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    Syria war crimes claim 'rhetoric', says Putin

    BBC | Updated at 09:50am on October 13, 2016

    Russian president Vladimir Putin has dismissed suggestions that Russia could face war crimes charges over its bombardment of Syria's second city Aleppo...

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    Trump touched us inappropriately, two women tell New York Times

    Reuters | Updated at 09:05am on October 13, 2016

    Two women accused Donald Trump of inappropriate touching in a story posted on the New York Times website on Wednesday, accusations his spokesman called ‘fiction’ but which may further damage the Republican presidential nominee's campaign...

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    Syrian bomb plotter commits suicide in German police custody

    Reuters | Updated at 08:25am on October 13, 2016

    A Syrian migrant suspected of planning a bomb attack on a Berlin airport has committed suicide in a detention centre in Leipzig, the justice ministry for the state of Saxony said on Wednesday...

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    Palestinian officer jailed after criticising Abbas for attending Peres funeral

    Reuters | Updated at 09:25pm on October 12, 2016

    A Palestinian court in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday sent a military officer to jail for criticising president Mahmoud Abbas after he attended the funeral of former Israeli president Shimon Peres, the officer's lawyer said...

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    Indian soldiers kill two Kashmir militants in three-day standoff

    Associated Press | Updated at 06:10pm on October 12, 2016

    The Indian army says a three-day standoff between its soldiers and suspected rebels in Indian-controlled Kashmir has ended with the killing of two militants...

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    Pro-democracy Hong Kong lawmakers defy China in oath taking

    Associated Press . Hong Kong | Updated at 06:22pm on October 12, 2016

    A swearing-in ceremony to kick off Hong Kong’s legislative session descended into farce on Wednesday as newly elected pro-democracy lawmakers intentionally mangled their oaths in a show of defiance against Beijing...

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    Extensive blackout in Tokyo hits trains, government offices

    Associated Press | Updated at 04:10pm on October 12, 2016

    An extensive blackout struck Tokyo on Wednesday, affecting government offices and halting trains in the Japanese capital just before the evening rush hour...

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    Trump would be ‘dangerous’ from global viewpoint: UN rights boss

    Reuters | Updated at 03:05pm on October 12, 2016

    If Republican candidate Donald Trump is elected president of the United States, it would be ‘dangerous from an international point of view,’ the top United Nations human rights official said on Wednesday...

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    12 dead in clashes in Myanmar's Rakhine state

    Agence France-Presse | Updated at 10:30am on October 12, 2016

    Four Myanmar soldiers were killed and one was injured on Tuesday when troops were attacked by suspected Muslim insurgents near the country's border with Bangladesh, an official said...

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    Kabul shrine attack kills 14 during Ashura

    BBC | Updated at 09:21am on October 12, 2016

    At least 14 people have been killed in an attack on a shrine in the Afghan capital, Kabul as Shia Muslims prepared for a religious day of mourning...