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Thai junta appoints army-dominated legislature

By Fri, Aug 01, 2014 10:28AM UTC Pic: AP.

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s junta has appointed a military-dominated interim legislature in another step in the slow return of promised electoral democracy.

WORLD: US, UN announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire

By Fri, Aug 01, 2014 10:21AM UTC WORLD: US, UN announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire

NEW DELHI (AP) — The United States and United Nations are announcing that Israel and Hamas have agreed to a humanitarian cease-fire to start Friday morning for 72 hours.

7 killed, 13 missing as boat sinks in Indonesia

By Fri, Aug 01, 2014 9:51AM UTC

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An official says a boat carrying villagers sank after hitting a stump in a river in western Indonesia, leaving a woman and six children dead and at least 13 others missing. National disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho says the boat ran out of fuel early

Malaysian PM in Netherlands to discuss flight MH17 aftermath

By Fri, Aug 01, 2014 9:45AM UTC Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, foreground and his wife Datin Sri Rosmah Mansor, right, lay flowers among other floral tributes, outside a military barracks where forensic experts are working to identify bodies and human remains recovered from the wreckage of Flight 17, in the central city of Hilversum, Netherlands, Thursday. Pic: AP.

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Malaysia’s prime minister has arrived in the Netherlands ahead of a meeting with his Dutch counterpart to discuss plans for repatriating remains of Malaysian victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and continuing problems accessing the crash site in eastern Ukraine.

South Korean ruling party wins by-elections

By Thu, Jul 31, 2014 3:55PM UTC South Korean President Park Geun-hye pays tribute to the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol  at a group memorial altar in Ansan, south of Seoul, in April. Pic: AP.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s ruling party has won most of the seats at stake in legislative by-elections, cementing its majority and giving a boost to President Park Geun-hye’s embattled conservative government after April’s ferry disaster.

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