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US denounces Ukraine “sham” elections

US denounces Ukraine “sham” elections

(AA) – The U.S. on Monday denounced elections held in eastern Ukraine during the weekend as a “sham.” Pro-Russian separatists went to the polls Sunday in two self-proclaimed people’s republics in Donetsk and Luhansk regions in defiance of the central government in Kiev. “These sham elections contravened Ukraine’s constitution, the law on ‘special status,’ and the most basic electoral norms,” […]

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US denies plans for new Israel-Palestine peace proposal

US denies plans for new Israel-Palestine peace proposal

(AA) – The U.S. denied reports Monday that Secretary of State John Kerry is planning to present a peace proposal to Israeli and Palestinian leaders. “There are no current plans to introduce a peace plan,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters. “If we felt it would be productive, we would do it. Obviously we’re not – I just indicated […]

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Growing rift within Obama administration over ISIL policy

Growing rift within Obama administration over ISIL policy

(AA) – There appears to be growing tensions within the Obama administration regarding its strategy in Syria as the White House seems reluctant to make a shift in policy, experts say. When President Barack Obama laid out his strategy in September for combatting ISIL, he said the U.S. would target the terror group with airstrikes, accompanied with ground troops from the […]

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Japanese electronics giants surge as yen hits 7-year low

Japanese electronics giants surge as yen hits 7-year low

Shares in some of Japan’s biggest electronics firms surged Tuesday as the yen hit a seven-year low in response to the surprise decision last week by country’s central bank to ramp up its stimulus programme. The announcement Friday by the Bank of Japan to widen its asset-purchase scheme sent the yen tumbling to 114 against the dollar by Monday lunchtime, […]

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Battle lines drawn as blockbuster ‘Call of Duty’ goes on sale

Battle lines drawn as blockbuster ‘Call of Duty’ goes on sale

Australian gamers Tuesday were among the world’s first to get their hands on the latest instalment of “Call of Duty”, as publisher Activision sought to boost the blockbuster franchise amid concerns about consumer fatigue. While the video game has been one of the industry’s bestsellers, with the 11-year-old series moving more than 100 million units and raking in billions of […]

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US Navy SEALs told to stop spilling secrets

US Navy SEALs told to stop spilling secrets

The commander of US Navy SEALs has issued a stinging rebuke to troops who have broken the elite force’s hallowed tradition of secrecy and humility by publishing memoirs and speaking to the media. Days after the Fox News network announced it would broadcast a documentary with a commando who claims to have shot Osama bin Laden, Rear Admiral Brian Losey, […]

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Virgin Australia flight turns back due to leaks

Virgin Australia flight turns back due to leaks

A Virgin Australia plane bound for Sydney was forced back to Los Angeles due to leaking sinks, the airline said Tuesday, but denied passenger claims that human waste reached the aisles. Flight VA2 was heading to Sydney, from where it would continue to Christchurch in New Zealand, early on Tuesday when the problem occurred. “In accordance with standard operating procedures, […]

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Australian central bank keeps interest rates at 2.5%

Australian central bank keeps interest rates at 2.5%

Australia’s central bank Tuesday kept interest rates at a record low 2.5 percent, maintaining an unchanged outlook for the country’s economy as it continued to call for a weaker currency. The Reserve Bank of Australia has kept the cash rate steady since August 2013, and since February has flagged a “period of stability” in monetary policy as the economy transitions […]

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Agent: African players on strike at Russian club

Agent: African players on strike at Russian club

A soccer agent says African players at Russian club FC Rostov are refusing to train after the coach said he would not sign any more black players. Igor Gamula said Friday the club had “enough dark-skinned players, we’ve got six of the things” when asked about rumors Rostov could sign a defender from Cameroon. Agent Paul Mitchell says the club’s […]

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Burkina army leader promises ‘consensus’ leader

Burkina army leader promises ‘consensus’ leader

The head of Burkina Faso’s military regime promised to deliver a “consensus” leader Monday in talks on installing a unity government in the west African nation following a violent crackdown on protesters. The army has stepped into the power vacuum left by Blaise Compaore, who was forced to resign the presidency last week in the wake of violent demonstrations likened […]

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