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Brazil Police Charged With Rio Murder over Amarildo Case

Rio de Janeiro - Ten Brazilian police officers have been charged with murdering Amarildo de Souza, a bricklayer who lived in Rio de Janeiro's biggest shanty town Rocinha. Mr Souza, 43, has not been seen since 14 July, when he was taken by police officers who were investigating drug-trafficking activities at the favela. A court ordered the arrest of the officers who all deny any involvement. The case has dra ...

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China’s Capital to Replace Some Coal-Fired Heating Plants

Beijing - China will replace four coal-burning heating plants in the capital Beijing with natural gas fired ones by the end of next year as it steps up efforts to clean up pollution, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday. The report, citing the city's Municipal Commission of Development and Reform, said the four plants and some 40 other related projects would cost around 48 billion yuan ($8 b ...

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Russia Dismisses Dutch Legal Action over Greenpeace Activists

Moscow - Russia shrugged off Dutch legal action over its detention and prosecution of Greenpeace activists for piracy, saying on Saturday the group's protest at an Arctic oil platform had been "pure provocation". The Netherlands launched legal proceedings against Russia on Friday, saying it had unlawfully detained activists and others on the Dutch-registered ship last month as it protested against drilling ...

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Egypt Tightens Security, Warns Muslim Brotherhood

Cairo- Egyptian authorities warned the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood on Saturday against staging violent protests and tightened security in all cities and strategic installations after clashes on Friday killed at least four people. Supporters of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi on Friday mounted their boldest demonstrations since troops crushed their protest camps demanding his reinstatement on August ...

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Syria Submits Further Details of its Chemical Arms Program

Damascus - Syria has given international experts additional details about its chemical weapons program that go beyond a September 21 declaration of its poison gas arsenal, the United Nations said on Friday. The team consists of experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague, Netherlands, with help from U.N. personnel. Last week, the U.N. Security Council demanded the elim ...

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Kerry Calls Government Shutdown a Brief Disruption

Washington - The partial shutdown of the U.S. government, which entered its fifth day on Saturday, is a "momentary episode" and does not change the U.S. commitment to Asia or elsewhere, Secretary of State John Kerry said. Kerry is acting as stand-in for President Barack Obama who canceled a tour of Asia, including a visit to the Indonesian resort island of Bali for a meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders, because ...

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Kenya Military Names Westgate Mall Attack Suspects

Nairobi - Four men believed to have carried out the deadly shopping centre attack in Nairobi last month have been named by the Kenyan military. The men were named as Abu Baara al-Sudani, Omar Nabhan, Khattab al-Kene and Umayr. No more details have been given about the suspects, but Kenya said previously that 10-15 militants were involved. The al-Shabab group said it carried out the attack on the Westgate ma ...

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Wolesi Jirga Briefed on Election Security

KABUL - Top security officials briefed Wolesi Jirga members behind closed doors on the current security environment and the measures taken to ensure holding of peaceful presidential and provincial council elections. The briefing comes at a time when the parliament has repeatedly expressed reservations in connection with security situation, stressing effective measures to ensure the 2014 polls are conducted ...

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Karzai Greets Cricketers on Emphatic Win

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Friday congratulated the national cricket team on scoring an emphatic win over Kenya in the second one-day match of the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League in Sharjah. By virtue of the seven-wicket victory, the Afghans earned a well-deserved spot in the 2015 World Cup, moving ahead of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) into second place. While greeting the ...

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Two More Join the Battle For Presidency

KABUL - With the presidential race gradually picking up steam, two more candidates on Saturday formally filed their nomination papers with the Independent Election Commission (IEC) for the 2014 vote. The number of presidential aspirants rose to six with the registration of Hashmat Ghani Ahmadzai, a brother of ex-finance minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, and Qutbuddin Hilal, a leader of the Gulbadin Hekmatyar- ...

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The Last-Minute Nominations

In past few days, there was a flurry of resignations from government posts, as many prominent political figures are preparing to nominate for the presidential elections. In the latest moves to nominate for election contests, Gen. Abdul Rashid Dustom, the chairman of joint chief of Staff of the Afghan National Army and Gul Agha Shirzai, the powerful governor of Nangarhar, resigned from their posts. Abdul Ras ...

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Italian Senate Panel to Decide Berlusconi’s Fate

Rome - A cross-party panel of the Italian Senate has gathered to decide whether to expel Silvio Berlusconi over his conviction for tax fraud. The former prime minister, who dominated the country's politics for nearly two decades, is expected to lose his seat in the Senate. He threatened to topple the coalition government over the issue but backed down during a confidence vote. If the panel votes against him ...

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Youths Burn Church, Riot in Kenya’s Mombasa after Imam Killed

Nairobi - Young Muslims set fire to a church, burned tires and clashed with police in Kenya's main port city of Mombasa on Friday, after the killing of an Islamic cleric his followers blamed on security forces. Sheikh Ibrahim Omar's death ignited religious tensions in the commercial and tourism hub in east Africa's largest economy, two weeks after Islamist militants killed at least 67 people in a raid on Na ...

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Thousands of Muslim Brotherhood Protesters March in Cairo

Cairo - Defying a crackdown, thousands of supporters of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood marched through a Cairo suburb on Friday toward the site of their former protest camp that was crushed by security forces in August, a Reuters witness said. Soldiers and policemen boosted their presence around Rabaa al-Adaweya mosque, the larger of the Brotherhood's two former Cairo sit-ins, as the march approached, the state ...

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Assad Says Turkey Will Pay for Backing Syrian Rebels

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told Turkey it will pay a heavy price for backing rebels fighting to oust him, accusing it of harboring "terrorists" along its border who would soon turn against their hosts. In an interview with Turkey's Halk TV due to be broadcast later on Friday, Assad called Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan "bigoted" and said Ankara was allowing terrorists to cross in ...

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Guinea’s Opposition Demands Annulment of Legislative Vote

Washington - US President Barack Obama has cancelled his trip to Asia because of the US government shutdown. Mr. Obama will miss two summits, including the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) meeting in Indonesia. The decision was made due to the "difficulty in moving forward with foreign travel in the face of a shutdown", the White House said. The US government closed non-essential operations after t ...

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Baradar May Meet Taliban Leaders in Saudi Arabia

KABUL - Senior Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who was freed by the Pakistan government last month, is likely to meet his former colleagues in Saudi Arabia, a media report said on Friday. Following his release on Sept. 21, the Taliban’s second in command was kept in a safe house in the port city of Karachi before being shifted earlier this week to Peshawar, where he was to seek support from Talib ...

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Afghanistan Earn 2015 World Cup Spot

Sharjah - Afghanistan earned a well-deserved spot in the 2015 World Cup on Friday when they trounced Kenya by seven wickets in the second one-day match of the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League in Sharjah. Skipper Mohammad Nabi smashed a superb unbeaten 46, as Afghanistan produced a second remarkable performance in as many days to reach the significant milestone of qualifying for the c ...

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Don’t Meddle in Poll Process, Karzai Orders Security Forces

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Friday directed security forces to ensure the protection of election offices, workers and voters to ensure next year’s polls were conducted in a transparent and inclusive fashion. In a 13-article decree regarding security organs’ role in the polls, the president ordered defence and interior ministries, as well as the National Directorate of Security (NDS), to devise an effe ...

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Election Nomination Takes Momentum

The election nomination process took a momentum after political heavyweight Abdullah Abdullah filed officially his nomination for presidency with the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesday. Along Abdullah, two of his would-be aides Eng. Mohammad Khan, a senior member of the Hizb-e Islamic Party and Mohammad Mohaqqiq, the leader of the Hizb-e Wahdat Mardom party also nominated for contesting in the ...

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