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Kate makes first appearance since royal pregnancy

Prince William's wife Kate on Tuesday made her first public appearance since her pregnancy was announced as she welcomed Singapore's President Tony Tan on his state visit to Britain.

North Korea frees detained American, two still held

North Korea has freed one of three Americans detained in the isolated country, and in a surprise move allowed a Pentagon plane to land in Pyongyang on Tuesday to fly him home.

Switzerland top destination for expats: poll

Switzerland is the world's favorite destination among expats, followed by Singapore and China, a poll on quality of life for bank HSBC found on Wednesday.

Canada fears new Islamist threat after soldier killed

Canada was faced with the spectre of Islamist violence Tuesday after a soldier run over by a suspected jihadist died in hospital, as its warplanes headed to bomb Islamic State militants in Iraq.

US hails chance to cooperate with Cuba on Ebola

The United States welcomed Tuesday having the chance to cooperate with its old Cold War rival Cuba in the fight against Ebola, a State Department source told AFP.

Transgender troops seek end to US military taboo

WASHINGTON - For Donna Harding, joining the Australian army was a bid to try to suppress what she had known from an early age -- she was a girl trapped in a boy's body.

HK protesters add helmets to their umbrellas

HONG KONG - When Anson Lau first joined Hong Kong's pro-democracy rallies he carried little more than a raincoat and a bottle of water. But as police began wielding pepper spray and batons, the 20-year-old insurance agent has donned a hard hat and home-made body armour -- symbols of a new and dangerous phase.

China 'executed 2,400' last year: rights group

BEIJING - The world's top executioner China put 2,400 people to death last year, a US-based rights group said Tuesday, shedding rare light on a statistic Beijing considers a state secret.