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Australia arms police in parliament

Australia yesterday announced the deployment of armed police inside the national parliament in the face of threats from extremists after foiling a plot by supporters of the Islamic State group to carry out “demonstration executions” in the country. “There will be armed federal police in andFULL STORY

Election-eve polls point to New Zealand cliffhanger

New Zealand political leaders made their final pitch to voters yesterday as election-eve polls pointed to New Zealand Prime Minister John Key scraping a win. Key, who is seeking a third term, said his support remained solid despite dirty tricks allegations against his center-right government, whileFULL STORY

Malaysian student receives one year in jail for sedition

A Malaysian court sentenced a student democracy activist to a year in jail yesterday after finding him guilty of sedition, drawing immediate condemnation from human rights groups who accuse the government of using the colonial-era law to stifle freedom of expression. Adam Adli was charged lastFULL STORY

Ebola shuts down Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone yesterday launched a controversial three-day shutdown to contain the spread of the Ebola virus, as the UN Security Council declared the deadly outbreak a threat to world peace. Most of Sierra Leone’s population of 6 million were confined to their homes from midnight, withFULL STORY

Manila suffers severe flooding after storm hits

Heavy rains from a storm and the seasonal monsoon caused widespread flooding yesterday in the Philippine capital and nearby cities and provinces, leaving three people dead and displacing tens of thousands. Local authorities reported thousands were evacuated early yesterday from severely inundated communities, some with rapidlyFULL STORY

Chinese troops withdraw from disputed India border

Chinese troops have begun pulling back from the disputed border with India, sources said yesterday, as Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) wrapped up a rare summit in New Delhi overshadowed by the standoff at the remote frontier. The row over an alleged incursion by hundreds ofFULL STORY

Chimps are inherently violent toward each other, study finds

Chimpanzees can be lethally violent to each other, but this stems from an inherent streak and not, as some have suggested, from human interference, a study said on Thursday. Zoologists, led by the famed Jane Goodall, have speculated for years on the causes of “chimpanzee wars”FULL STORY

South Korea fires warning shots at North’s patrol boat

South Korea fired warning shots yesterday after a North Korean patrol boat crossed a disputed maritime border to the west of the divided peninsula, the South’s military said. Such incidents are not unheard of along the tense sea border between the rivals, but it came onFULL STORY

Poroshenko denied NATO-ally request

The US welcomed Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday on a visit ringing with symbolism, which nevertheless underlined the limits of Western support for Kiev in its showdown with Russia. Poroshenko sat side-by-side with US President Barack Obama in the Oval Office and drew multiple standingFULL STORY

Sheriff says man killed daughter and six children

A once-convicted felon killed six of his grandchildren, including an infant, his adult daughter and himself in a shooting at the man’s home in a small town in rural northern Florida, a sheriff said. Gilchrist County sheriff Robert Schultz at a news conference on Thursday identifiedFULL STORY

Mexico sends in troops amid looting

Mexico sent in troops and police to safeguard thousands of tourists stranded in the storm-battered Mexican Pacific resort of Los Cabos on Thursday after widespread looting. Odile churned into the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula on Sunday as a Category 3 hurricane, wreaking havocFULL STORY

Pork cure, banana friction studies win Ig Nobels

There is some truth to the effectiveness of folk remedies and old wives’ tales when it comes to serious medical issues, according to findings by a team from Detroit Medical Center. Sonal Saraiya and her colleagues in Michigan found that packing strips of cured pork inFULL STORY

Venezuela accuses media of health scare conspiracy

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday accused CNN and other international media outlets of conspiring against his government by publishing what he called false reports of a mysterious illness. The head of the college of physicians in the city of Maracay sounded an alarm last weekFULL STORY

Airlines cease flights to Yemen as militias clash

Foreign airlines halted flights to the main international airport in Sana’a because of heavy fighting between Shiite rebels and Sunni militias in the Yemeni capital, the state civil aviation authority said yesterday. Battles erupted a day earlier between the Shiite rebels, known as the Hawthis, andFULL STORY

World News Quick Take

UNITED STATES Trafficking sanctions waived President Barack Obama has decided not to impose sanctions against Malaysia and Thailand for failing to meet minimum standards in combating human trafficking. In June, the two Southeast Asian nations were downgraded in the Department of State’s annual assessment of how governmentsFULL STORY

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