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North Korean rocket puts object into space, angers neighbors, U.S.

SEOUL/TOKYO North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Sunday carrying what it has called a satellite, but its neighbors and Washington denounced the launch as a missile test, conducted in defiance of U.N. sanctions and just weeks after a nuclear bomb test.

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Britons vote Thatcher most influential woman of past 200 years

LONDON Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is the most influential woman of the past 200 years, according to a survey of Britons published on Tuesday which showed men place a higher value on political influence than women do.

06 Feb 2016

Australian woman freed after kidnap by al Qaeda in Burkina Faso

NIAMEY An elderly Australian woman kidnapped with her husband in Burkina Faso by a group affiliated to al Qaeda has been freed, neighboring Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou said on Saturday.

Australia 06 Feb 2016

Iranian-British ex-BBC journalist is in Evin prison, relatives say

DUBAI The family of an Iranian-British former BBC journalist who was detained last week in Tehran were told on Saturday that he was in the capital's Evin prison, a friend told Reuters.

Davos 06 Feb 2016

Iraqi PM rejects idea of building security wall around Baghdad

BAGHDAD Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Saturday dismissed plans announced by the military this week to build a concrete wall around Baghdad in a bid to prevent attacks by Islamic State militants.

06 Feb 2016

Iraq's water minister judges only tiny danger of Mosul dam collapse

BAGHDAD Iraq's minister of water resources on Saturday played down warnings that Mosul dam will collapse, estimating only a "one in a thousand" chance of failure and saying the solution was to build a new dam or install a deep concrete support wall.

Iraq 06 Feb 2016

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