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'Few desperate people can start a bloodbath': Sri Lanka's ousted PM Ranil Wickremesinghe issues stark warning

Wickremesinghe, who has been holed up at the prime minister's official residence for more than a week as thousands of supporters gather outside, told AFP in an interview that "desperate people" could cause chaos on the Indian Ocean island.

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Indonesia Lion Air flight crash: 48-year-old diver dies while searching for body parts, debris in Java Sea

An Indonesian diver died while recovering body parts from the ill-fated Lion Air plane which crashed into the sea killing 189 people, an official said Saturday.

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Over 7 million Yemeni children face 'serious' threat of famine and ending war won't save them, says United Nations

Over seven million children face a serious threat of famine in Yemen and ending the country's war will not save all of them, the UN children's agency said.

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'China wants to buy country': Sri Lankan minister slams Beijing amid tussle for power with Mahinda Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka's rival prime ministers battled to tempt lawmakers from opposing sides Tuesday as they sought numbers to swing any vote of confidence held in parliament to end the country's constitutional crisis

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Donald Trump asks media to stop 'endless hostility and false attacks' after bomb sent to CNN

CNN is known for its robust coverage of the Trump administration and for constantly provoking the ire of the president.

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Jamal Khashoggi's murder: Information from Turkish authorities indicates killing was 'premeditated', says Saudi public prosecutor

Saudi Arabia initially claimed Khashoggi left freely after visiting the consulate in Istanbul on 2 October to complete paperwork for his marriage to his Turkish fiancee

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Will hold to account Jamal Khashoggi's killers 'no matter who they may be', says Saudi Arabia

Khashoggi was killed after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.

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Turkey accuses Saudi Arabia of not cooperating in probe of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Khashoggi vanished on 2 October after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to get paperwork for his upcoming wedding.

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Donald Trump vows 'severe punishment' if Saudi Arabia murdered missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi

The Saudi critic has not been seen since he walked into the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on 2 October

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Nobel Peace Prize 2018: Nadia Murad's incredible journey from jihadist slave to Nobel laureate

The 25-year-old Murad once lived a quiet life in her village near the mountainous Yazidi stronghold of Sinjar in northern Iraq, close to the border with Syria.

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After Indonesia's tsunami-earthquake disaster claims 1,400 lives, scientists hunt for answers

The 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit off Sulawesi island Friday and sent destructive waves charging into the coast, reducing buildings in Palu to rubble and sweeping people to their deaths.

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Wife of ex-Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak arrested by anti-corruption agency in multi-billion dollar scandal

Wednesday was the third occasion on which Rosmah had been questioned, but the first time she had been arrested, since her husband's coalition was dramatically ousted from office after six decades in power.

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Russia and India to sign $5 billion deal on S-400 air defence systems this week, says Kremlin

Moscow has been negotiating to sell the S-400 long-range surface-to-air missiles to India for months.

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Bodies of British millionaire, wife found buried in six-ft-deep graves at Thailand villa; police say woman's brother ordered 'hit'

British media reports described Hogg, 64, as a millionaire from Edinburgh who built a lavish home with a swimming pool in the province not far from the Laos border.

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'Only Dassault can comment on this': François Hollande on whether India put pressure to work together

Under the Rafale deal, France must spend amounts totalling around half the eight billion euros ($9.4 bn) paid by the Indian government.

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Syrian air defences shoot down Israeli missiles targeting Damascus airport, says State media

AFP's correspondent in Damascus heard a loud blast late Saturday, followed by several smaller explosions.

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24-year-old man kills wife, children and mother-in-law in Australia with blunt instrument and knives

Western Australia police commissioner Chris Dawson told reporters no firearms were used in the attacks

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Myanmar defends Suu Kyi's silence over jailed reporter; Nobel Laureate's reticence dismays her defenders abroad

Her one public reference to the Reuters journalists during the court case—telling Japanese broadcaster NHK that the pair had broken the official secrets act—was criticised by rights groups for potentially prejudicing the verdict.

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Bangkok prepares to hold climate change talks as it struggles to stay afloat amid rising sea levels

As Bangkok prepares to host climate-change talks, the sprawling city of more than 10 million is itself under siege from the environment, with dire forecasts warning it could be partially submerged in just over a decade.