Issue: March 08, 2013   (Archive)
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N Korea nuke threat as UN turns screw
The UN Security Council imposed new sanctions against North Korea amid escalating tensions as the North threatened a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States.

Fear grips tourist murders case
Burmese investigators say they believe two nationals accused of murdering two British tourists in Thailand are innocent, but witnesses who may be able to prove their innocence will not testify as they fear Thai police.

Russians shop as ruble plunges
Russians are feeling the pinch from the slumping ruble, but one paradoxical result has been to unleash a spending spree as consumers snap up electronics, furniture and cars before prices soar.

Abbott orders probe into siege gunman
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott ordered an urgent inquiry into why a deranged Islamic gunman was not under surveillance and how he obtained citizenship, as security was stepped up after a fatal cafe siege.

Terrorists to die in wake of slaughter
Pakistan will end its moratorium on the death penalty in terror- related cases, the prime minister's office announced, a day after Taleban militants killed 141 people in an attack on a school.

Iran press point finger at war by West
Iran's media reacted to the siege by pointing the finger of blame at the West and linking the Iranian-born gunman to the militants of the Islamic State group.

Sydney tragedy raises awkward questions
One year before Man Haron Monis laid siege to a Sydney cafe, he was released on bail after being accused of involvement in his wife's murder, adding to a string of sex charges against him.

Call for end to Italian home run
India's top court ruled that an Italian marine arrested for killing two fishermen must return in January after being allowed to go home for medical treatment.

Chips down for fries lovers
McDonald's in Japan said it is having to ration french fries, despite having airlifted in more than 1,000 tonnes of potatoes, as eateries grapple with a crippling chip shortage.

Race to drill air hole for trapped 11
Vietnamese rescue workers are battling to pump air into a collapsed tunnel in an attempt to save at least 11 people trapped in a construction site accident at a hydropower plant.

Heavy toll in battles for Assad bases
Nearly 200 combatants on both sides were killed in 24 hours when the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda took two regime bases in Idlib province.

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