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  • Top Asian News at 7:30 a.m. GMT

    SYDNEY (AP) — Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said. Queensland state police said they were called to the home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on Friday morning after receiving a report of a woman…

    Associated Press41 mins ago
  • 2004 tsunami: Horror of 'colorful mess' revealed

    Some 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia to India to Africa's east coast. Scores of Associated Press journalists covered the disaster, and as the 10th anniversary approached, the AP…

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  • Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnap 172 women, children in Nigeria

    By Lanre Ola MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped 172 women and children and killed 35 other people on Sunday during a raid on the northeast Nigerian village of Gumsuri, residents said on Thursday. Although no one has claimed responsibility, the attack bore the…

    Reuters
  • Rocket in French Guiana launches 4 satellites

    KOUROU, French Guiana (AP) — Arianespace has launched a rocket from French Guiana carrying four satellites that will expand telecommunications and Internet services in several continents.

    Associated Press
  • Climate change could cut world food output 18 percent by 2050

    By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Global warming could cause an 18 percent drop in world food production by 2050, but investments in irrigation and infrastructure, and moving food output to different regions, could reduce the loss, a study published on Thursday said. Globally,…

    Reuters
  • South Africa dominate with bat before rain

    South African captain Hashim Amla hit his third Test double century and Stiaan van Zyl made a hundred on debut before rain brought a premature end to the second day of the first Test on Thursday. Amla made 208 and the left-handed Van Zyl hit an unbeaten 101 as South Africa piled up 552 for five…

    AFP
  • Ebola: 11th Sierra Leone doctor dies; fire destroys supplies

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — One of Sierra Leone's most senior physicians died Thursday from Ebola, the 11th doctor in the country to succumb to the disease, a health official said.

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  • U.N. launches 2015 Syria appeal, focuses on helping refugees' host nations

    By Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations called on Thursday for more than $8.4 billion to help nearly 18 million people in need in Syria, wrecked by civil war, and across the region in 2015. As well as calling for cash for essential humanitarian aid for millions of…

    Reuters
  • Jimmy Carter call US-Cuba diplomacy 'courageous'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter says he is "proud and grateful" for the president's efforts to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba. Carter calls the shift in policy "courageous."

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  • Tropical deforestation threatens global food production

    By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tropical deforestation in the southern hemisphere is accelerating global warming and threatening world food production by distorting rainfall patterns across Europe, China and the U.S. Midwest, a study released on Thursday said. By 2050,…

    Reuters
  • Qatar: Building team to spring surprise in 2022

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) — It's a cold, hard fact of football: Countries with tiny populations don't generally beat big ones with deep wells of talented players.

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  • Top Asian News at 1:30 a.m. GMT

    SYDNEY (AP) — The siege at the Sydney cafe had been going on for more than five hours and 82-year-old John O'Brien had become convinced the gunman was insane and they would likely all end up dead. And so he made a decision, one he knew came with a cost: he was going to try to escape.

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  • Global life expectancy rises: study

    People around the world lived on average to a ripe old age of 71.5 in 2013, up from 65.3 in 1990, a study said Thursday, noting the gains came despite big increases in liver cancer and chronic kidney deaths. Global life expectancy rose by 5.8 years in men and 6.6 years in women between 1990 and…

    AFP
  • Key dates in US relations with Cuba

    Key events in U.S.-Cuba relations:

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  • Text of Obama's remarks on US-Cuba relations

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Text of President Barack Obama's remarks Wednesday on the release of American Alan Gross from a Cuban prison and on future diplomatic relations between the two countries. The text was provided by the White House:

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  • Nigerian budget slashed by slumping oil prices

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's finance minister presented a 2015 budget of $23 billion to parliament on Wednesday, slashed by nearly $3 billion to accommodate slumping oil prices.

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  • Nigeria's Buhari picks southern Christian lawyer as running mate

    ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's main opposition contender Muhammadu Buhari has picked southern Christian lawyer Yemi Osinbajo to be his running mate in elections set for February 2015, the party leader said on Wednesday. Choosing a Christian from the south to run for the number two job alongside a…

    Reuters