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Tibetan activist faces house arrest for getting invited to John Kerry dinner in Beijing

A well-known Tibetan author and activist said Wednesday that she and her husband have been put under house arrested for being invited to a dinner where visiting US secretary of state, John Kerry was expected to be the chief guest.

Russia launches first new space rocket since Soviet era

Russia launched its first new design of space rocket since the Soviet era from the northern military space port of Plesetsk on Wednesday, aiming to break its reliance on foreign suppliers as well as the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Snowden asks to extend stay in Russia: lawyer

Russia granted Snowden a one-year visa in August 2013 despite the United States wanting Moscow to send him home to face criminal charges, including espionage, for disclosing secret US Internet and telephone surveillance programmes.

50 bodies found in Iraq, raising sectarian worries

Iraqi officials discovered 50 bodies, many of them blindfolded and with their hands bound, in an agricultural area outside a city south of Baghdad on Wednesday, raising concerns over a possible sectarian killing amid the battle against a Sunni insurgency.

US: Pilot of delayed flight buys pizza for passengers aboard

While Frontier Airlines flight waited for bad weather to clear, the pilot of the plane called for 35 pizzas to feed all the passengers aboard. The plane, which was already hours behind schedule, sat on the ground at the small airport for about two hours.

BBC to launch online Thai news service after coup

The BBC said Wednesday it will launch a new social media service in Thailand to offer people another source of information at a time when the junta has imposed widespread censorship over domestic media.

Germany probing second case of alleged US spying

German authorities said police had searched the Berlin-area home and office of a man who, local media reported, is a German military employee accused of passing secrets to the United States.

Syria air raids kill 20 Islamic State jihadists: monitor

Twenty members of the Islamic State (IS) were killed in Syrian air force raids on Wednesday against the jihadists' bastion in Raqa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

US senators press for more sanctions on Russia

Democratic and Republican US senators exasperated with the Obama administration's response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine threatened on Wednesday to pass new sanctions without waiting for the Obama administration to act.

Confrontation with US will be a disaster: Xi Jinping

Confrontation with the US would be disastrous for both countries as well as the world, President Xi Jinping said Wednesday addressing an annual bilateral dialogue here in Beijing.

Apple loses China patent case, separate suit against Apple continues

Shanghai-based Zhinzhen Internet Technology wins over Apple in a Beijing court, upholding validity of a patent held by a Chinese company, clearing the way for Zhinzhen Internet Technology to continue its own case for infringing intellectual property rights.

Typhoon hits Japan, heads towards Japanese archipelago

On Wednesday, one of the biggest typhoons churned Okiwana, heading towards Japanese main islands, left 20 people injures, one seriously.

Rockets fired at Tel Aviv intercepted: military

At least two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip at Tel Aviv on Wednesday were shot down mid-air by Israel's Iron Dome defense system, the Israeli military said.

North Korea fires two more missiles into the sea

North Korea on Wednesday fired what appeared to be two short-range missiles into the sea in the latest in a series of launches interspersed with spurned peace overtures to South Korea.

Iraq says 'terrorists' seize chemical weapons site

Iraq said the Islamic State extremist group has taken control of a vast former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad, where 2,500 chemical rockets filled with the deadly nerve agent sarin or their remnants were stored along with other chemical warfare agents.
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