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North American Couple Appear In New Taleban Hostage Video

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KABUL: An American-Canadian couple held hostage by the Taleban for four years have urged their governments to pressure Kabul to change its policy on executions of captured insurgents, according to a new video which surfaced on Tuesday (Aug 30).

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Ethnic Peace Talks Seek To Pave New Path For Myanmar

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NAYPYIDAW: Peace talks between Myanmar’s government and warring ethnic minorities open today seeking to end decades of bloodshed and bring investment to Southeast Asia’s poorest country.

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Thailand's First Halal Hotel Hopes To Help Boost Muslim Arrivals

BANGKOK: Predominately Buddhist Thailand has opened its first halal hotel as hopes to attract more Muslim visitors and boost one of the few bright spots in its economy.

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Five Chicago Officers Face Firing Over Slaying Of Black Teen

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CHICAGO: The chief of Chicago’s police department recommended yesterday that five officers be fired over their role in the 2014 shooting death of an black teenager, an incident that heaped national scrutiny on the nation’s second largest police force.

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Singapore Confirms Zika Spread; Some Countries Issue Travel Warnings

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SINGAPORE: The number of confirmed cases of Zika virus in Singapore rose to 82 yesterday, with some of the latest infections detected beyond the area of the initial outbreak.

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Car Bomb Kills Five Soldiers Outside Somali President’s Palace

MOGADISHU — A car bomb claimed to have been planted by al Shabaab Islamist militants killed five soldiers outside the president’s palace in the Somali capital of Mogadishu and badly damaged two nearby hotels, police said.

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Indonesia Declares Emergency Sparked By Forest Fires

JAKARTA — Indonesian Minister of Forestry and Environment Siti Nurbaya has announced the country has been placed under emergency state due to forecasts on blazes and impacts of smoke from forest and land fires.

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Man Thought To Be China’s Jack The Ripper Arrested

HONG KONG — Gao Chengyong led a quiet life in a small city in western China. A onetime migrant labourer, he raised two boys who went to college. He enjoyed ballroom dancing with his wife.

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Singapore Jails Two More Bangladeshis For Financing Terrorists

SINGAPORE — Two more Bangladeshi expatriate workers accused of planning to join the Islamic State group were jailed today in Singapore for raising money to fund attacks in their homeland.

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Bangladesh Upholds Islamist Tycoon’s Death Sentence

DHAKA: A wealthy tycoon who was a chief financier for Bangladesh’s largest Islamist party could be executed in days after losing his final appeal Tuesday against a death sentence from a controversial war crimes tribunal.

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