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Rare quake hits South Korea

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SEOUL — A rare 5.4-magnitude earthquake hit South Korea’s southeast Wednesday afternoon, the second most powerful quake on record, in a country that seldom experiences significant tremors. The quake, which was felt across much of the country including in the…

Iran scrambles to aid victims of killer quake

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SAR-E POL-E ZAHAB, Iran -- Thousands of Iranians on Tuesday spent a third night in the cold as authorities scrambled to help those made homeless by a major earthquake that killed more than 400 people. As the country marked a…

After Iran quake

TEHRAN -- Tens of thousands of Iranians spent a second night in the open air after a 7.3-magnitude quake struck near the border with Iraq, killing more than 400. People who had fled their homes when the quake rocked the…

Gov’ts manipulate media with ‘bots,’ trolls — watchdog

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WASHINGTON -- More governments are following the lead of Russia and China by manipulating social media and suppressing dissent online in a grave threat to democracy, a human rights watchdog said Tuesday. A study of internet freedom in 65 countries…

IS corpses in Libya await fate in containers

MISRATA, Libya -- Hundreds of corpses of Islamic State fighters have lain stored for the past year in a row of refrigerated containers in the Libyan city of Misrata awaiting a final decision on their fate. “The temperature must be…

Defecting N.Korea soldier shot six times

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SEOUL -- A North Korean soldier involved in an extremely rare and dramatic defection to the South was shot six times by his own side as he drove to the heavily guarded border and ran across under a hail of…

Gay marriage foes seek ‘Religious freedom’ rules

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SYDNEY -- With Australia’s same-sex marriage poll widely expected to return a ‘yes’ majority this week, conservatives pushed Monday for protections for parents, school teachers and businesses which continue to defend a “traditional understanding of marriage”. The government has pledged…

Powerful quake

More than 200 killed as strong quake rocks Iran-Iraq border TEHRAN — More than 200 people were killed and hundreds more injured when a 7.3-magnitude earthquake shook the mountainous Iran-Iraq border triggering landslides that hindered rescue efforts, officials said Monday.…

Dashed dream

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CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico -- A group of Mexicans who served with the US military in Vietnam and Iraq only to be deported held a Veterans Day protest on Saturday in the border city Ciudad Juarez. A stone’s throw from the…

Two held over murder of elderly Dutch man in Bali

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JAKARTA - Two men have been arrested over the murder of an elderly Dutch man whose decomposing body was found at his home on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali. The corpse of Robert Gilhooad, 80, was found on November…

Cataclysmic fate

BONN -- The world must sharply draw down greenhouse gas emissions and suck billions of tons of carbon dioxide from the air if today's youth are to be spared climate cataclysm, a top scientist has warned. "This reality is being…

Asia-Pacific trade pact ok’d sans US

DANANG, Vietnam -- Ministers from 11 Asia-Pacific countries agreed Saturday to press ahead with a major trade deal without the United States, as the world's largest economy seeks to go it alone under President Donald Trump's "America First" policy. Trump…
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