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  1. 'Abandoned' Hong Kong veterans go into battle with Britain

    'Abandoned' Hong Kong veterans go into battle with Britain

    Hong Kong (AFP) - Hong Kong military veterans who served in the British armed forces are going into battle against their former colonial ruler over their right to live in Britain.

  2. Ailing Thai king makes rare public appearance

    Ailing Thai king makes rare public appearance

    Bangkok (AFP) - Thailand's revered but ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej made a rare public appearance on Tuesday, leaving the hospital where he has been convalescing for much of the past few months.

  3. Norway ranks as world's best place to be a mother

    United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Norway ranks as the world's best place to be a mother, well ahead of the United States which dropped to the 33rd spot in the annual scorecard released by Save the Children on Monday.

  4. EU, China to discuss global trouble spots: Xinhua

    EU, China to discuss global trouble spots: Xinhua

    Beijing (AFP) - European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said crises in Ukraine and other global hotspots will be on the agenda at talks in Beijing beginning Tuesday, Chinese state media reported.

  5. Australia urged to crack down on abuse of migrant labour

    Australia urged to crack down on abuse of migrant labour

    Sydney (AFP) - Australia faced growing calls Tuesday to crack down on the exploitation of migrants labouring in farms and factories, after a television investigation claimed foreigners toiled in conditions akin to "slave labour".

  6. Germany's post-WWII 'occupation children' speak out

    Germany's post-WWII 'occupation children' speak out

    Berlin (AFP) - Many faced social stigma and were long kept in the dark about their true parental origins, with birth certificates that usually said "father unknown".

  7. Koala 'Blinky Bill' saunters into Australian hospital

    Koala 'Blinky Bill' saunters into Australian hospital

    Sydney (AFP) - An inquisitive koala nicknamed "Blinky Bill" has sauntered into the emergency department of an Australian hospital, exploring the waiting room for several minutes before wandering back out.

  8. Nepal relief effort intensifies as toll rises to 7,557

    Nepal relief effort intensifies as toll rises to 7,557

    Kathmandu (AFP) - Nepalese authorities said on Tuesday that a vast army of emergency workers was finally managing to deliver aid to stranded survivors of a massive earthquake as the death toll from the disaster rose to 7,557.

  9. Thai people smuggling crackdown creates fresh dangers

    Thai people smuggling crackdown creates fresh dangers

    Padang Besar (Thailand) (AFP) - The two boys in the back of the Thai police pickup truck were terrified.

  10. Volcanic warning at Japanese hot springs resort

    Volcanic warning at Japanese hot springs resort

    Tokyo (AFP) - Japan's meteorological agency on Tuesday issued a warning to limit access to the popular hot springs resort of Hakone after a nearby volcano became active and began belching steaming gas.

  11. Quake sows panic in Papua New Guinea, tsunami threat passes

    Quake sows panic in Papua New Guinea, tsunami threat passes

    A 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, sending frightened residents fleeing from their homes, but a threatened tsunami passed without incident, seismologists said.

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