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Family ordered teen girl’s ‘revenge rape’

A Pakistani villager points to a house where a teenage girl was ‘revenge raped’. Picture: AFP/SS Mirza POLICE in Pakistan have arrested 20 people for ordering the rape of a teenage girl in revenge for a rape allegedly committed by her brother. The 16-year-old was raped in a dingy room …

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Chinese cops detain 67 in Beijing protest

Police in the Chinese capital have detained 67 people for disturbing social order after demonstrators gathered to stage a rare protest in Beijing, complaining that the government was unfairly targeting a charity. While there are thousands of protests every year in China over everything from pollution to corruption, large protests …

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E-cigarettes seeing US smokers quit: study

A rise in the use of electronic cigarettes among American adults is linked to a significant increase in the numbers of people quitting smoking, researchers say. In a study published in the BMJ British medical journal, scientists from California said their findings were based on the largest representative sample of …

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‘At all costs’: Rising superpowers face off

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said Aust opposes South China Sea militarisation during her India visit Indian activists of the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party protest outside the Chinese embassy in New Delhi this month as border tensions between China and India increase. Picture: AFP PHOTO / Money SHARMA …

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Swiss chainsaw attacker arrested

The suspect in a chainsaw attack on a health insurer’s office in Switzerland that left five people wounded has been caught after more than a day on the run. Franz Wrousis was arrested on Tuesday in Thalwil, some 45 kilometres from the scene of Monday morning’s attack in Schaffhausen, police …

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McCain returns to cheers from GOP senators

Applause and whoops greeted Senator John McCain, who is battling brain cancer, as he returned to Washington DC to vote for moving ahead on legislation to dismantle Obamacare On Tuesday the 80-year-old McCain had a visible scar above his left eye after doctors removed a blood clot earlier this month. …

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Kim could nuke Australia next year

The US will conduct another test of a missile defence system meant to counter threats from North Korea. This photo, distributed by the North Korean government, shows a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Picture: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service / AP NORTH Korea will be in possession of a …

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Syria air strikes kill eight in rebel area

Air strikes have killed at least eight people in Syria’s rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, a war monitor says. The deaths were the first civilian casualties in the area – the last major rebel stronghold near Damascus – since a cessation of hostilities was declared there on Saturday. The strikes, targeting the …

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Indonesia forest fire threat rises

Indonesia’s disaster agency has warned of an increasing threat of forest fires as the dry season peaks in coming months, while hot spots detected in the province of Aceh have already been causing choking smoke. Fires had spread to more than 60ha of fields and forests in Aceh, Sumatra, and …

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Monsoon rain lashes India, killing 16

Heavy monsoon rain has lashed western India, killing at least 16 people this week, with more than 24,000 villagers fleeing to higher ground. A government spokesman says hundreds of rescuers using motorboats saved 789 people, including some pregnant women, from being swept away by the swirling floods in six districts …

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