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Iran hosting largest population of world refugees: UNHCR ISLAMABAD: Iran has been hosting the largest population of refugees in world during the past 3 decades, said representative of UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Iran.In the message read on behalf of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Sivanka Dhanapala in 1st Orumiyeh International Crisis Management Conference in Favor of Refugees and Asylum Seekers, he said that Iran has been for more than 3 decades hosting the largest volume of refugees in the world, IRNA reported Friday."That is while the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has in various emergency conditions properly heeded its responsibilities in offering humanitarian contributions most effectively," adds Mr. Dhanapala in his message to the conference.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2014 ...

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South Korea welcomes talks offer from North's leader as 'meaningful' SEOUL: South Korea Thursday welcomed a call by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un for top-level talks as "meaningful" and suggested the two sides resume dialogue soon."Our government hopes South and North Korea will hold dialogue without formality in the near future," Ryoo Kihl-Jae, the South's unification minister in charge of inter-Korean affairs, told a briefing."The government takes (Kim's message) as meaningful as it showed an advanced attitude towards inter-Korean dialogue and exchanges."Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), ...

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Bad weather hinders search for victims in AirAsia crash PANGKALAN BUN: Rescue planes and helicopters sat grounded near the coast of the Indonesian island of Borneo on Wednesday as bad weather hampered the search for victims in the crashed AirAsia jet.Officials were forced to suspend aerial missions as heavy rain and low visibility made it difficult to recover bodies four days after the Airbus A320-200 disappeared from the radar en route from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore."I went to the search area ...

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Chaos and screams at Shanghai New Year stampede SHANGHAI: Shanghai's joyful New Year celebration ended in screams, panic and chaos as a stampede enveloped a crowd of revellers so dense that emergency services were initially prevented from helping.American Andrew Shainker, who teaches English in the city, spent New Year's Eve on a restaurant terrace overlooking the pandemonium centred on a stairway leading up to the Bund, a riverfront promenade.It "looked from above as if people were getting crushed as more and more people ...

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New Year revelry hurts hundreds in Philippines MANILA: Firecrackers and gunfire during New Year revelry in the Philippines left 354 people injured, with more than a dozen requiring amputations including a five-year-old boy, the top health official said Thursday.The annual tide of injuries during New Year celebrations dropped to the lowest in five years, with 351 people hurt by fireworks and three hit by stray bullets in the last few days of 2014, said Health Secretary Janette Garin.However the number of people ...

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North Korea's Kim says open to 'highest-level' talks with South SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un said Thursday he is open to the "highest-level" talks with South Korea in a surprise overture delivered during the communist supremo's traditional New Year message. South Korean media said Kim was referring to a summit with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye. The last inter-Korean summit was held in Pyongyang in 2007 between South Korea's late president Roh Moo-Hyun and the North's late leader Kim Jong-Il."Depending on the mood and ...

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Indonesia vows 'all-out effort' in search for AirAsia victims PANGKALAN BUN: Indonesian rescuers promised an "all-out effort" to search for bodies from AirAsia Flight QZ8501 as the weather cleared Thursday and international investigators joined attempts to locate the fuselage of the ill-fated plane.Seven bodies have so far been retrieved from the Airbus A320-200 carrying 162 people, which crashed during a storm Sunday in the sea near the island of Borneo en route from Indonesia's second city of Surabaya to Singapore.Two of the dead -- ...