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Sinopec oil pipeline blast in east China kills 22: Xinhua

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An explosion at a Sinopec Corp oil pipeline early on Friday killed 22 people in east China's Qingdao city, state media reported.

United States gives Afghanistan year-end deadline for crucial security deal

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President Hamid Karzai triggered uncertainty about a vital security pact with the United States on Thursday by saying it should not be signed until after Afghanistan's presidential election next April, prompting the White House to insist on a year-end deadline.

U.S. says 'very hard' to clinch deal as Iran nuclear talks resume

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Major powers resumed talks on Wednesday on a preliminary agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program with the United States warning it would be "very hard" to clinch a breakthrough deal this week and Tehran flagging "red lines".

Afghan-U.S. security pact unfinished a day before key Kabul debate

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The text of a security pact between the United States and Afghanistan that sets out a military blueprint once Washington starts pulling out its troops after 2014 is unfinished a day before thousands of Afghan elders were due to start debating it.

Indonesia relations with Australia turn to ice over phone tapping

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Indonesia's froze a broad range of cooperation with Australia on Wednesday after reports that its neighbor had tried to eavesdrop on mobile phone conversations of top Indonesian officials, taking relations to their lowest point in 14 years.

Syria's chemical weapons may be destroyed at sea - sources

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Syria's chemical weapons could be processed and destroyed out at sea, say sources familiar with discussions at the international body in charge of eliminating the toxic arsenal.

Iranian lawmakers demand government stick to nuclear program

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Iranian parliamentarians gathered signatures on Tuesday to demand that the government carry on enriching uranium to levels of 20 percent, a move that could complicate nuclear talks between Iran and world powers in Geneva this week.

Philippines says typhoon rebuilding cost may be up to $5.8 billion

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The cost of rebuilding houses, schools, roads and bridges in typhoon-devastated central Philippines could reach 250 billion pesos ($5.8 billion), making it likely that the government will seek cheap loans from development agencies, a senior official said on Tuesday.

Indonesian, Australia leaders trade jabs over spying allegations

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The leaders of Indonesia and Australia traded punches on Tuesday in a row over alleged spying by Canberra, with both sides refusing to back down in a growing rift between the two often uneasy neighbors.

'Alarming exploitation' of workers in Qatar: Amnesty

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Qatar's construction industry is rife with abuse of migrant workers who are "treated like cattle" and live in squalid accommodations, Amnesty International said on Sunday while calling on world soccer's governing body to help with the situation.

Philippines' Aquino 'tempted to despair' at typhoon toll

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The United Nations expressed fear on Monday that some Philippine islands hit by a giant typhoon have not been reached 10 days after disaster struck and President Benigno Aquino said the scale of suffering "tempted him to despair".

Boeing airliner crashes in Russian city of Kazan, 50 killed

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A Boeing 737 airliner crashed on Sunday in the Russian city of Kazan, killing all 50 people on board and spotlighting the poor safety record of regional airlines that ply internal routes across the world's largest nation.

Slovenian PM wins confidence vote, but bailout risk remains

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Slovenia's government won a confidence vote on Thursday over its efforts to avert an international bailout, even as the imminent cost of a bank clean-up risks tipping the euro zone country's finances over the edge.

With 'loving kindness', Myanmar frees 69 political prisoners

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Myanmar released 69 political prisoners on Friday in an amnesty the government described as an act of "loving kindness" in line with President Thein Sein's promise to free all prisoners of conscience by year-end.

Philippine typhoon death toll jumps; U.S. helicopters boost aid effort

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The death toll from a powerful typhoon that swept the central Philippines nearly doubled overnight, reaching 4,000, as helicopters from a U.S. aircraft carrier and other naval ships began flying food, water and medical teams to ravaged regions.

Aquino under pressure over typhoon aid, U.S. carrier on its way

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Philippine President Benigno Aquino was under growing pressure on Thursday to speed up the distribution of food, water and medicine to desperate survivors of a powerful typhoon and to revive paralyzed local governments.

Leader's death plunges Pakistan Taliban into dangerous disarray

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The killing of one of Pakistan's most wanted Islamic militants in a U.S. drone strike has exposed centuries-old rivalries within the group he led, the Pakistani Taliban, making the insurgency ever more unpredictable and probably more violent.

Mursi says he was kidnapped before being removed by army

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Deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi said on Wednesday he was kidnapped by the Republican Guard and then held at a naval base the day before the military formally ousted him in July.

Desperate Philippine typhoon survivors loot, dig up water pipes

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Desperation gripped Philippine islands devastated by Typhoon Haiyan as looting turned deadly on Wednesday and survivors panicked over delays in supplies of food, water and medicine, some digging up underground water pipes and smashing them open.

U.S., Britain send warships to help Philippine relief efforts

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A U.S. aircraft carrier set sail for the Philippines on Tuesday to accelerate relief efforts after a typhoon killed an estimated 10,000 people in one coastal city alone, with fears the toll could rise sharply as rescuers reach more isolated towns.

Iran foreign minister blames West for nuclear talks breakdown

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hit back at U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry late on Tuesday and blamed divisions between Western powers for the failure of talks over Tehran's disputed nuclear program in Geneva last week.

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