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US President Obama Hails Burma’s ‘Remarkable Journey’

Burma is on a "remarkable journey" of reform that has much further to go, Barack Obama said as he made the first visit to the South East Asian nation by a serving US president. A desire for change had been met by an agenda of reform, he said, and he was there to extend a "hand of friendship". Nevertheless, in a speech at Rangoon University, he said recent violence in western Rakhine state had to be addresse ...

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Gaza Returns Deadly Rocket Fire On Israel

Five Palestinians have been killed by Israeli air strikes as militants fired around 250 rockets over the border, killing three Israelis. The latest violence on Thursday brings the total number of Gazans killed to 13 in 20 hours of Israeli air strikes, which also left at least 120 people injured. ...

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Woman Dies After Abortion Request ‘Refused’

The death of a woman who was 17 weeks pregnant is the subject of two investigations at University Hospital Galway in the Republic of Ireland. Savita Halappanavar's family said she asked several times for her pregnancy to be terminated because she had severe back pain and was miscarrying. Her family claimed it was refused because there was a foetal heartbeat. She died on 28 October. ...

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David Petraeus CIA Scandal Engulfs US Gen John Allen

The top US commander in Afghanistan, Gen John Allen, is being investigated for allegedly sending "inappropriate emails" to a woman at the centre of a scandal which ended the career of CIA head Gen David Petraeus. Gen Allen, who was nominated for the post after his impressive performance in Afghanistan, was seen as almost certain to be approved by the Senate. The holder of Nato's top military job in Europe i ...

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