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Twin suicide bombers attack church in Quetta ahead of Christmas, killing eight

Two suicide bombers attacked a packed Catholic church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least eight people and wounding up to 45 before one of them blew himself up and police killed the other, officials said. The gunmen wearing explosives-filled vests stormed the church in Quetta city when Sunday services had just opened, exploding a suicide vest and shooting at the Christian wors...


FCC votes to repeal US net neutrality rules

The Federal Communications Commission has voted to end the 2015 Open Internet Order which protects net neutrality in the United States. The decision was taken during a much-anticipated meeting in Washington, DC, on Thursday. Net neutrality requires all internet service providers (ISPs) to treat all data equally, without blocking, throttling or censoring services or websites. The vote - t...


While focus is on North Korea, China continues South China Sea buildup

While attention in Asia has been distracted by the North Korean nuclear crisis in the past year, China has continued to install high-frequency radar and other facilities that can be used for military purposes on its man-made islands in the South China Sea, a U.S. think tank said on Thursday. Chinese activity has involved work on facilities covering 72 acres (29 hectares) of the Spratly and Para...


Ex-president Saleh dead after switching sides in Yemen's civil war

Veteran former president Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed in a roadside attack on Monday after switching sides in Yemens civil war, abandoning his Iran-aligned Houthi allies in favor of a Saudi-led coalition, foes and supporters said. Analysts said Salehs death would be a huge moral boost for the Houthis and a serious blow to the Saudi-led coalition that intervened in the conflict to try to restor...


Activists smuggling films and music on USB sticks in the secret information war for the minds of North Koreans
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Activists smuggling films and music on USB sticks in the secret information war for the minds of North Koreans

On a dirt path along the Chinese border, a man slips under a barbed wire fence with a package he hopes can bring down the North Korean regime from within. He scrambles down to the rocky shoreline before casting it into the Waters, bound for the North Korean soldiers on the other bank. His weapon is not a bomb or a covert spying device, but a bundle of USB sticks strapped to a tyre tube and l...


Australia's Big Wet - stay indoors and be alert (Updates and General guidelines)

The big wet, as it is being referred to has hit Australias southern regions. SA was drenched overnight on Thursday, and Melbourne experienced its first showers early Friday morning. The rain is expected to hit Canberra in the afternoon. Sydney should be spared today but rainfall is expected on Saturday and Sunday. Victoria to be hit worst: The worst to be hit by the rain is the state of V...


Dahal says he wishes to trigger final push for development

CPN (Maoist Centre) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said he wished to trigger a significant push for development in the country. While talking to journalists here today, leader Dahal who is also the House of Representative election candidate from the Chitwan constituency no 3, he pledged to engage himself to the development of the nation as per the interests of the people. Have a trust on me...


Same-sex marriage bill clears Australia's Senate
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Same-sex marriage bill clears Australia's Senate

Australias upper house Senate on Wednesday passed a measure to legalize same-sex marriage, perhaps as soon as next week, after lawmakers dismissed a conservative push to allow religious objectors to refuse service to same-sex couples. Australians overwhelmingly endorsed legalizing same-sex marriage in a postal survey run by the national statistics agency and the bill easily passed the Senate by...


Manus Island: 'Concerned' doctors offer to treat asylum seekers
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Manus Island: 'Concerned' doctors offer to treat asylum seekers

A group of senior Australian doctors has sent a letter to the nations government offering free treatment to asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea. On Friday, about 300 asylum seekers left a former Australian-run detention centre on PNGs Manus Island in what the UN called a forcible removal. The men have expressed fears for their safety on Manus Island, where they are now housed in transit centr...


Bali Mt. Agung volcanic ash spreads, airport shut down, locals and tourists worry
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Bali Mt. Agung volcanic ash spreads, airport shut down, locals and tourists worry

Early Monday morning, Ngurah Rai International Airport, the main gateway for tourists to Bali, has been closed and a red alert issued. Balis Mt. Agung erupted for the second time in a week yesterday and an eruption is imminent, experts say. All flights to Bali have been cancelled as volcanic ash can severely damage an aircrafts engine. Airlines have issued notices and apologised for the inconv...


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