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South Africa miners reach $400m settlement for lung disease

Gold producers reach a settlement with lawyers representing thousands of miners who contracted fatal lung disease.

South Africa miners

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Australia's Commonwealth Bank admits 2016 data breach

Revelation comes as country's financial sector faces intense scrutiny by royal commission searching for misconduct.

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US, China and Saudi Arabia top list of military spending

Research institute says world military expenditure in 2017 reached highest level since Cold War end, at $1.739 trillion.

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Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska retreats under US sanctions

Shares in firms controlled by Oleg Deripaska have plunged after the US imposed sanctions on seven Russian oligarchs.

Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska

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Qatar Airways suffers 'substantial loss'

Qatar's flag carrier lost access to 18 cities in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain due to blockade imposed last year.

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker

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Turkey's Erdogan backs strikes on Syrian chemical facilities

Turkish president says bombing by US and allies sent Assad government message its massacres will not go unanswered.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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Moscow court blocks use of Telegram messaging app

Official request to start blocking messaging app granted but founder pledges to use built-in systems to overcome ban.

The Telegram

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Former Chinese political star pleads guilty in bribery trial

Sun Zhengcai, a former top Communist Party official, was arrested as part of President Xi's anti-corruption campaign.

Sun Zhengcai

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Vietnam calls for tougher measures on cryptocurrency

Vietnam to tighten "management of activities related to bitcoin and other cryptocurrency", the government said.

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Oil prices soar over fears of US strike on Syria

Brent rises to its highest level since December 2014, amid possibility of US-led strikes on Syria.

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