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US riots: Six gunshots killed African-American teenager, says report

New York : Six gunshots, two of them in the head, killed African-American teenager Michael Brown, whose death has sparked unrest in the US town of Ferguson in Missouri, The New York Times reported Monday.

A private autopsy commissioned by the family and conducted by former New York City medical examiner Michael M. Baden indicated that the teenager was shot four times in the right arm.

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Government, rebels to discuss final ceasefire: Colombian president

Bogota : Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has said that a committee of military officers and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) members will discuss a final ceasefire agreement.

Santos Sunday said that if FARC continues its offensive against oil infrastructure, it could jeopardise the ongoing peace talks in Havana, Xinhua reported.

Last week, FARC leader Rodrigo Londono ruled out the possibility of reaching a peace agreement with the Colombian government by this year, at a time when the president has criticised the rebel group for dragging its heels.

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South Korea, US launch joint military drill

Seoul: South Korea and the US Monday launched a joint military exercise aimed at defending South Korea from possible security threats from North Korea.

The Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) joint military drill is a computer-assisted simulation exercise which will run until Aug 29, reports Xinhua.

It will mobilize around 50,000 South Korean troops and 30,000 US forces, including 3,000 US soldiers operating overseas and coming here for the drill.

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Six killed in Kenyan tanker explosion

Nairobi: At least six people were killed in a petrol tanker explosion and dozens injured early Sunday along a key highway in northwest Kenya, police said.

Five of the victims died on the spot while the sixth died in hospital in Kamara area along the Eldoret Nakuru highway, Xinhua quoted Francis Kirathe, Nakuru County Police commandant, as saying.

"The deceased were burnt beyond recognition after the tanker rolled down and exploded," the official said, adding several people were still missing.

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Moscow denies weapon transfer to Ukrainian insurgents

Moscow: The Kremlin Sunday said Russia is not sending any military equipment to militia in eastern Ukraine.

"We have said on many occasions that no weapon is supplied there," Xinhua quoted Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov as saying in a radio interview.

Aleksandr Zakharchenko, prime minister of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), said at a meeting that the militia had received some 150 combat vehicles, including 30 tanks.

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Nigerian Ebola patient discharged after full recovery

Abuja : The first Nigerian confirmed to have contracted the Ebola virus has been discharged here after full recovery, the government said.

Minister of Health Onyebuchi Chukwu late Saturday told reporters in Lagos, the country's economic hub, that the patient was discharged after conclusive protocols, Xinhua reported.

Five other Ebola patients also have almost fully recovered, Chukwu said.

He said Nigeria recorded 12 confirmed cases, four of whom have died, while 189 people are under surveillance in Lagos, and six in southeastern state of Enugu.

84 killed, 156 missing in Nepal landslide, floods

Kathmandu : At least 84 people have been killed and 156 still missing in Nepal as heavy downpour continues across the country, triggering landslides and floods, officials said Sunday.

The toll reached 84 after 33 bodies were recovered Saturday, Xinhua reported.

Ten districts in the country's western region suffered most damage due to the landslides and flooding while details of actual loss both of life and properties are yet to come.

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Rainstorms, floods kill 27 in China

Beijing : Rainstorms and ensuing floods have affected seven provincial-level regions in China, causing 27 deaths and relocation of over 84,000 people as of Saturday, Xinhua reported.

From Monday to Thursday, heavy rains battered the provinces of Fujian, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangdong, Sichuan, Guizhou and Guangxi Zhuang Region, affecting more than 770,000 people, a statement from the civil affairs ministry said.

Eighteen deaths were reported in Guizhou, seven in Jiangxi and two in Fujian. Six people are missing in Guizhou.

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Quake hits China

Beijing : An earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale jolted China's Yunnan province Sunday, according to China Earthquake Networks Centre.

The temblor, having a depth of 7km, hit Yongshan County 06.07 a.m. Xinhua citied the quake networks centre as saying.

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'Germany spied on Kerry, Clinton'

Berlin: Germany's BND foreign intelligence agency eavesdropped on calls made by US Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton, German media reports said Saturday.

The BND tapped a satellite phone conversation Kerry made in 2013 as part of its surveillance of telecommunications in the Middle East and also recorded a conversation between Clinton and then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan a year earlier, Germany's Der Spiegel and Sueddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) reported, according to Xinhua.

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