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article 13 July 2015 World, China
Participants at the talks on Iran's nuclear programme in Vienna (Reuters)
Iran nuclear talks: how the anticipated deal shapes up

After 12 years of talks, it seems Iran has agreed to scale back its nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of UN sanctions that have crippled the country's economy.

post 10 July 2015
Read more on Liam's blog El Nino's warmth causing tropical trouble in the Pacific

As I write this, there are no less than six tropical disturbances in the Pacific Ocean basin - ranging from minor tropical depressions, to raging typhoons.

article 06 July 2015 World, Greece
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Helia Ebrahimi by Greece: markets are more worried about China

The no vote in Greece may be causing political shock and awe but stock markets in Europe reacted with relative calm this morning. The same, however, can't be said for what has been happening in China.

article 06 June 2015 World, China
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China ship death toll rises to 400

Hundreds more bodies are recovered from a Chinese ship wreck after a cruiser capsized in the Yangtze river, leaving only 14 survivors so far.

article 05 June 2015 World, China
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US government cyber attack: the key questions

US officials point the finger of blame at China after hackers break into US government computers, compromising the personal data of 4 million current and former federal employees.

post 02 June 2015
Read more from John Sparks on the World News blog China cruise ship disaster: hundreds missing

The ship sank within two minutes and no distress call was issued, although the captain and chief engineer are reported to have survived the incident. They are currently being questioned by police.

article 04 April 2015 World, China
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Protestors attempt mass suicide in Beijing

A reported mass suicide attempt in Beijing shows several people lying on the pavement surrounded by onlookers, after apparently drinking pesticide in a busy shopping centre, writes Danny Vincent.

article 01 April 2015 World, Iraq
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Death sentence: alarming global rise in capital punishment

A mentally-ill British grandfather is among more than 19,000 people on death row in Pakistan, according to human rights group Amnesty International.

article 07 March 2015 World, Malaysia
Vigil for MH370 in Malaysia (Getty)
MH370 searchers may 'go back to the drawing board'

The Malaysian authorities say a new strategy will be needed if no trace of the missing airliner is found in the southern Indian Ocean by the end of May.

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