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Thailand's ruling junta lifts martial law

Thai Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks at a meeting to discuss the 2015 national budget, at the Army Club in Bangkok, 13 June 2014.
01 Apr 2015
Thailand's ruling junta announced in a televised statement on Wednesday that it had lifted martial law, in place across the country since just before a coup 10 months ago.   The military will retain sweeping powers after the junta...
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Iraq's interior minister says most of Tikrit is liberated, fight goes on

01 Apr 2015
Iraqi troops and Shi'ite paramilitary fighters were battling Islamic State militants in northern Tikrit Wednesday, as the government forces sought to push the extremist group from the city.   Iraq's Interior Minister Mohammed...
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Palestinians prepared to trigger case as they join ICC

Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat (L) helps Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as he signs international conventions during a meeting with Palestinian leadership in the West Bank City of Ramallah 1 April 2014.
01 Apr 2015
The Palestinian Authority joined the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, a move deeply opposed by Israel, vowing to hand over suspects to The Hague, including their own government officials. The Palestinians, who became the...
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Israel expects hundreds of civilian casualties in next war with Hezbollah

© AFP/File | An Israeli armoured vehicle patrols along the Israeli-Lebanese border near the disputed Shebaa Farms
 
 
 
01 Apr 2015
Israel could suffer hundreds of civilian dead and damage to its vital infrastructure from Hezbollah rockets if it fights another war with the Iranian-backed Lebanese guerrilla group, according to Israeli military assessments.   The...
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Residents, medics: Explosion at Yemen factory kills at least 25

Saudi Arabia's military operation in Yemen
01 Apr 2015
An explosion at a dairy factory in Yemen's Hodaida port killed at least 25 workers, medical sources said, with conflicting accounts attributing the blast to an air strike by a Saudi-led alliance or to a rocket landing from a nearby...
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Bild: Video shows last seconds of Germanwings flight before crash

01 Apr 2015
A video showing the chaotic final seconds on board the Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps last week has been discovered near the site, Germany's Bild daily reported on Wednesday, saying it had seen the footage.  ...
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Iran nuclear talks extended; Russia says deal within reach

01 Apr 2015
Six world powers and Iran met again on Wednesday in a bid to reach a preliminary accord on reining in Tehran's nuclear programme, after failing to agree crucial details such as the lifting of UN sanctions by a midnight deadline....
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Italy and Vatican sign deal to exchange financial, tax information

Pope Francis arrives for the Divine Liturgy at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul, November 30, 2014. CREDIT: REUTERS/OSMAN ORSAL
01 Apr 2015
The Vatican and Italy on Wednesday signed an agreement to share financial and tax information and the Holy See pledged full cooperation and transparency with its neighbour.   The deal, which was announced in two separate statements...
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Thai man jailed for 25 years for insulting monarchy on Facebook

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01 Apr 2015
Rights groups Wednesday lambasted a Thai military court for jailing a businessman for 25 years for making allegedly defamatory Facebook posts about the monarchy, one of the toughest known sentences for lese majeste.   The sentencing...
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Palestinians officially join International Criminal Court

© AFP/File | Palestinian flags fly on a square in the new Palestinian city of Rawabi, just north of Ramallah in the West Bank, August 6, 2013
 
 
 
01 Apr 2015
Palestine formally joined the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, opening the door to the prosecution of Israelis for war crimes amid a stalled peace process.   The accession was marked at a behind-closed doors ceremony at the...
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