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  1. Colombia to investigate alleged child abuse by US military

    Colombia to investigate alleged child abuse by US military

    Bogota (AFP) - Colombian authorities said they planned to investigate alleged sexual abuses of children by US contractors and military staff.

  2. Nepal devastation a 'wake-up call' for vulnerable region

    Nepal devastation a 'wake-up call' for vulnerable region

    New Delhi (AFP) - Nepal's earthquake should act as a wake-up call to neighbouring countries which have failed to learn lessons from their own disasters and where shoddy construction and rapid urbanisation could lead to death on an even greater scale next time round, experts say.

  3. Japan raises volcanic warning at Hakone resort

    Japan raises volcanic warning at Hakone resort

    Tokyo (AFP) - Japan's meteorological agency on Wednesday raised a volcanic warning for the popular hot springs resort of Hakone by one notch, forbidding access to a hiking trail.

  4. Italy again calls for EU help after more migrant deaths

    Italy again calls for EU help after more migrant deaths

    Rome (AFP) - Italy renewed its appeal to the EU for help in managing a relentless wave of migrant arrivals, after around 40 migrants died when their inflatable boat sank off the coast.

  5. Cambodia's royal oxen signal worry for rice harvest

    Cambodia's royal oxen signal worry for rice harvest

    Phnom Penh (AFP) - Cambodia's royal oxen refused to eat any rice grain on Wednesday during an ancient ritual to predict the country's agricultural fortunes, raising fears of a poor rice harvest among superstitious citizens.

  6. Blaming the victims of rape in Somalia

    Blaming the victims of rape in Somalia

    Mogadishu (AFP) - After 14-year-old Fatima was raped by a tuk-tuk driver, she was arrested, detained for a month and raped repeatedly by a police officer, according to the child and her aunt.

  7. Four dead, nine missing following Indonesian landslide

    Four dead, nine missing following Indonesian landslide

    Jakarta (AFP) - Four people were killed and nine others remain missing after a landslide buried homes on Indonesia's main island of Java, an official said.

  8. Australia PM brushes off gay ambassador flap

    Australia PM brushes off gay ambassador flap

    Sydney (AFP) - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday he was unaware the gay partner of his ambassador to France was asked "to wait in the car" during a recent tarmac greeting, insisting he did not concern himself with "trivia".

  9. Italy calls for EU help after boat deaths

    Italy calls for EU help after boat deaths

    Italy is renewing its calls to the European Union for help in managing a wave of migrant arrivals, with the latest sinking causing around 40 deaths.

  10. Nepal quake victims despair over relief

    Frustration is growing in Nepal, where many victims of Saturday's devastating earthquake are still to receive any aid.

  11. Seven party leaders in battle for Britain

    Seven party leaders in battle for Britain

    London (AFP) - Seven party leaders are headed into Britain's most unpredictable election in decades on Thursday, which has brought several smaller parties to the fore because of a fragmentation of the vote.

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