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  • A Syrian refugee shovels snow outside her tent in the makeshift refugee camp of Terbol near the Bekaa Valley town of Zahleh in eastern Lebanon on Thursday. — AFP photo

  • Pro-European integration protesters clear snow from Independence Square in Kiev on Wednesday. — Reuters photo

  • The US president, Barack Obama, right, and the British prime minister, David Cameron pose for a picture with Denmark’s prime minister Helle Thorning Schmidt, centre, next to US First Lady Michelle Obama, right, during the memorial service of South African former president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium (Soccer City) in Johannesburg on Tuesday. — AFP photo

  • A man holds a portrait of Nelson Mandela as people queue to bid farewell to South African former president Nelson Mandela lying in state outside the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Thursday. —AFP photo

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Winter storm lashes Syria refugees

 A Syrian refugee shovels snow outside her tent in the makeshift refugee camp of Terbol near the Bekaa Valley town of Zahleh in eastern Lebanon on Thursday. — AFP photo
A bruising winter storm brought severe weather to the Middle East Thursday, forcing the closure of roads and schools and blanketing already miserable Syrian refugee camps with snow and ice. In tent camps across Lebanon thousands of Syrian... Full story

Japan to boost military amid row with China

Pacifist Japan will adopt new defence guidelines next week paving the way for its military to respond more quickly and forcefully to perceived threats from China and North Korea, officials said Thursday. Full story

Nigeria largely ignores sectarian violence: HRW

Nigerian authorities have largely ignored sectarian clashes in the nation̢۪s religiously mixed central region that have killed 3,000 people since 2010, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. Full story

Thousands flee Sudan̢۪s war-torn Blue Nile: UN

Food shortages and fighting between government forces and rebels have forced almost 3,000 people to flee their homes in Sudan̢۪s Blue Nile state, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Full story

Ukraine protesters hold firm as US mulls sanctions

Pro-European integration protesters clear snow from Independence Square in Kiev on Wednesday. — Reuters photo
Ukrainian demonstrators celebrated holding three weeks of protests Thursday over the government̢۪s decision to reject a historic EU deal, as the United States threatened sanctions after a failed police raid on the protest barricades. Tensions in the capital... Full story

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Obama, Cameron ‘selfie’ at Mandela memorial creates online stir

 The US president, Barack Obama, right, and the British prime minister, David Cameron pose for a picture with Denmark’s prime minister Helle Thorning Schmidt, centre, next to US First Lady Michelle Obama, right, during the memorial service of South African former president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium (Soccer City) in Johannesburg on Tuesday. — AFP photo
The US president, Barack Obama, may have moved the masses attending Nelson Mandela’s memorial service with his stirring eulogy on Tuesday, but it was his grinning ‘selfie’ with the Danish and British premiers that set social networks abuzz. Full story

Berlusconi threatens 'revolution' if he is jailed

The former Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, who lost parliamentary immunity when he was expelled from the Senate last month, said on Thursday revolution would break out if he were arrested and thrown in prison. The 77-year-old media... Full story

Saudi top cleric calls suicide bombers ‘criminals’

Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah al-Sheikh branded suicide bombers as ‘criminals’ who will go to ‘hell,’ Al-Hayat daily reported on Thursday. Suicide bombings are ‘great crimes’ and bombers are ‘criminals... Full story

Mandela village under lockdown ahead of burial

A man holds a portrait of Nelson Mandela as people queue to bid farewell to South African former president Nelson Mandela lying in state outside the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Thursday. —AFP photo
South African troops and mounted police patrolled Nelson Mandela̢۪s boyhood home of Qunu on Thursday, with the village under virtual security lockdown ahead of the peace icon̢۪s burial there at the weekend. Thousands of high profile mourners... Full story

Iran road accident kills 15, including 11 Afghans

A crash involving several cars in central Iran has killed 15 people, including 11 Afghans, on a road often used by illegal migrants crossing from neighbouring Afghanistan. Iranian state TV says at least four cars hit one another in... Full story

Japan man stole $185,000 to feed 120 cats

A Japanese man went on a year-long burglary spree, making off with a haul worth $185,000 to feed 120 cats a gourmet diet, the police said Thursday. Mamoru Demizu, 48, is suspected of breaking into houses to steal cash and jewels... Full story

India govt mulls legalising gay sex after court ban

India̢۪s government said Thursday it would look at ways to swiftly reverse a shock ruling which reinstated a ban on gay sex, accusing the Supreme Court of dragging the country back to the 19th century. Full story

Accidential blast in Kabul arms depot triggers alarm

An accidental explosion in an arms depot shook central Kabul on Thursday before Afghan officials moved quickly to allay fears of an attack on the city that has often been targeted by militants. Full story


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