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Nobel laureate Suu Kyi says free judiciary is key to democracy in Myanmar

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut – Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says her country cannot be called a genuine democracy until it has an independent judiciary, even though it is undergoing a stream of breathtaking political and economic reforms. Suu Kyi, whose struggle for democracy and human rights in Myanmar earned her a Nobel Peace Prize, spoke at Harvard and ...

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Mars rover Curiosity finds evidence of ‘vigorous’ stream

NASA’s Curiosity rover, on Mars since August 6, has discovered gravel once carried by the waters of an ancient stream that “ran vigorously” through the area, the US space agency said. Scientists had previously found other evidence of the one-time presence of…

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Syrian refugee numbers are surging, U.N. says

GENEVA — The number of Syrians fleeing to neighboring countries for safety and aid is likely to exceed 700,000 by the end of the year, according to the United Nations and humanitarian agencies that are struggling to keep pace with the…

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Plane carrying 19 people crashes in Nepal: police

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – At least 19 people are feared dead after a plane crashed near Kathmandu in Nepal on Friday, a police official and state television said. The Dornier aircraft, owned by private firm Sita Air, was flying from Kathmandu to Lukla in the Mount Everest region, popular with foreign mountain climbers and trekkers. Kathmandu (Nepal) Nepal…

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Turkey seeks humanitarian corridors for Syria

The UN's failure to agree a way to deal with the worsening civil war in Syria has dominated the diplomatic week at the General Assembly in New York. The UN is only as strong as the collective will of the Security Council – and, on Syria, the five permanent members of the council are deeply divided. The split is along ...

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China’s economic slowdown, a sign of soft-landing: U.S. experts

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) — China’s economic slowdown appeared to be heading for a soft-landing, said experts here on Thursday in a forum sponsored by a U.S. think tank. China’s economy “is slowing because of policy efforts to cool investments and to control the housing boom, compounded with external headwinds”, said Markus Rodlauer, deputy director of IMF Asia and Pacific ...

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Anti-Islam film maker arrested

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the alleged filmmaker behind the video that sparked protests across the Muslim world, is being held in Los Angeles for violating terms of his probation. Nakoula, 55, was convicted in 2010 for federal check and sentenced to 21 months in prison. Under terms of his probation, he was not allowed to use computers or the Internet for ...

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Google’s Eric Schmidt catches ‘Gangnam Style’ bug

Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt met South Korean artist Psy this week, and even danced to the hit song ‘Gangnam Style’. Schmidt, who handed over the role of Google chief executive to Larry Page last year, is currently on a tour of East Asia, introducing the Nexus 7 small-screen tablet in Tokyo and South Korea. The Nexus 7, Google’s first ...

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Iranian Prez Ahmadinejad accuses West of ‘nuclear intimidation’

Tweet London, Sep. 27 (ANI): Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accused the West of nuclear “intimidation”, saying that it was using a ‘nuclear arms race’ to threaten other nations to accept the status quo. Ahmadinejad made his comments in his eighth and final speech at a debate of the UN General Assembly that was boycotted by the United States and…

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Greek party chiefs inch forward on austerity cuts

“There is a basic agreement (between party leaders), we’re moving forward to the final negotiations,” Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras told reporters after a meeting of the three leaders in Samaras’ conservative-led government. One of the three leaders, Fotis Kouvelis warned that sticking points remained. “There was agreement on the basic framework. There are…

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