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Indonesia Installs Top Businessman As Economic Chief Minister

JAKARTA, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday officially installed one of the richest men in the country, Chairul Tanjung, as coordinating minister for economy at the State Palace. Tanjung replaces Hatta Rajasa who resigned last week for competing the July presidential polls, as running mate of presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto from the Indonesian Great Movement Party. Tanjung, 51, ...

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Family Breaks Silence To Defend Captain Of Missing Malaysian Flight MH370

CANBERRA, The brother-in-law of Zaharie Ahmad Shah, Captain of Malaysian Airline flight MH370, spoke out for the first time publicly in a program by Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) broadcast on Monday night, saying reports about the captain having family problems or hijacking the plane in a political protest are "completely false". Asuad Khan spoke on behalf of his sister and wife of Captain Zahar ...

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Iran Arrests Three Over Mahabad Bombing

State says suspects linked to Kurdish separatists arrested in city where 12 died in 2010 attack on military parade. Iranian authorities have arrested three suspects over the deadly bombing of a military parade in 2010, the state news agency has reported. The IRNA on Sunday said the arrests were made in the Kurd-majority city of Mahabad, where 12 spectators were killed and dozens injured in the September 201 ...

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2 More Jawzjan Women Found Dead

  SHIBERGHAN: Two women have allegedly committed suicide in the Mangjik district of northern Jawzjan province, an official said on Sunday. Col. Abdul Malik Mamnoon, crime branch chief, said one woman died after drinking acid, while the cause of the second woman’s death remained unknown. But a brother of the second woman accused her in-laws of killing his sister. Mamnoon said Meera, 25, committed suicid ...

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China Reports Two New Human H7N9 Cases

GUANGZHOU, Health authorities in south China's Guangdong Province on Saturday reported two more human cases of H7N9 bird flu infection. A 37-year-old man surnamed Wu, a native of Zhongshan City, was confirmed to have been infected with H7N9 virus on Friday, said a statement issued by the provincial health and family planning commission. Another case was reported in the city of Meizhou, where a 86-year-old m ...

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Bangladesh Ends Massive Rescue After Sunken Ferry Salvaged With Some 12 Still Missing

  DHAKA, Death toll from Thursday's ferry capsizal in Bangladesh's central Munshiganj district has risen to 54 as authorities announced an end to the large-scale rescue operation on Saturday evening although around a dozen people still remained missing. The authorities made the announcement at about 3:00 p.m. (local time) after the sunken ferry was salvaged. er the sunken ferry was salvaged. "We'll con ...

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Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan Seek To Resolve Border Disputes

  DUSHANBE, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan had discussed ways to resolve their border demarcation disputes at a meeting here, local media reported Wednesday. The meeting, co-chaired by Tajik Deputy Prime Minister Murodali Alimardon and Kyrgyz Deputy Prime Minister Abdirakhman Mamataliev, touched upon recent border clashes between citizens of the two countries, which left at least 60 people injured. The majo ...

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String of Attacks Mark Beginning of Fighting Season

  Shortly after announcing start of summer fighting season, the Taliban organized multiple attacks across Afghanistan. According to the reports, Taliban militants opened fire and assaulted a government building in eastern province of Nangarhar while in Kabul two rocket attacks targeted the city’s international airport that had no casualties. The militants launched another attack on a police checkpoint ...

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Rebels Launch Attacks In 8 Kunar Towns

  Taliban insurgents launched coordinated attacks on security forces in eight districts of eastern Kunar province early Monday morning, with clashes in some areas still ongoing, police said. Kunar police chief, Brig. Gen. Abdul Habib Syedkhel, told Pajhwok Afghan News the rebel attacks had met stiff resistance in all eight districts. He said clashes in some areas were ongoing and fighters had retreated ...

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10 Dead, Several Hurt in Nangarhar Attack

  Ten people were killed and several others injured in a four-hour clash that erupted after rebels forced their way into the Justice Department in eastern Nangarhar province on Monday, officials said. The attack, which was launched at around 9:30am in Majboor Abad area of Jalalabad, ended at 1:30pm. Speaking to journalist, police chief Brig. Gen. Fazal Ahmad Sherzad said all three assailants had been e ...

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Afghanistan Looks To Resolve Hanging Of Nationals In Iran

Afghanistan's Foreign Ministry is expressing confidence it can reach agreement with Iranian authorities to stop hanging Afghan nationals found guilty of crimes in Iran. Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Shekib Mustaghni told Radio Free Afghanistan on May 10 the Afghan government has been raising the issue for months in discussions with Iranian officials. Mustaghni recalled just over a month ago four Afghan ...

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Chinese, Iranians to Help Retrieve Corpses

Chinese and Iranian experts have promised to help retrieve corpses buried under a deep layer of mud as a result of the May 2 landslide in northeastern Badakhshan province, a minister said on Saturday. About 2,500 people were buried under the rubble of 300 homes after the tragedy hit Argo district. But the district chief, the Independent Directorate of Local Governance and a number of other sources put the d ...

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Ariana Airlines plane made an emergency landing

An Afghan Ariana Airlines plane made an emergency landing at the Kabul International Airport on Thursday, an official said. Brig. Gen. Haq Nawaz Haqyar, a border police commander at the airport, told the emergency landing slight casualty to five passengers. For technical reasons, the jet slid off the runway, he said, adding the aircraft the stopped off the runway on its own was not damaged. About 130 passen ...

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Bodies to be retrieved, aid delivered: Karzai

KABUL: President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday toured the landslide-hit village in northeastern Badakhshan province and promised to build a residential township for those rendered homeless by the May 2 disaster. The massive landside in the Aab-i-Barik village of Argon district destroyed around 300 homes. About 700 families were forced to flee homes fearing further landslides following days of rains. Authorities ...

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Badakhshan Relief Efforts in Disarray

    As the disaster-hit people of Argo district in Badakhshan remain in desperate need for food and shelters, the relief efforts have been halted due to irregularities during distribution of aid materials. According to the reports, the irregularities that emerged on Tuesday to suspension of distribution of materials and many left the scene as result of gunshots and quarrels. As the devastating dis ...

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Lack of Orderly Means to Distribute Aid Is Latest Setback for Afghan Village

  By HABIB ZAHORI and AZAM AHMEDMAY 5, 2014 ABI BARAK, Afghanistan — An outpouring of aid has come to the remote village of Abi Barak, where a devastating landslide is likely to have claimed 2,100 lives and instantly left thousands homeless. Tents, water, food and blankets have streamed in from all quarters, including community donations and international contributions. But on Monday, it was clear that ...

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Monday’s earthquake Thailand’s strongest so far

  -- Monday's earthquake in northern Thailand was the strongest tremor originated from an epicenter within this country so far. Suchatvee Suvansavat, head of the Engineering Institute of Thailand, announced on Tuesday that the 6.3-magnitude earthquake with a seven-kilometer-deep epicenter in Phan district of the Thai northernmost province of Chiang Rai was the country's strongest tremor. The tremor, wh ...

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Six Wounded in Stabbing at China Rail Station

  Local reports say two attackers escaped after Guangzhou police opened fire, arresting one assailant and killing another. Six people have been wounded in a knife attack at a train station in Guangzhou in southern China, the latest in a string of violent episodes at public transport hubs. Police shot one of the attackers at the station on Tuesday, the city's public security bureau said in a statement, ...

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Govt doing little to assist us: landslide victims

  Victims of Friday’s massive landslide in the Argo district of northeastern Badakhshan province on Tuesday complained they had been delivered insufficient aid despite the passage of five days. But local officials claimed they had collected a large amount of aid, which would be distributed to deserving families after an investigation. More than 2000 people are believed dead and thousands displaced as a ...

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Senators seek end to Afghans’ execution in Iran

  Efforts are being made to convince the Iranian government into transferring the bodies of the Afghans executed in the neighbouring country, a senior official of the Foreign Ministry informed lawmakers on Tuesday. But Meshrano Jirga (Senate) members insisted the government must do all it could to ensure that the bodies were delivered to the victims’ relatives. A number of Afghans have been put to deat ...

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