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South Sudan civil war fears grow

Civilians arrive for shelter at the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) compound in Bor, South Sudan on Wednesday. — Reuters photo
South Sudan rebels seized a key town Thursday as days of fierce fighting sparked fears of a descent into civil war, with regional countries scrambling to kickstart peace efforts. Rebelling troops loyal to fugitive former vice president Riek Machar seized the town... Full story

NSA surveillance needed to fight terrorism: Putin

The president, Vladimir Putin, said Thursday that the National Security Agency surveillance is necessary to fight terrorism, but added that the government needs to ‘limit the appetite’ of the agency with a clear set of ground rules. Full story

UN finds systematic disappearances in Syria

A UN panel probing war crimes in Syria reported Thursday that people around the country are systematically vanishing without a trace as part of a widespread campaign of terror against civilians. Full story

Bloodshed, settlements hike pressure on ME talks

The struggling Middle East peace talks came under further pressure on Thursday after Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinians and prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to push more settlement construction. Full story

Ex-rebels killed ‘nearly 1,000’ in two day Bangui rampage

Amnesty International said Thursday the Central African Republic̢۪s mostly Muslim ex-rebels killed nearly 1,000 people in the capital Bangui two weeks ago in a rampage avenging deadly Christian militia attacks. Full story

Mubarak̢۪s sons, PM acquitted of corruption

An Egyptian court on Thursday acquitted former leader Hosni Mubarak̢۪s two sons and his last prime minister of corruption charges, judicial officials said. The Cairo criminal court found Gamal and Alaa Mubarak and Ahmed... Full story

Thailand political crisis set for crunch weekend

Thailand̢۪s political crisis is poised to enter a crucial new phase this weekend as the main opposition mulls a possible boycott of snap polls and protesters ramp up rallies aimed at toppling the government. Full story

33 killed in Iraq attacks

Two suicide bombers detonated explosives belts among Shia pilgrims in Iraq on Thursday, killing at least 28 people, while militants shot dead a family of five, officials said. The deadliest attack hit the Dura area of south Baghdad... Full story

Europe launches satellite to map 1b stars

The European Space Agency successfully launched its star-surveying satellite Gaia into space Thursday in a bid to produce the most accurate three-dimensional map of the Milky Way, and provide an insight into the evolution of our galaxy. Full story

Raids, shells kill 26 after Pakistan suicide attack

At least 23 suspected militants plus three civilians have been killed in raids and shelling by Pakistani forces in the country̢۪s troubled northwest, officials said Thursday. The violence in North Waziristan tribal district came... Full story

News of the World ‘hacked William’s messages for Kate’

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The News of the World hacked voicemail messages from Prince William to Kate Middleton in which the heir to the throne called his future wife ‘babykins’, a British court heard Thursday. The messages were obtained by police and read out during... Full story

Putin says to pardon jailed tycoon Khodorkovsky

The president, Vladimir Putin, is to pardon one of his best known opponents, jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, in what may be a gesture to critics of his human rights record before Russia hosts the Winter Olympics. Full story


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