Malaysian protesters march against Prime Minister Najib

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By Rozanna Latiff and Praveen Menon KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of protesters, undeterred by the arrests of opposition leaders, marched in Malaysia’s capital on Saturday demanding that Prime Minister Najib Razak step down. Protesters clad in yellow shirts marched through the heart of Kuala Lumpur bringing traffic to a standstill in several tourist spots, wrapping up peacefully ...

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Myanmar denies Bangladeshi accounts of Muslims trying to flee over border

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By Antoni Slodkowski YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s state media on Saturday denied Bangladesh border guards’ accounts of Rohingya Muslims fleeing conflict at home by trying to cross into the northern neighbor. A commanding officer of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) said on Friday his staff provided food and medicines to 82 people, including women and children, attempting to leave Myanmar but ...

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Congo authorities block opposition demonstration

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KINSHASA (Reuters) – Authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo blocked an opposition demonstration in the capital on Saturday aimed at putting pressure on President Joseph Kabila to step down next month at the end of his mandate, witnesses said. The rally was banned and security forces maintained a heavy presence. They also prevented activists and the U.N. peacekeeping mission in ...

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Iraqi troops face stiff resistance from IS in eastern Mosul

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MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi troops faced stiff resistance Saturday from Islamic State militants as they pushed deeper into eastern Mosul, backed by aerial support from the U.S.-led international coalition, a senior military commander said. At dawn, troops moved into the Muharabeen and Ulama neighborhoods after fully liberating the adjacent Tahrir neighborhood on Friday, said Maj. Gen. Sami al-Aridi of ...

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France trains eagles to down drones

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By Marine Pennetier PARIS (Reuters) – In a battle between ancient arts and modern technology, France’s army is teaching birds of prey to bring down remote-controlled drones when they enter no-go urban airspace. Four golden eagles are getting military training for combat against battery-charged drones that just about anybody can buy in a local store, and fly into security-sensitive zones ...

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Ashwin five-for puts India in control of 2nd Test

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Premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin claimed five wickets to help dismiss England for 255 and put India in firm control on the third day of the second Test in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. Ashwin, who recorded his 22nd five-wicket Test haul, ran through the England lower order to give the hosts a 200-run lead into the second innings as they did not ...

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All hospitals in East Aleppo out of action: health directorate

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By Angus McDowall BEIRUT (Reuters) – All hospitals in rebel-held eastern Aleppo are out of service after days of heavy air strikes on the besieged area of the Syrian city, its health directorate said late on Friday but a war monitor said some were still working. “This destruction of infrastructure essential to life leaves the besieged, resolute people, including all ...

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MPs approve 'most sweeping' surveillance powers

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London (AFP) – Parliament this week gave the green light to new bulk surveillance powers for police and intelligence services that critics have denounced as the most far-reaching of any western democracy. The Investigatory Powers Bill would, among other measures, require websites to keep customers’ browsing history for up to a year and allow law enforcement agencies to access them ...

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UK lawmakers approve 'most sweeping' surveillance powers

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London (AFP) – The British parliament this week gave the green light to new bulk surveillance powers for police and intelligence services that critics have denounced as the most far-reaching of any western democracy. The Investigatory Powers Bill would, among other measures, require websites to keep customers’ browsing history for up to a year and allow law enforcement agencies to ...

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