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  • This image taken by expedition doctor Andrew Peacock of www.footloosefotography.com on Thursday shows a helicopter from the nearby Chinese icebreaker Xue Long picking up the first batch of passengers from the stranded Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy as rescue operations take place after over a week of being trapped in the ice off Antarctica. — AFP photo

  • Policeman lathicharge an AAP member during their protest against corruption in Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission, in Allahabad on Thursday. — AP photo

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73,000 dead in Syria in 2013

More than 73,000 people were killed in Syria in 2013, the bloodiest year yet in the brutal civil war that began in March 2011, an NGO said on Wednesday. The tally from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights came as renewed... Full story

S Sudan forces advance on rebel held town before peace talks

South Sudan’s army (SPLA) advanced towards the rebel-controlled town of Bor on Thursday, its spokesman said, as both sides gathered in Ethiopia for peace talks to end three weeks of violence that has pushed the country... Full story

Malaysian authorities seize Bibles in ‘Allah’ row

Islamic authorities in Malaysia on Thursday seized 321 Bibles from a Christian group because they used the word Allah to refer to God, signalling growing intolerance that may inflame ethnic and religious tension in the Southeast... Full story

11 killed as Mogadishu hotel targeted by bombs

Three bombs exploded within an hour outside a hotel frequented by government officials in a heavily fortified district of the Somali capital on Wednesday, killing at least 11 people. Full story

Americans have little faith in government: poll

Americans enter 2014 with a profoundly negative view of their government, expressing little hope that elected officials can or will solve the nation’s biggest problems, a new poll finds. Full story

Musharraf in hospital ahead of trial

Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf was rushed to the hospital on Thursday with a ‘heart problem’ he experienced while on his way to a court hearing in a high treason case, the police and lawyers said. Full story

Italian navy rescues 233 migrants off Sicily south

The Italian navy has rescued 233 mostly African migrants from a 10 metre (yard) boat in Mediterranean waters south of Sicily as the immigration crisis that killed hundreds in shipwrecks in 2013 showed no signs of letting up... Full story

Quake in Iran kills one, injures 30

State TV says a magnitude 5.5 earthquake has killed one person and injured 30 in a small town in southern Iran. It says the quake struck early Thursday morning in the town of Bastak, about 1,200 kilometres south of the capital... Full story

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Former Israeli PM Sharon is critical

Ariel Sharon
The prime minister, Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma for eight years, was in critical condition on Thursday, clinging to life after a decline in the functioning of various bodily organs, his doctors said. Dr. Zeev Rotstein, director of Tel Hashomer... Full story

Two killed in clashes between Egyptian police and protesters

Two people were killed in violent clashes that erupted late on Wednesday between pro-Islamist protesters and police in Egypt’s coastal city of Alexandria, the Ministry of Interior said. Full story

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All passengers rescued from icebound Antarctic ship

This image taken by expedition doctor Andrew Peacock of www.footloosefotography.com on Thursday shows a helicopter from the nearby Chinese icebreaker Xue Long picking up the first batch of passengers from the stranded Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy as rescue operations take place after over a week of being trapped in the ice off Antarctica. — AFP photo
All 52 passengers were airlifted on Thursday from a Russian research vessel icebound in Antarctica and are safe on board an Australian supply ship, rescuers said. ‘Aurora Australis has advised AMSA that the 52 passengers from the Akademik... Full story

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Kejriwal government wins trust vote

Policeman lathicharge an AAP member during their protest against corruption in Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission, in Allahabad on Thursday. — AP photo
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won the confidence vote to rule Delhi, after Congress said it will support the new government in public interest, Hindustan Times reported. Speaking during the debate on the vote, Kejriwal said ‘we want to bring Swaraj, self-rule... Full story


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