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Chile declares state of emergency after quake

The Chilean government declared a state of emergency in a central region Thursday after a magnitude-8.3 earthquake killed 11 people and caused widespread disruption. President Michelle Bachelet declared the state of emergency for the region around the port city of Coquimbo, near the epicentre of the quake which struck late …

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Gloves off as Republicans go after Trump

The 10 Republicans candidates facing off against frontrunner Donald Trump in the centre-right party’s second debate late Wednesday accused him of being a childish entertainer without the temperament to serve as president of the United States. “There’s a sophomoric quality that is entertaining about Mr Trump,” Senator Rand Paul said. …

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Australia drops first bombs on Syria

Australian warplanes have carried out their first air strike against Islamic State targets inside Syria, Defence Minister Kevin Andrews said on Wednesday. A Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 Super Hornet fired a missile and destroyed an armoured personnel carrier in eastern Syria, Andrews told the broadcaster ABC. “Two of our …

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22 migrants killed, 211 rescued after boat sinks off Turkey

A boat carrying more than 230 migrants sank off the Turkish coast while heading to a Greek island, killing 22 people, including four children, the Dogan news agency reported on Tuesday. The Turkish coast guard rescued 211 people, the report said, and brought them back to western Mugla province, along …

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3 Bangkok bombing suspects arrested in Malaysia

Three suspects have been arrested in Malaysia for possible involvement in a terrorist bombing that killed 20 people in Bangkok, the police chief said Monday. Two Malaysians and one Pakistani were arrested based on information provided by Thai authorities, Malaysian police Inspector General Khalid Abu Bakar said. “I confirm we …

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New species of human ancestor discovered

The history of humankind has changed with the discovery of a new human ancestor, Homo naledi, in the Cradle of Humankind, it was announced on Thursday. “Today I am pleased to introduce you to a new species… they are an extra-ordinary species,” said Professor Lee Berger. Some 1 550 fossils …

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Lebanon’s unprecedented sandstorm shuts down schools

Lebanon’s unprecedented, lethal sandstorm, now in its third day, forced the government on Wednesday to shut schools and public institutions over health concerns. The sandstorm caused the deaths of four people, while sending as many as 2 000 to hospitals due to breathing problems, a Health Ministry official told dpa. …

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Refugee rejects Australian-funded resettlement in Cambodia

A refugee has asked to return to Myanmar rather than stay in Cambodia, in the latest blow to a new Australian-run resettlement programme, a news report said on Monday. The member of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya community was one of only four refugees who accepted Australia’s offer of relocation from a …

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Earth’s 2014 forest loss double size of Portugal

Earth lost 18 million hectares of tree cover in 2014, with the worst spots topped by the Mekong River Basin and West Africa, a report released on Wednesday showed. The losses, equivalent to an area twice the size of Portugal, were the highest since 2001, the report said. Global Forest …

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