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Aleppo faces water shortage after rebels block supply

Islamist militants from Syria's opposition have cut off the water supply to most parts of the city of Aleppo by targeting pumping stations. The city has now been plunged into abject misery, as the government and NGOs race to find alternative sources. More than two million people have been affected by the resulting water shortage after two pumping stations were shut down. Water has stopped flowing not only into government-held areas, as intended, but into practically every corner of Syria's largest city, which is presently divided in two spheres of control. Fighters of the Al-Nusra Front and related groups were interested in keeping the water flowing to east Aleppo and prevent it from flowing into the western parts, .

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Four crew of S Korean ferry indicted for murder

The captain and three senior crew members of a South Korean ferry that capsized in April, killing more than 280 passengers, many of them school children, were indicted for homicide on Thursday, a senior prosecutor said.Prosecutors also indicted the 11 other surviving crew members of the ferry Sewol on negligence charges.

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Malaysia Airlines losses worsen on MH370 disappearance

Malaysia Airlines has seen its losses deepen after Flight 370 vanished over two months ago, raising questions about the future of the 76-year-old carrier. The company's net loss rose by 59% to 443m ringgit ($138m; 82m) in the January-to-March period, marking its fifth straight quarter of losses.The firm attributed it to "tough operating conditions" and "negative sentiment".

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