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Asian Tourists ‘Among Balloon Dead’

British, French, Hungarian, Hong Kong and Japanese nationals are among 19 tourists killed in a hot air balloon crash near the Egyptian city of Luxor. Eyewitness Christopher Michel: “We heard a loud explosion”

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U.S. Sailors Admit Okinawa Rape

Two US sailors have pleaded guilty to the rape of a Japanese woman in Okinawa, in a case that led to a curfew for all US troops in Japan. The case has deepened resentment over the US military presence on Okinawa

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Park Geun-hye Sworn In as South Korea President

Park Geun-hye promised a tough stance on national security and an era of economic revival as she was sworn in as South Korea’s president. Ms Park, 61, is the first woman to lead South Korea

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Oscar Triumph for Director Ang Lee

Ang Lee won his second Oscar for directing Life of Pi, the adaption of Yann Martel’s fantasy novel about a boy stranded in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. The film won four Oscars in total, more than any other film.

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India Set to Launch Seven Satellites

India is set to put into orbit seven satellites in a single mission, the country’s space agency says. India is emerging as a major player in the multi-billion dollar space market

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Ex-Maldives Leader Quits Refuge

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed has left the Indian High Commission in the capital, Male. Mr Nasheed did not explain why he left, but expressed hope he would be able to continue his political activities

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