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Magnitude 5.4 earthquake strikes off El Salvador: USGS SAN SALVADOR: A 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of El Salvador on Friday, the US Geological Survey said, though there were no immediate reports of damage or victims.The quake occurred at a depth of 62 kilometers (38 miles) at 5:46 am (1146 GMT) off the coast of La Paz department.The epicenter was approximately 70 kilometers southeast of San Salvador. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

16,000 children in South Sudan forced into conflict this year: UN GENEVA: Up to 16,000 children have been forced to join the fighting in South Sudan since the start of this year, the United Nations children's agency (UNICEF) said Friday. Despite an peace agreement in August, fighting continues to rage in the two-year civil conflict in the world's youngest nation, with children suffering an increasingly heavy toll. "Since January, around 16,000 children have been recruited by armed groups and the military," UNICEF spokesman Christophe Boulierac told ...

EU expresses concern over election violence in Venezuela BRUSSELS: The European Union on Thursday expressed concern about rising violence linked to Venezuela's elections after the murder of a leader of the opposition, which appears poised to win control of parliament for the first time in 16 years."Yesterday's assassination of Mr Luis Manuel Diaz, the regional secretary of the Accion Democratica party, marks a further deterioration of an already tense situation in the run up to the parliamentary elections on 6 December 2015," the ...

France to mourn Paris attack dead PARIS: France on Friday will mourn the 130 people killed in the November 13 Paris attacks, with President Francois Hollande leading a solemn ceremony in honour of the victims.Families of those killed in France's worst-ever terror attack, claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group, will join some of the wounded at ceremonies at the Invalides, the gilded 17th-century complex in central Paris that houses a military hospital and museum and Napoleon's tomb.The tribute will be ...

Weak Japan data supplies more bad news for Abenomics TOKYO: Japan on Friday published a string of mostly weak data, the first major figures since news that the world's number three economy had slipped back into recession.A key inflation gauge showed prices fell in October from a year ago, while spending by households also dropped in a double blow for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's high-profile growth blitz, dubbed Abenomics.The weak figures came despite signs of a tight labour market, with the headline unemployment rate ...

Australia fire death toll at 3 as damage tops $44mn ADELAIDE: Australians were counting the cost of bushfires Friday, with officials saying a volunteer firefighter died from a suspected heart attack while battling an eastern blaze and a southern inferno razed at least 35 homes.The latest death came after two people were killed Wednesday when an "Armageddon-like" blaze swept through parts of South Australia, leaving insurance claims of Aus$61 million (US$44 million) in its wake.The 48-year-old firefighter collapsed and died after he and New South ...

China Communist Party reshuffles military, extends control BEIJING: China will carry out sweeping reforms to the structure of its military, state media reported, in moves intended to enhance the ruling Communist Party's control over the People's Liberation Army.China's armed forces have long been plagued by inefficiency and corruption, even as Beijing adopts more assertive stances in territorial disputes with neighbours including Japan and the Philippines over islands in the East and South China Seas.President Xi Jinping's widely-publicised anti-corruption campaign -- which critics ...


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