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Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric issues call to fight jihadist rebels | Reuters

Baghdad, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraq’s most senior Shi’ite Muslim cleric urged followers to take up arms against a full-blown Sunni militant insurgency to topple Shi’ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, a conflict that threatens civil war and a possible break-up of the country.<p>In Washington, U.S. President …

Chinese ships arrive in Vietnam to pick up workers

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Two Chinese passenger ships were moored off a central Vietnamese port on Monday preparing to evacuate Chinese workers following deadly rioting last week, officials said.<p>The nationwide unrest, the worst to hit in Vietnam years, followed Beijing's deployment of a large oil rig …

World War II veteran, 90, earns his college degree

A 90-year-old World War II veteran is living proof that you are never too old to earn a college degree.<p>Walter Bunker, of Kenwood, Ohio, graduated from Xavier University Saturday afternoon, describing his achievement as a lifelong dream come true. At the commencement he received a Bachelor of …

France says it won't fly American WWII vets over for D-Day anniversary

Seven decades after ­Allied troops stormed Normandy’s beaches and saved France from the Nazis, the surrender-happy nation is turning its back on hundreds of US veterans who want to return next month to mark the invasion’s 70th anniversary.<p>France has broken its promise to pay for the vets to fly to …

Saudis Kiss Their Camels In Defiance Of MERS Warning

Saudi Arabians are brazenly engaging in public displays of affection in defiance of the authorities. But this proud show of love is not between people, but man and his camel.<p>Saudi Arabia's government issued a public health warning last week asking people to wear face masks and gloves around camels …

South Korea to break up coastguard after ferry disaster

<b>South Korea plans to break up its coastguard in the wake of the ferry disaster in which more than 300 people died, says President Park Geun-hye.</b><p>In a televised address, Ms Park apologised formally for the sinking.<p>A new safety agency would handle rescue duties, with investigative functions passing to …

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China vows to halt terrorists' 'rampant momentum' after attack kills three

Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, orders 'decisive actions' against militant groups after assailants kill three people during an attack on a railway station in China's far west<p>The Chinese president has vowed to crush terrorist activity in the country's west after at least three people were killed …