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* John Kasich, last Republican Trump rival, 'quits race'

May 04 (BBC) Ohio Governor John Kasich has dropped out of the presidential race after struggling to gain traction against Republican front-runner Donald Trump, US media report. Mr Kasich did not have a path to secure the nomination outright, but pledged to lobby for his candidacy during the Republican convention in July.
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* Angry protests over India Dalit woman murder in Kerala

May 04 (BBC) Police have used batons to disperse angry demonstrations in the southern Indian state of Kerala after the mutilated body of a student from the Dalit community was found in her home. Five people have been detained for questioning in connection with last week's murder in Ernakulam district. Police said the autopsy report would determine whether the woman was raped.
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* Pakistan to maintain minimum nuclear deterrence: Aziz

May 04 (PTI) Pakistan would maintain minimum nuclear deterrence for balancing the strategic stability in South Asia, Prime Ministerís advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said on Tuesday, amid mounting international pressure on the country to slow down its atomic programme. Addressing a seminar titled ĎPakistanís Non-proliferation Efforts and Strategic Export Controlsí hosted by the Institute of Strategic Studies, he said South Asiaís strategic stability has been negatively impacted by the policies
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* Nauru: Asylum seeker sets herself on fire at Australia detention centre

May 03 (BBC) A Somali woman seeking asylum in Australia has set herself on fire in protest at her detention at a centre on the Pacific island of Nauru. The 21-year-old suffered critical injuries after covering herself in fuel and setting herself alight. Last week, a 23-year-old Iranian died after setting himself alight at the same facility.
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* Asylum boat reaches Australia's Cocos Islands territory

May 04 (BBC) A boat carrying asylum seekers has reached Australia's remote Cocos Islands territory. The last documented asylum seeker boat arrival to Australia was in 2014. The number of asylum seekers arriving by sea plunged after the government introduced tough new policies, including the towing back of boats.
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* US election: Trump closes in on Republican nomination

May 04 (BBC) Donald Trump has become the US Republican presidential nominee in all but name after victory in Indiana forced rival Ted Cruz from the race. Mr Trump, unpopular with many in his own party, now has a clear path to the 1,237 delegates needed to claim his party's crown. That would mark a stunning victory for a businessman few took seriously when he launched his campaign last year.
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* Trump accuses China of 'raping' US with unfair trade policy

May 03 (BBC) Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has accused China of "raping" the US, in renewed criticism of China's trade policy. He told a rally in Indiana that China was responsible for "the greatest theft in the history of the world". Mr Trump, a billionaire businessman, has long accused China of manipulating its currency to make its exports more competitive globally.
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