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Report: At Least 15 Dead in Turkey Bus Accident

At least 15 people were killed and 28 injured Friday when a bus carrying agricultural workers workers overturned in the Isparta region of southern Turkey, the Dogan news agency reported.

The workers, said to be mostly women, were on their way to pick apples at an orchard in the region, the agency said. Initial reports said that the cause of the accident could have been brake failure.

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Myanmar Convenes Historic Talks Ahead of 2015 Vote

Myanmar President Thein Sein opened unprecedented talks with army top brass and political rivals including Aung San Suu Kyi Friday, as U.S. President Barack Obama called for "inclusive and credible" elections next year after decades of disastrous military rule.

Thein Sein and Suu Kyi walked into the meeting together to begin extraordinary discussions in the capital Naypyidaw ahead of 2015 polls viewed as a key test of democratic reforms under the quasi-civilian government.

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First Lawsuit Filed in Malaysia over MH370

A Malaysian family on Friday sued the government and beleaguered national carrier for negligence in the mysterious disappearance of flight MH370, in what is believed to be the first lawsuit filed over the disaster.

The suit was filed by lawyers on behalf of the two underage sons of Jee Jing Hang, who was on board the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight.

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Chinese Court Upholds Death Sentences in Kunming Attack

A Chinese appeals court on Friday upheld death sentences for three people convicted over a mass stabbing that killed 31 people earlier this year, state media reported.

"The Higher People's Court of Yunnan Province rejected Hasayn Muhammad's appeal and upheld the penalty meted out by the Kunming Municipal Intermediate People's Court last month," Xinhua said in a brief dispatch from Kunming.

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Hong Kong Activists Mull Taking Protest to Beijing

Hong Kong's democracy protesters are considering travelling to Beijing to directly petition Communist authorities as the Chinese capital hosts U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders at an upcoming summit.

The protesters have held continuous street rallies for a month, demanding free leadership elections for the semi-autonomous city in 2017.

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U.N. Chief Calls for Stop to South Sudan Fighting

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon called on South Sudan's warring leaders on Thursday to immediately stop fighting following the latest upsurge of violence in the oil-rich north.

The U.N. secretary general "strongly condemns" the resumption of fighting and urges the sides to "reach urgently" an agreement on a political transition, said a statement from his spokesman.

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U.S., Australia End Sanctions after Fiji Elections

The United States and Australia said Friday they were lifting sanctions against Fiji after elections in the Pacific island nation last month following eight years of military rule.

U.S. Ambassador Frankie Reed said that in recognition of Fiji's return to democracy, Washington was lifting restrictions on financial assistance and visas, as well as exploring fresh engagement with the country's military.

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Sniffer Dogs Join Search for Sri Lanka Mudslide Victims

Sniffer dogs were brought in Friday to join the search for bodies at a tea plantation in Sri Lanka, two days after a major mudslide buried alive scores of people.

After the operation was suspended on Thursday afternoon because of fresh rains, searching resumed at daybreak with a team of sniffer dogs joining hundreds of troops already at the site of the tragedy in the picturesque Koslanda region, around 200 kilometers (125 miles) east of Colombo.

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U.S. Warns against Burundi Travel amid Shebab Threat

The United States on Thursday issued a stark travel warning for Burundi after threats by al-Shebab militants and imposed a de facto night-time curfew on U.S. government staff in the country.

The State Department warned all American citizens to avoid non-essential travel to the small, impoverished country, nestled in Africa's Great Lakes region.

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Bodies of Three U.S. Siblings Found in Mexico

The bodies of three U.S. siblings of Mexican descent believed to have been kidnapped by armed assailants more than two weeks ago were found in Mexico's troubled Tamaulipas state, a prosecutor said Thursday.

The three bodies were badly decomposed but the victims, two men and a woman in their 20s, have been identified by their father, state prosecutor Ismael Quintanilla told local radio.

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