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During World War II, British serviceman Harry Williams endured three years of harsh captivity and hard labour under the Japanese occupation in Thailand. An undated photo of Australian and Dutch prisoners of war at Tarsau in Thailand. The four men are said to be suffering from beri beri. Photo: Wikipedia

Britain’s last known survivor of the notorious World War II Burma Railway has died aged 96, according to the Mirror Online on January 16.

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WASHINGTON (AFP) - Hackers took over Twitter accounts of the New York Post and United Press International on January 16, writing bogus messages, including about hostilities breaking out between the United States and China.

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A sign which translates as "Charlie Hebdo - Sold Out" is displayed at a newsagents kiosk in Marseille on January 14, 2015 shortly after the latest edition of the French satirical weekly went on sale. The first issue of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo to be published since a terrorist attack decimated its editorial staff last week was sold out within minutes at kiosks across France. Photo: Boris Horvat/AFP
A sign which translates as "Charlie Hebdo - Sold Out" is displayed at a newsagents kiosk in Marseille on January 14, 2015 shortly after the latest edition of the French satirical weekly went on sale. The first issue of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo to be published since a terrorist attack decimated its editorial staff last week was sold out within minutes at kiosks across France. Photo: Boris Horvat/AFP

PARIS (AFP) - French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo drew ire on January 14 with a new cover image of the Prophet Mohammed on the eve of its return to newsstands after the murder of its core staff by Islamist gunmen.

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Participants attend a rally with the Anti-Islamic Pegida (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West) movement hold up posters with the names of the victims of the terror attack in Paris and flags in Dresden, Germany, 12 January 2015. EPA/ARNO BURGI
Participants attend a rally with the Pegida (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West) movement, holding up posters with the names of the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris and flags in Dresden, Germany, January 12, 2015. Photo: Arno Burgi/EPAI

BEIJING (AFP) - The religious and cultural tensions the West faces are "payback" for slavery and colonialism, a Chinese state-run newspaper said January 13 in the wake of the Islamist attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine.

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Geneva (AFP) - The UN appealed on December 8 for a record U$16.4 billion to provide aid to nearly 60 million people worldwide next year, with almost half the amount aimed at helping victims of Syria's drawn-out conflict.

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Washington (AFP) - Global efforts to eradicate landmines are bearing fruit, campaigners said December 3, noting that the number of victims injured by the deadly weapons have fallen to the lowest level in 14 years.