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  1. US ambassador slashed and bloodied in Seoul attack

    US ambassador slashed and bloodied in Seoul attack

    Seoul (AFP) - The US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was slashed on his face and arm in Seoul on Thursday by a lone, blade-wielding activist opposed to ongoing US-Korean military drills.

  2. Final push to save Chan and Sukumaran

    Final push to save Chan and Sukumaran

    Bali Nine pair Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan have won a brief respite with Indonesia's president indicating they won't be executed this week.

  3. Australia PM suggests MH370 search could be scaled back

    Australia PM suggests MH370 search could be scaled back

    Sydney (AFP) - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Thursday suggested the search for missing Flight MH370 may be scaled back, while expressing hope the jet would be found a year after it vanished.

  4. New Zealand spying on South Pacific allies: reports

    Wellington (AFP) - New Zealand is conducting mass spying on its South Pacific neighbours then passing the information to a US-led intelligence alliance, media reports citing leaked documents said Thursday.

  5. Eriksson, Cannavaro cash lifts hope for football in China

    Eriksson, Cannavaro cash lifts hope for football in China

    Beijing (AFP) - China's football season kicks off this week with hopes of a resurgence for the beautiful game after former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson and rookie coach Fabio Cannavaro put the league among the world's biggest spenders.

  6. Prince William's wildlife speech draws online applause in China

    Prince William's wildlife speech draws online applause in China

    Beijing (AFP) - Britain's Prince William won praise Thursday from Chinese Internet users after he visited an elephant reserve in the country and condemned illegal wildlife trafficking as "a vicious form of criminality".

  7. Australian broadcaster offers staff condoms to deter maternity leave

    Sydney (AFP) - An Australian broadcaster on Thursday revealed how it discourages staff from having babies and taking maternity leave -- a big jar of condoms at work.

  8. Australia floats prisoner swap to save Indonesia pair

    Australia floats prisoner swap to save Indonesia pair

    Sydney (AFP) - Australia on Thursday proposed a prisoner swap with Indonesia in an 11th-hour bid to save two drug smugglers facing execution, while voicing "deep concern" about Jakarta's international reputation if they are killed.

  9. Concern grows for civilians as noose tightens around Tikrit

    Concern grows for civilians as noose tightens around Tikrit

    Kirkuk (Iraq) (AFP) - Concern mounted over the fate of civilians in Tikrit where Iraqi forces were trying to trap Islamic State group jihadists on the third day of a huge offensive to retake the city.

  10. German vandals ordered jailed, caned in Singapore

    German vandals ordered jailed, caned in Singapore

    Singapore (AFP) - A Singapore court on Thursday sentenced two young German men to nine months in prison and three strokes of the cane for spray-painting a metro train in the city-state last year.

  11. Libya asks UN to approve arms contracts

    Libya asks UN to approve arms contracts

    United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Libya urged the UN Security Council to approve a request for military purchases as it struggles to combat Islamic State extremists and protect its oil fields.

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