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  • BJP set to sweep MP — BJP: 107; Congress: 51
  • Israel minister proposes partial West Bank annexation
  • South Africa unites in prayer for Mandela
  • Pakistan turns to China for development
  • People react next to dead bodies as they stand at the back of a truck near a site hit by what activists say was an air raid from forces loyal to the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, in Raqqa, eastern Syria on Saturday. — Reuters photo

  • Young South Africans release 95 balloons representing the 95 years of life enjoyed by former president Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg on Friday. — Reuters photo

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Aid groups urge protection of Syrian medical facilities

People react next to dead bodies as they stand at the back of a truck near a site hit by what activists say was an air raid from forces loyal to the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, in Raqqa, eastern Syria on Saturday. — Reuters photo
The officials from organisations with health-related missions in Syria called on Friday for the protection of medical facilities and personnel there. A joint statement by UNICEF, the World Health Organisation and the UN’s humanitarian operations ‘strongly... Full story

Iran diplomacy must be backed by military power: US

Diplomacy with Iran must be backed up by US military might, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel said on Saturday in a speech addressed to Gulf allies anxious over a nuclear deal with Tehran. Full story

Yemen says regains ministry compound, 12 militants killed

Yemen said on Friday it had regained full control of its Defence Ministry compound in Sanaa a day after a militant attack, claimed by an al-Qaeda-affiliated group, killed 56 people, including foreign medical staff. Full story

Japan parliament approves contentious secrets law

Japan̢۪s parliament approved a state secrets law that stiffens penalties for leaks by government officials and for journalists who seek such information, overriding criticism that it could be used to cover up government abuses... Full story

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Song, dance, tears for Mandela in South Africa

Young South Africans release 95 balloons representing the 95 years of life enjoyed by former president Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg on Friday. — Reuters photo
Themba Radebe spun slowly in a circle. First he pointed his cellphone camera at a group of children chanting Nelson Mandela̢۪s name as they waved posters of the anti-apartheid champion. Then pivoting to his right, Radebe aimed his camera at a swaying... Full story

Peace with Palestinians not imminent: Israeli FM

The Israeli foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, has said Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are unlikely to bear fruit within the envisioned nine-month timeframe but that dialogue should continue. Full story

Thailand to help with any Rohingya investigation

Thailand will help the United Nations and the United States with any investigation into the findings of a Reuters report that Thai immigration officials moved Myanmar refugees into human-trafficking rings, the prime minister said on Saturday. Full story

Mandela: Aids ‘taboo breaker’

Though at first muted in his approach to the issues surrounding HIV/Aids, Nelson Mandela eventually became a dedicated and extremely effective advocate for a more vigorous approach to the disease, BBC reported. Full story

Oman says it opposes union of Gulf states

Oman opposes upgrading the Gulf Cooperation Council to a union of six nations, an idea first mooted by regional heavyweight Saudi Arabia, Muscat̢۪s foreign minister said on Saturday. The union issue is on the agenda of the GCC summit... Full story

Dozens killed in north Kenya inter-ethnic fighting

Dozens of people have died in northern Kenya in a week of fierce clashes between rival ethnic groups, aid sources and reports said on Saturday. The ongoing unrest, centred around the town of Moyale in Marsabit county on... Full story

Outraged Ukrainians protest leader̢۪s Russia overture

Outraged Ukrainians rallied in central Kiev on Saturday after the president, Viktor Yanukovych, discussed a new strategic partnership agreement with Russia̢۪s Vladimir Putin upon rejecting a historic EU deal. Full story

US newlyweds killed man for thrills

A couple married just three weeks lured a Pennsylvania man to his death with a Craigslist ad because they wanted to kill someone together, police said. Elytte Barbour told officers before his arrest Friday night that he and his wife... Full story

No quick end to political impasse: Thai PM

Yingluck Shinawatra
Thailand̢۪s prime minister said on Saturday that while she sees no quick end to her country̢۪s deep political impasse, her government is willing to negotiate with opponents to end the crisis. Speaking in an interview with a small group of foreign journalists, Yingluck Shinawatra said... Full story

Civilians venture out in Bangui as French troops patrol

Life began returning to the Central African Republic capital Bangui on Saturday, two days after deadly clashes, but witnesses said an order for troops to return to barracks had gone largely unheeded. Full story

Icy storm slams Southwest, shuts down North Texas

Freezing rain and stinging winds slammed the Southwest on Friday, covering highways in frost and closing schools and businesses, as millions of residents hunkered down for icy conditions expected to last through the weekend. Full story


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