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  • Displaced people who fled from recent fighting in Bor queue outside a clinic run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) set up in a school building in the town of Awerial, South Sudan on Thursday. — AP photo

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S Sudan talks open as battles rage

Displaced people who fled from recent fighting in Bor queue outside a clinic run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) set up in a school building in the town of Awerial, South Sudan on Thursday. — AP photo
South Sudan’s warring parties began negotiations Friday to end nearly three weeks of raging conflict which has left thousands feared dead and taken the world’s youngest nation to the brink of all-out civil war. Full story

Manmohan says no to third term, backs Rahul

The Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh, on Friday ruled out serving another term after an election due by May and threw his support behind Nehru-Gandhi dynasty scion Rahul Gandhi to lead the country if their party wins the vote. Full story

NYT, Gurdian call for clemency for Snowden

The New York Times and Guardian newspapers have called for clemency for Edward Snowden, saying that the espionage worker-turned-privacy advocate should be praised rather than punished for his disclosures. Full story

Contrast for parties in 2016 presidential race

The early stages of the 2016 US presidential contest are worlds apart for Democrats and Republicans. Many Democrats already view Hillary Rodham Clinton as a quasi-incumbent, someone who could take the reins... Full story

62 al-Qaeda men killed in Iraq

Iraqi security forces and allied tribesmen killed 62 al-Qaeda-linked militants in the Ramadi area west of Baghdad on Friday, a senior leader of the Sahwa militia said. Sheikh Ahmed Abu Risha said 16 members... Full story

Thai protesters say no plan to shut airports

Thailand’s anti-government protest movement reassured tourists Friday that it would not target the kingdom’s airports or public transportation during a planned ‘shutdown’ of Bangkok later this month. Full story

UK papers show hunt for Thatcher-Reagan hoaxers

Declassified documents reveal how British spies hunted in vain for the creator of a fake recording of a spat between British prime minister Margaret Thatcher and US president Ronald Reagan. Soviet spies, Argentine agents... Full story

935,000 flee conflict in C Africa : UN

The number of people uprooted by conflict in the Central African Republic is nearing one million, with half of the residents of the capital Bangui driven from their homes, the United Nations said Friday. ‘The humanitarian situation in the... Full story

Ships head to Syria for delayed chemical shipment

Danish and Norwegian vessels left the Cypriot port of Limassol Friday and headed towards Syria to escort a delayed shipment of chemical weapons for destruction, a spokesman said. ‘The Norwegian-Danish task group... Full story

Israel tests Arrow missile shield

Israel successfully tested its upgraded Arrow ballistic missile interceptor for the second time on Friday, pushing forward work on a US-backed defence against threats seen from Iran, Syria and Lebanon’s Hezbollah guerrillas. Full story

Ex-FM wins Madagascar election

Former finance minister Hery Rajaonarimampianina won Madagascar’s first presidential election since a coup in 2009 but his closest rival said the vote was rigged, raising concerns the island could remain mired in political turmoil. Full story

No amnesty for serious war-time abusers: Nepal court

Nepal’s Supreme Court has told the government it must ensure serious human rights violators are not given amnesties by a truth and reconciliation commission which will investigate crimes committed during a decade-long civil war. Full story

High winds, waves lash Britain’s coast

High winds, waves and tides are lashing Britain’s western coast in a winter storm that has flooded seaside towns and low-lying areas. Wales, southwest England and Northern Ireland are the worst... Full story

More than 1,000 chosen for one-way Mars reality

More than 1,000 candidates — from 200,000 hopefuls — have been chosen to train for a private Mars colonisation mission to be partly funded by a reality-TV show following their training and subsequent steps, organisers said on Thursday. Full story

Myanmar protest seeks constitutional change

Activists have rallied peacefully in Myanmar’s biggest city to call for changing the constitution to allow pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to serve as president. The small demonstration Friday in Yangon came... Full story


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