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S Sudan at ‘precipice’ as violence escalates

The US president, Barack Obama, has warned that South Sudan stands at the ‘precipice’ of civil war amid spiralling violence, with the UN launching a rescue mission after three Indian peacekeepers were killed. Full story

Thai protesters march to oust PM, postpone election

Anti-government protesters resumed marches in Bangkok on Friday, trying to energise supporters in the centre of the Thai capital before a planned mass rally at the weekend to put pressure on the prime minister, Yingluck... Full story

Shift in NSA debate favours surveillance limits

The national debate over US government surveillance, in a sharp and unexpected shift, seems to be turning in favour of reining in the National Security Agency̢۪s expansive spying powers at home and abroad. Full story

Pakistanis denounce army operation in northwest

Hundreds of Pakistanis rallied Friday against an army operation in the North Waziristan tribal area that residents claim killed many civilians even though the military said the offensive targeted militants. About 300 people, mostly students... Full story

Robot first chats at ISS

The first humanoid robot in space made small talk with a Japanese astronaut and said it had no problem with zero gravity on the International Space Station. Footage released by the robot̢۪s developers on Friday... Full story

Nine killed in Yemen clash

Nine people have been killed in sectarian fighting in northern Yemen between Shia Huthi rebels and Sunni Islamists backed by local tribes, a tribal source said on Friday. Huthi rebels have been battling the Sanaa government for... Full story

Musharraf vows to face justice in Pakistan

Pakistan̢۪s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf Thursday vowed to face justice and not flee the country in his first interview since being placed under house arrest eight months ago. Full story

French institute to restore, digitise Mandela trial recordings

France̢۪s National Audiovisual Institute (INA) announced ON Friday it would restore and digitise the recordings of the Rivonia Trial that saw Nelson Mandela and seven other anti-apartheid activists sentenced to life in jail. Full story

Philippine mayor, 3 others killed at airport

A gunman attacked a Philippine mayor as he left the country̢۪s main airport on Friday along with crowds of Christmas travellers, killing him, his wife, a child and another man, authorities and witnesses said. The gunman fired on Labangan... Full story

Cambodian PM rejects opposition's resignation call

The Cambodian prime minister, Hun Sen, on Friday rejected opposition calls for him to step down after thousands of protesters massed in the capital calling for fresh elections. The strongman leader said that... Full story

Russian tycoon Khodorkovsky is released

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the archrival of the president, Vladimir Putin, and once Russia̢۪s richest man, has been released from prison after a decade behind bars, his spokeswoman told the Associated Press on Friday. In his time in prison... Full story

India govt asks court to review anti-gay law

India̢۪s government has asked the Supreme Court to review a decision in which it upheld a colonial-era law that bans homosexual acts and makes them punishable by up to a decade in prison. The law minister, Kapil Sibal, says the... Full story


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