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Syria forces storm rebel town despite peace pledge

Syrian forces on Wednesday stormed a rebel bastion as the UN chief, Ban Ki-moon, urged the president, Bashar al-Assad, to ‘immediately’ implement a six-point UN peace plan he reportedly accepted. Full story

War fears after Sudan, S Sudan border clashes

Sudanese warplanes hit South Sudan’s oil-rich border region in a third day of violence between the rival states, as international concern mounted over a return to an all-out war. Full story

Militia clashes in southern Libya kill nearly 50

Three days of clashes between rival militias in southern Libya spread to the centre of the country’s fourth largest city Sabha on Tuesday despite the deployment of army troops trying to stop the violence which has so far killed... Full story

Taliban offer online questions, answers

Afghan security forces present captured Taliban fighters, dressed as women, to the media in Laghman province on Wednesday. Laghman security forces captured seven insurgents disguised as women. — AFP photo
Worried about whether Islamic verses on Facebook are allowed? Or that suicide bombers kill innocent civilians? Afghanistan’s Taliban have set up a new question-and-answer section on their web site to address such issues. Full story

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Man gets ‘most extensive’ face transplant ever

Richard Lee Norris
A US man who lost his lips, nose and teeth in a 1997 gun accident has received the most extensive face transplant to date, according to doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Centre. Full story

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Tibetan dies from self-immolation in India

A Tibetan activist gestures during a protest in New Delhi on Wednesday. — AFP photo
A Tibetan man died on Wednesday after setting himself on fire earlier this week in New Delhi to protest Chinese rule of the Himalayan region, activists said, hours before Chinese president Hu Jintao was due to arrive in India for a summit... Full story

Pope, Raul Castro meet

Pope Benedict and the Cuban president, Raul Castro, met on Tuesday for talks on a papal trip that has sparked hopes for economic and political change, but one national leader said there would be no political reform on the communist island. Full story

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Mofaz ousts Livni to become Israel opposition chief

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Israel’s former defence minister Shaul Mofaz roundly defeated his rival for the leadership of the country’s opposition party Kadima, taking nearly two-thirds of the vote, the party said on Wednesday. Full story

Iran says expects nuclear talks on April 13

Iran expects to reopen talks with world powers – that could defuse mounting tensions over its disputed nuclear programme – on April 13, state news agency IRNA quoted foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi as saying on Wednesday. Full story

Mitt Romney hits back at Russian president

Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney’s camp hit back Tuesday at Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, saying he clearly favours Democrat Barack Obama but back-pedaling on a claim that Moscow is Washington’s... Full story

Russian prisoner ‘arranged helicopter escape over web’

A Russian prisoner who last week fled his penal colony in a helicopter had freely arranged his jail break over the Internet and using mobile phones, investigators said Wednesday.Alexei Shestakov had been in prison in the... Full story

Mali divided over junta as world pushes for end to coup

Thousands marched on Wednesday in support of Mali’s coup leaders, who sought to quell fears they plan to cling to power by promising democracy and ruling out taking part in elections. Full story

US plane in emergency landing after pilot rant

A US airliner made an emergency landing in Texas on Tuesday after the pilot, shouting about al-Qaeda and bomb threats, had to be restrained by passengers, officials and reports said. Full story

Strauss-Kahn called women ‘equipment’ in text messages

Disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn admitted to police that he referred to young women guests at sex parties as ‘equipment’ in text messages, according to a report Wednesday. Full story


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