, cementing its grip on power after pledging tough economic reforms and a route into the EU. ... more
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Ukraine won't intervene in Crimea, referendum a 'sham': president
Ukraine will not intervene militarily in the separatist peninsula of Crimea, in order to avoid exposing its eastern border, Ukraine's acting president told AFP Tuesday in an exclusive interview. ... more
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China warns Hong Kong against taking foreign voting model: report
A Chinese official warned Thursday of possible "disastrous results" if Hong Kong adopts a foreign electoral system as it mulls political reform, according to a report. ... more
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NATO wants international observers sent to Ukraine
NATO allies on Sunday urged the deployment of international observers to Ukraine and said the alliance sought "to engage" with Moscow at NATO-Russia talks. ... more
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Thousands rally in Hong Kong after brutal attack on editor
Thousands took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday to protest against threats to press freedom in the city, days after a former newspaper editor was attacked with a cleaver in broad daylight. ... more
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Hong Kong media vow not to be intimidated after attack
Hong Kong journalists vowed Thursday not to be intimidated by a savage attack on a veteran colleague that has stoked fresh concerns for media freedom, declaring "they can't kill us all". ... more
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Stable, independent Ukraine key to Europe security: NATO
A sovereign, independent and stable Ukraine is essential to security in Europe and beyond, NATO said Wednesday as tensions between pro- and anti-Russian factions stoked fears the country could break apart. ... more
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Rights group claims Myanmar has discrimination policy
A human rights group said "leaked documents" show Myanmar's government has an official policy of discrimination against Muslim Rohingya, including restricting family size. ... more
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Blind activist sees Ukraine-like revolution on Chinese horizon
Exiled, blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng laments that Beijing is cracking down harder than ever on human rights defenders, but says the leadership should brace for a Ukraine-style uprising. ... more
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Longest-serving US congressman to retire
The longest-serving member of the US Congress called it quits after 58 years in office Monday, drawing the curtain on a career that began before President Barack Obama was born. ... more
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NATO, Ukraine officials to meet: source
NATO defence ministers will meet a delegation from Ukraine on Thursday to discuss the situation in the country after the ouster of president Viktor Yanukovych, a NATO official said. ... more
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Russia transfers anti-Olympics activist to penal colony: group
Russian authorities have transferred a leading critic of the environmental cost of the Sochi Olympics to a penal colony after ordering him to serve a three-year prison term, his group said Monday. ... more
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NATO praises Ukraine army for staying out of crisis
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Sunday praised Ukraine's army for staying out of the political crisis rocking the "close partner" of the Western alliance. ... more
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Turkey abolishes special military tribunals
Turkey's parliament passed a law Friday abolishing specially appointed courts that have convicted hundreds of military officers for coup plotting. ... more
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Argentina, Brazil said to fret over Venezuela spillover
An Arab Spring-like contagion of discontent and protest sweeping through Venezuela is worrying leaders in Argentina and Brazil for its potential spillover, analysts say. ... more
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Thai protesters want protection after attack that killed child
Anti-government protesters in Thailand are demanding greater protection after gunmen opened fire on a rally, killing a 5-year-old girl and wounding 30 people. ... more
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India's Modi targets China in election speech
India's opposition leader Narendra Modi, favourite to win this year's polls, on Saturday warned neighbour China to shed its "expansionist mindset" as he toured a disputed region in the remote northeast. ... more
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