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  • A displaced family stand by their makeshift shelter at a United Nations compound which has become home to thousands of people displaced by the recent fighting, in the Jebel area on the outskirts of Juba, South Sudan on Tuesday. — AP photo


South Sudan city is ‘war zone’

A displaced family stand by their makeshift shelter at a United Nations compound which has become home to thousands of people displaced by the recent fighting, in the Jebel area on the outskirts of Juba, South Sudan on Tuesday. — AP photo
Fighting continued on Wednesday in South Sudan’s city of Bor, a government official said, describing it as ‘a war zone’ where the army and rebels are battling even as both sides have committed to peace talks in neighbouring Ethiopia. Full story

Politics over gang-rape victim’s body

Left party leaders and supporters clashed with the Kolkata Police on Wednesday over the cremation of the body of a 16-year-old gang-rape victim, who died in a government-run city hospital on Tuesday, reports Hindustan Times. Full story

India, Pakistan exchange N-facilities list

India and Pakistan exchanged lists of their nuclear facilities Wednesday as part of a 1988 pact that bars them from attacking each other’s nuclear installations. The exchange, occurring in New Delhi and Islamabad... Full story

Australia slams WikiLeaks Party talks with Assad

The Australian foreign minister, Julie Bishop, has condemned as ‘reckless’ and ‘counterproductive’ a WikiLeaks Party delegation which met with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in Damascus. Full story

Global fireworks party welcomes in 2014

Times Square erupted in joy and a shower of multi-collared confetti as New York City’s famed crystal ball eased down to mark the year’s final seconds and usher in 2014 on Wednesday. Full story

2.1 million sign up for ‘Obamacare’ health insurance

More than 2 million people have signed up for private health insurance through president Barack Obama’s signature reform after a botched rollout, the US government said Tuesday. The Affordable Care Act, widely known as Obamacare... Full story

North Korea claims strength after removal of ‘filth’

Kim Jong Un boasted Wednesday that North Korea enters the new year on a surge of strength because of the elimination of ‘factionalist filth’ — a reference to the young leader’s once powerful uncle, whose execution last month raised... Full story

Japan’s Abe should learn from Germany

Chinese state media kept up the heat on the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, on the first day of 2014, urging him to learn from Germany in dealing with divisive historical issues. ‘Abe’s conspicuous lack of historical honesty contrasts... Full story

US seeks to block Afghan prisoner release

US officials are seeking to block a move by an Afghan panel to free 88 detainees from a prison north of Kabul the Americans say would pose a security threat if released. Spokesman for US forces in Afghanistan, Colonel Dave Lapan... Full story

NY new mayor Blasio sworn in

The first Democrat in more than two decades has been sworn in as the new mayor of New York City, BBConline reported. Bill de Blasio took the oath of office outside his home a few minutes into the new year, in line with tradition. Full story

Musharraf fails to go to court, bomb found

Former Pakistani president and army chief Pervez Musharraf failed to appear in court Wednesday for the second hearing in his high-profile treason case after authorities said they found an explosive device near his home. Full story

Palestinian envoy dies in Prague blast

The Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic, Jamal al-Jamal, was killed by a blast in his Prague residence on Wednesday, the police said. ‘With regret we confirm this information provided by the emergency services... Full story

Saudi morality police may relax rules on prayer times

Saudi Arabia’s morality police may relax the kingdom’s strict rules on closing shops and businesses for prayer five times a day, the force’s head Sheikh Abdulatif Al al-Sheikh was quoted as saying by local press on Wednesday. Full story

Zuma urges S Africans to build on Mandela’s legacy

South Africans must build on Nelson Mandela’s legacy of racial unity and reconciliation in memory of the anti-apartheid hero, the president, Jacob Zuma, said Tuesday in a New Year message. Full story

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