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Russia's 'tin pot despot' Putin behind spy's London murder, UK inquiry told

31 Jul 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin is a "tin pot despot" who, with Kremlin "cronies," was behind the 2006 poisoning murder of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London, the lawyer for his widow said on Friday.  ...
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Killer of Cecil the lion should be extradited, Zimbabwe says

31 Jul 2015
The American dentist who killed Cecil the lion a month ago in Zimbabwe paid for an illegal hunt and should be extradited to the southern African nation to face justice, environment minister Oppah Muchinguri said on Friday.   In a news...
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Beijing named as host city for 2022 winter Olympics

31 Jul 2015
Beijing was awarded the 2022 winter Olympics on Friday, beating Kazakhstan's Almaty in an International Olympic Committee vote to become the first city to have won both summer and winter editions of the world's biggest multi-sports...
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Britain's Cameron calls emergency meeting over Calais migrant crisis

31 Jul 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron convened a meeting of his government's emergency response committee to discuss what more it could do to tackle a spike in attempts by migrant to enter Britain illegally via the Channel Tunnel from France....
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Plane debris on remote island points to breakthrough in MH370 mystery

A woman writes on a banner of well wishes for the passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 14 March 2014.
31 Jul 2015
Plane debris washed up on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean is almost certainly part of a Boeing 777, a Malaysian official and aviation experts said, potentially the biggest breakthrough in the search for missing Flight...
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Tsipras seeks Greek ruling party members' vote on bailout

30 Jul 2015
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called on his divided Syriza party to ballot its members on whether Greece had any alternative to accepting a tough bailout, setting up a showdown with far-left rebels threatening to split the...
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Political prisoners, Chinese loggers among thousands freed in Myanmar amnesty

30 Jul 2015
Myanmar freed some political prisoners and 155 Chinese citizens jailed for illegal logging in an amnesty for nearly 7,000 people on Thursday, a move that could ease diplomatic tensions with influential neighbor China.   A total of 6,...
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Russia vetoes UN resolution on MH17 Tribunal

30 Jul 2015
Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution Wednesday that sought to set up a special tribunal to try those responsible for shooting down flight MH17 over Ukraine.   Eleven of the 15 members of the Security Council...
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India hangs Mumbai bomb plotter

30 Jul 2015
India has executed convicted bomb plotter Yakub Memon, according to Indian news channels. He was sentenced to death for his role in a series of co-ordinated attacks that killed hundreds of people in Mumbai in 1993.   Memon was hanged...
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Fur trade a goldmine for China's Olympic bid city

30 Jul 2015
China's proposed Winter Olympics co-host boasts pristine ski slopes carpeted with artificial snow, but the city once dubbed the country's "fur capital" is also home to tens of thousands of caged rabbits and mink bred for...
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