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July 29, 2015
China escalator swallows toddler's mother: report
Beijing (AFP) July 27, 2015
A woman was killed after she plunged through flooring over an escalator in a Chinese department store, reports said Monday, thrusting her toddler to safety as she fell to her death. Xiang Liujuan, 30, was holding her son in front of her as they went up the stairway on Saturday, the Wuhan Evening News said. Security camera footage of the incident posted online showed a panel in the floor giving way as Xiang stepped off the escalator. As she fell half-way through she pushed her son forward, and a ... read more

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Harrowing accounts of girls forced into prostitution and modern slavery opened a two-day conference at the Vatican Tuesday, at which mayors from around the world testified to their efforts to fight forced labour and global warming. ... more
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Nepal quake forces 'living goddess' to break decades of seclusion
When a massive earthquake struck Nepal in April, Nepal's longest-serving "living goddess" was forced to do the unthinkable - walk the streets for the first time in her life, she told AFP in a rare interview. ... more
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Latest US shooting sparks debate over military gun ban
They take weapons into battle in far-away lands, so why shouldn't members of the US military be able to carry guns when they're off-duty and on home soil? ... more
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Nepal unveils subsidy-heavy $8.19 bn post-quake budget
Nepal's government Tuesday unveiled the first budget drawn up since April's massive earthquake, with a focus on funding reconstruction and reviving the battered economy through subsidies and low-cost loans. ... more
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S. Korea selects China consortium for Sewol ferry salvage
A Chinese-led consortium was selected Wednesday as the preferred bidder to take on the massive task of raising the South Korean passenger ferry that sank last year with the loss of more than 300 lives, most of them schoolchildren. ... more
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Free meals offer comfort to Nepal quake victims
The arrival twice a day of a white van holding the promise of a hot meal provides rare comfort to thousands of homeless quake victims in the Kathmandu valley. ... more
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Global warming to fuel migration, terrorism: report
Global warming-induced food and water shortages may cause mass migration, competition for resources and state failure, providing fertile ground for conflict and terrorism, analysts warned Monday. ... more
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The governor of California has likened the state of the planet to the Titanic in an attempt to drive home his growing fears about climate change. ... more
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Amnesty urges EU to focus on rescuing migrants
Amnesty International on Thursday warned European leaders against re-deploying warships used to rescue migrants to instead take on people-smuggling gangs, saying thousands of lives had been saved in the past months. ... more
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Pope takes message to defend poor, environment to Bolivia
Pope Francis headed to Bolivia on Wednesday, ready to share his message in defense of the poor and the environment on the second leg of a three-nation tour of his home region. ... more
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Nepal quake: Flat owners baulk at return to high-life
His luxury flat had views of the Himalayas to make the heart soar but Dan Bahadur Budhathoki is going to take some persuading to move back into Kathmandu's 17-storey Park View Horizon apartment block. ... more
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The Cessna 172 airplane dangled 82 feet in the air - looking almost like it was coming in for a landing, except for the cables attaching it to a huge gantry at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hamp ... more
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Sri Lanka probes WFP over tsunami SUV gifts
The World Food Program is being investigated in Sri Lanka for gifting luxury duty-free vehicles to a charity headed by former president Mahinda Rajapakse's wife, officials said Tuesday. ... more
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Brazil orders search-and-rescue aircraft
The Brazilian Air Force is to receive three aircraft specifically designed for search-and-rescue operations from Airbus Defense and Space. ... more
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Rain hampers search for India landslide victims
Heavy rains were hampering a search for residents feared buried under piles of debris as the death toll from landslides in India's tea-growing region of Darjeeling reached 38, police said Thursday. ... more
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Quake aid supplies stuck at Nepal customs: UN official
Overly zealous customs officials and the imposition of taxes on donations are hampering aid deliveries to quake-devastated Nepal ahead of the imminent arrival of monsoon rains, a senior UN official said Wednesday. ... more
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Quake-devastated Nepal Thursday hailed international donors, led by India and China, for surpassing expectations and pledging $4.4 billion for reconstruction, as the country's premier vowed "zero tolerance" of corruption and said all aid would go to victims. ... more
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Quake-hit Nepal appeals for aid to rebuild country
Nepal is to host a major meeting of donors Thursday to raise funds to rebuild the quake-devastated country, hoping to dispel doubts that money will be lost to corruption and reconstruction hamstrung by red tape. ... more
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Frustration as tourists stay away from quake-hit Nepal
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Nepal quake leaves remote villages cut off as rains begin
For the villagers of Sirdibas in Nepal, one of hundreds of isolated mountain communities dotting the vast Himalayan region, a trip to the nearest market meant a difficult three-day journey by donkey even before the recent 7.8-magnitude earthquake. ... more
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Malaysia on Thursday insisted it was committed to completing the hunt for missing flight MH370 despite not renewing its contract with one of three search vessels scanning the Indian Ocean seabed. ... more
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EU approves military mission to tackle migrant smugglers: sources
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Muhammad Yunus came ashore in Indonesia by accident after a harrowing boat journey - but he and hundreds of other Rohingya migrants are delighted to be spending Islam's holiest month in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country. ... more
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Escaped tiger kills man in Georgia
A rare white tiger that escaped from Tbilisi zoo in a freak flood mauled a man to death in the Georgian capital on Wednesday before being shot dead by police, officials said. ... more
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