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Indian diplomat in US row stripped of duty

20 December 2014

NEW DELHI, Dec 20, 2014 (AFP) - An Indian diplomat at the centre of a bitter row with the United States has been stripped of her duties over unauthorised statements to media, a government source and reports said Saturday.

Mother arrested for murder of eight children in Australia

20 December 2014

CAIRNS, Australia, Dec 20, 2014 (AFP) - Australian police said Saturday they had arrested the mother of all but one of eight children reportedly stabbed to death in the northern city of Cairns, as vigils were held to mourn the tragedy.

Warm welcome: Xi meeting some elementary school pupils after he arrived at the Macau International Airport. — AFP

Umbrellas banned as Xi arrives in Macau

20 December 2014

MACAU: President Xi Jinping visited a drizzly Macau for the 15th anniversary of the gambling hub’s return to Chinese rule, with onlookers barred from using umbrellas – the emblem of democracy protests in nearby Hong Kong.

Death threats over Sydney siege

20 December 2014

SYDNEY: Lawyers who defended the Sydney siege gunman on a string of charges and the magistrate who bailed him have received deaths threats, officials said, amid growing anger that he was on the streets.

Japanese scientist quits over stem cell scandal

20 December 2014

TOKYO: A researcher embroiled in a fabrication scandal that has rocked Japan’s scientific establishment said she would resign after failing to reproduce results of what was once billed as a ground-breaking study on stem cells.

For the children: Neighbours laying flowers near the home of the children who were found dead in Manoora near Cairns. — EPA

Eight kids killed in gruesome stabbing

20 December 2014

CAIRNS: Eight children ranging from babies to teenagers were found dead at a home in the Australian city of Cairns Friday, police said, reportedly in a gruesome mass stabbing just days after a deadly siege in Sydney.

Li inks rail deal with Thailand

20 December 2014

BANGKOK: Chinese premier Li Keqiang signed an agreement to help construct a railway through Thailand, as the kingdom’s junta seeks diplomatic support after their coup was given short shrift by US and European allies.

Seeking answers: A relative of a passenger from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 speaking with a policeman outside the Foreign Ministry in Beijing. — AFP

China MH370 families protest for info on plane

20 December 2014

BEIJING: Grieving family members of Chinese passengers from a missing Malaysia Airlines flight protested outside the foreign ministry in Beijing, accusing the government of failing to provide them with regular updates on the search for the aircraft.

High Commission’s new address in KL

20 December 2014

THE High Commission of the Republic of Singapore in Kuala Lumpur is relocating to a new site, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Eight children found dead at Australian property

19 December 2014

SYDNEY: Eight children aged between 18 months and 15 years have been found dead at a home in the Australian city of Cairns, police said Friday, reportedly after a gruesome mass stabbing.

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