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A Sydney mother has abandoned her two children and fled to Syria for a new life under the Islamic State group, media reported on Tuesday, becoming one of more than 100 Australians who have joined the jihadists.

The Australian government said it was deeply disturbed by the report and that…

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A fire at a nursing home in central China has left 38 people dead and six injured, officials and reports said Tuesday.

The fire broke out on Monday evening in an apartment building at a privately owned old people's home in Pingdingshan, the state news agency Xinhua said.

Two of…

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Southeast Asian nations are prioritising spending on their navies and coastguards amid rising tensions in the South China Sea, but as their capabilities grow, so does the risk that any confrontation in the contested waterway will be harder to contain.

Annual defence spending in Southeast Asia is projected to reach…

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A fire at a care home in central China left 38 people dead and six injured, officials and reports said on Tuesday.

The fire broke out on Monday evening in an apartment building at a privately owned old people's home in Pingdingshan, the official news agency Xinhua said.

Two of…

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The Rolling Stones launched their "Zip Code" North American tour in San Diego on Sunday with more than two hours of music.

In front of a sold-out crowd at Petco Park, the stalwart foursome rocked hit after hit from their 50-year catalog.

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie…

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A tornado raged through a city on the U.S.-Mexico border Monday, destroying homes, flinging cars like matchsticks and ripping an infant from its mother's arms. At least 13 people were killed, authorities said.

In Texas, 12 people were reported missing after the vacation home they were staying in was swept…

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Rebel forces and loyalist fighters were locked in fierce fighting in Yemen on Monday as hopes of a political solution faded after the United Nations postponed peace talks.

Clashes raged in the country's third city Taez, sowing panic after Shiite Huthi rebels bombarded several districts with rocket and tank fire.…

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Bangladesh on Monday banned an Islamist militant group suspected of involvement in the murders of atheist bloggers that sparked protests in Dhaka and outrage around the world, an official said.

The Home Ministry's move to outlaw the Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) comes almost a week after police asked the government…

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden reassured Iraq's government on Monday of U.S. support in the fight against the Islamic State group, telephoning Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi with thanks for "the enormous sacrifice and bravery of Iraqi forces" one day after Defense Secretary Ash Carter questioned the Iraqi military commitment.

Biden's…

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Turkey and the U.S. have agreed in "principle" to provide air protection to Syrian rebels being trained and equipped to fight Islamic State militants, once they enter Syrian territory for battle, Turkey's foreign minister said.

The two countries agreed in February to train and equip up to 15,000 Syrians under…

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