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Indonesia's oil and gas watchdog chief has been arrested on suspicion of taking bribes from a private oil company, anti-corruption officials said on Wednesday.
The US government began a court bid on Tuesday to block the merger of American Airlines and US Airways, warning it would lead to higher fares and fees.
Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

One man killed during Islamists' strike

Clashes between Bangladesh police and opposition activists left one man dead and about 20 injured today in the second day of a political general strike.
Trade unions at South Korean car firm Hyundai and its affiliate Kia Motors said today that their members have voted to strike after pay and benefits talks collapsed.
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 00:00

North Carolina restricts right to vote rules

by Ben Chacko Rights campaigners expressed fury today after North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed a law restricting the right to vote.
Israel sparked outrage today as an official announced that another 900 new settlers' houses would be built in Palestinian east Jerusalem.
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 00:00

Mexico opens oil industry to privateers

Mexico's left expressed suspicion today after President Enrique Pena Nieto proposed lifting a decades-old ban on private-sector involvement in the oil industry.
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 00:00

Mugabe vows to complete 'black empowerment'

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said today his party had won "a resounding mandate" to complete its controversial "black empowerment" programme.
Billionaire New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed today to appeal against a ruling that the city's police have "illegally and systematically" used racial profiling in stop-and-searches.
Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:00

Military halts crackdown on protest camps

Egyptian security officials said today that the government had postponed a plan to disperse two sit-ins by supporters of the country's ousted president Mohammed Morsi to "avoid bloodshed."
A South African woman trade union leader was gunned down at Lonmin's troubled Marikana mine today.
The European Central Bank said today that banks hit by the global financial crisis have cut 20,000 branches across the European Union.
Deadlock over Cambodia's disputed election hardened today as the opposition rejected official results confirming a victory for Prime Minister Hun Sen's long-ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP).
Amnesty International said today that 9,000 people in the Nigerian capital Lagos have lost homes and livelihoods and thousands more are threatened after armed police and bulldozers destroyed a slum.
Human Rights Watch today denounced the arrest of Bangladeshi rights activist Adilur Rahman Khan and demanded his immediate release.
A Republican march in Castlederg, Co Tyrone, passed off peacefully on Sunday evening.
Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:00

Mosque closed after Buddhist mob attack

Sri Lanka's Muslim leaders closed down a new mosque in Colombo today after attacks by a Buddhist mob revived simmering religious tensions.
Monday, 12 August 2013 00:00

Police vow crackdown on loyalist thugs

by Our Foreign Desk Northern Ireland police chief Matt Baggott vowed on Saturday to hunt down and imprison scores of loyalist rioters after they attacked and wounded 56 officers, five seriously, who had been protecting a republican march on Friday night.
by Our Foreign Desk Wikileaks founder Julian Assange labelled President Barack Obama's plans to limit US government surveillance programmes a victory of sorts for whistleblower Edward Snowden at the weekend.
Monday, 12 August 2013 00:00

Police in hunt for escaped migrants

by Our Foreign Desk Greek police were looking for 10 migrants today after they escaped from the Amygdaleza detention centre north-east of Athens during a protest on Saturday.
Bahrain deported US teacher Erin Kilbride at the weekend over what it described as her "radical" writings on Twitter and websites.
Monday, 12 August 2013 00:00

Israel approves more settlements

by Our Foreign Desk Israel Housing Minister Uri Ariel gave final approval today for the building of nearly 1,200 apartments in Jewish settlements on Arab territory.
Colombia's government and Farc rebels have begun building agreements on the guerillas' eventual political integration if peace talks succeed, negotiators from both sides said on Saturday.
A wave of car bombings targeting people celebrating Eid across Iraq killed 69 people and wounded nearly 300 on Saturday.
Monday, 12 August 2013 00:00

Milk powder banned

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra Co-operative admitted today that it had withdrawn milk powder under orders from the Sri Lankan authorities.
Monday, 12 August 2013 00:00

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India activates sub's reactor
Saturday, 10 August 2013 00:00

Japan told to back no-nuke UN treaty

Nagasaki's mayor criticised Japan's government today for failing to sign up to an international nuclear disarmament pledge.
The Montreal Maine & Atlantic Railway (MMA) was granted bankruptcy protection by a Canadian court on Thursday, a month after its runaway train killed 47 in Lac-Megantic, Quebec.
The US sharply escalated its drone war in Yemen on Thursday, killing a dozen people in three strikes.
California politicians have called on the US federal government to investigate hydraulic fracturing off the California coast, where new oil leases have been banned since 1969.
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