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Japan Joins Search for Nine Missing from Chinese Ship

A Japanese coastguard patrol boat joined a search Wednesday for nine crew members missing from a Chinese-registered ship which sank off the coast of Japan, a coastguard official said.

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Amnesty: S.Sudan Bill Gives Security Forces 'Excessive' Powers

South Sudanese lawmakers have proposed granting security forces the ability to make "virtually unrestricted powers of arrest" in the war-torn nation, Amnesty International warned Wednesday, calling a bill under debate "flawed".

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Karadzic to Close Arguments in his U.N. Genocide Trial

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic will begin his closing statement on Wednesday to the Yugoslav war crimes court, where he is charged with some of the worst atrocities in Europe since World War II.

Accused of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, Karadzic, 69, will have a final chance to convince the judges of his innocence, although a final verdict is not expected before late 2015.

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Hong Kong Occupy Leader Says Protests will Spread 'Like Flowers'

One of Hong Kong's most prominent pro-democracy leaders struggled to contain his emotions Wednesday as he warned protests would spread like "blossoming flowers" and pleaded with residents to understand why the city has been brought to a standstill.

Occupy Central co-founder Chan Kin-man told reporters it was inevitable the protests, which have already taken over several main roads and intersections, would grow if the government maintained its hardline stance.

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Philippines' Aquino Criticizes U.N. for Mission 'Impossible'

Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Wednesday criticized the United Nations for refusing to better arm Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights, saying this made their mission "impossible".

Aquino said the UN's rejection of his request to give the peacekeepers more weapons had left them unnecessarily vulnerable when Al-Qaeda-linked Syrian rebels attacked and surrounded them in August.

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Fourteen of 57 Missing Mexican Students Found Alive

Fourteen of 57 students who vanished after deadly shootings in southern Mexico have turned up alive but relatives feared for those still missing as authorities search for them.

A dozen troops manned a checkpoint Tuesday between Guerrero's state capital, Chilpancingo, and the town of Iguala, stopping cars and checking IDs against a list of the missing students from a teacher training college.

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Amnesty Demands Probe into Fiji Brutality Claims

Amnesty International demanded an investigation Wednesday into claims Fijian soldiers assaulted a man involved in a dispute with the country's newly-elected prime minister, calling the case an early test of the government's human rights credentials.

The man, a 60-year-old teacher, is believed to have complained via text message to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama about his songs being used without permission during Fiji's recent election campaign, the rights group said.

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Argentina's Kirchner: U.S. Could Topple my Government, Kill Me

Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner on Tuesday charged in an emotional address that domestic and U.S. interests were pushing to topple her government, and could even kill her.

Domestic business interests "are trying to bring down the government, with international (U.S.) help," she said.

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Japan Volcano Death Toll Hits 48 as New Bodies Found

The death toll from a sudden volcanic eruption in Japan hit 48 on Wednesday as rescuers discovered 12 new bodies in so-far unexplored areas of the ash-covered peak.

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12 Dead as Trains Collide in Northern India

Two passenger trains collided in northern India, killing at least 12 people and injuring 45 others, a railway spokesman said on Wednesday.

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