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Two Czech women kidnapped in Pakistan in 2013 freed: official

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Two young Czech women kidnapped in Pakistan in 2013 have been freed and are now in the Czech Republic, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Saturday. "I can confirm that Hana Humpalova and Antonie Chrastecka have already returned to the Czech Republic," Sobotka told the...(more) 



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Philippines dismisses China concerns over South China Sea military repairs

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The Philippines dismissed concerns by China over its plan to repair military facilities in South China Sea, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Saturday, insisting Manila has sovereign rights over territories in the disputed areas. The possible repair "is no way comparable to China's massive reclamation...(more) 



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Oregon ranchers in deal with federal government to protect sage grouse

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PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Oregon ranchers have reached a deal with the federal government aimed at conserving the greater sage grouse and its habitat while ensuring landowners won't face more restrictions if the bird is listed under the Endangered Species Act, officials said on Friday.  



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Shabab gunmen's siege at Somali hotel ends with 17 dead

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Somali government officials say they have taken control of the hotel where extremist gunmen were holed up for more than 12 hours in an attack that has left at least 17 people dead. 



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Nigeria votes in crunch presidential election

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Polling stations opened in Nigeria on Saturday, the electoral commission said, as voters went to the polls to elect a new president in what is being seen as the closest contest in the country's history. Accreditation has started," Independent National Electoral Commission spokesman Kayode Idowu told...(more) 



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Iran talks reach fever pitch amid calls for compromise

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Tough negotiations to end a decade-long standoff over Iran's suspect nuclear programme move into top gear Saturday, seeking to overcome stubborn hurdles as both sides urged painful compromises. US officials said Secretary of State John Kerry will meet his French and German counterparts on Saturday. After...(more) 



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What to Watch in the Cricket World Cup final

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Cricket World Cup final on Sunday will feature the tournament co-hosts and traditional sports rivals Australia and New Zealand. The Australians have won four World Cup titles from six previous finals. 



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Alps crash co-pilot 'made prediction'

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The co-pilot of the Germanwings Airbus which crashed in the French Alps predicted "one day everyone will know my name", his ex-girlfriend says. 



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Nashville 185 sq. ft. tiny home is a modern guesthouse

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To make an extra bit of income and to have a smaller home to live in for the future, this Nashville couple decided to build a modernist micro-home. 



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Crowds swell to bid farewell to Singapore's founder Lee ahead of funeral

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By Saeed Azhar SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Thousands of people gathered in Singapore on Saturday to bid farewell to former leader Lee Kuan Yew in an unprecedented wave of sympathy after authorities had to temporarily suspend queues overnight to manage surging crowds. The waiting time to enter...(more) 



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Top Asian News at 7:00 a.m. GMT

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BANGKOK (AP) — Ear tugs. A flying banana peel. Sarcastic remarks about getting smacked, or punched — or even executed. Such is life for the press corps covering Thailand's notoriously testy military ruler. Since leading a putsch that ousted Thailand's elected government last May, general-turned-prime minister...(more) 

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Search continues for at least 2 after NYC blast

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Emergency workers are searching for at least two people still missing after an apparent gas line explosion leveled three apartment buildings...         

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