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  • South Sudanese refugees wait on a truck to be transported to the Arua District Settlement camp, about 535 kilometres North West of the Capital Kampala, in Koboko on Monday. More than 5000 South Sudanese refugees are in the settlement camp following the recent fighting between Riak Machar’s led rebel groups against the Government’s soldiers. The fighting has left thousands feared dead and taken the world’s youngest nation to the brink of civil war. — AFP photo

  • British legal professionals hold placards during a protest against cuts to the legal aid budget during a protest outside Southwark Crown Court in London on Monday. — AFP photo

  • Families fleeing violence in the Iraqi cities of Falluja and Ramadi to Kerbala wait at a checkpoint in Ein Tamarm, a town some 40 km west of Kerbala, on Sunday. — Reuters photo

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Bashir calls for end of S Sudan fighting

South Sudanese refugees wait on a truck to be transported to the Arua District Settlement camp, about 535 kilometres North West of the Capital Kampala, in Koboko on Monday. More than 5000 South Sudanese refugees are in the settlement camp following the recent fighting between Riak Machar’s led rebel groups against the Government’s soldiers. The fighting has left thousands feared dead and taken the world’s youngest nation to the brink of civil war. — AFP photo
Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir arrived Monday in Juba calling for an end to three weeks of fighting in South Sudan as mediators struggled to get peace negotiations under way in neighbouring Ethiopia. Meanwhile, China, the biggest investor in South... Full story

Abe wants to explain to China, South Korea

The Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, said on Monday he wanted to meet Chinese and South Korean leaders to explain why he visited a controversial war shrine, seen by critics as a symbol of Tokyo’s wartime aggression. Full story

Syria rebel infighting spreads

Clashes between Syrian rebels and their rivals from an al-Qaeda-linked faction spread on Monday from the country’s opposition-held areas in the north to a key eastern city, activists said. Full story

Blast kills 10 in Pakistan tribal elder’s home

At least 10 people were killed and another nine wounded Monday in an explosion at the home of a tribal leader in a restive area of northwest Pakistan, officials said. The blast came in a remote village in Khyber tribal district, close to the Afghan... Full story

UK barristers stage first strike over legal aid cuts

British legal professionals hold placards during a protest against cuts to the legal aid budget during a protest outside Southwark Crown Court in London on Monday. — AFP photo
British criminal case lawyers staged an unprecedented walkout on Monday over cuts to the government’s legal aid budget, briefly paralysing the court system. Hundreds of barristers in their black gowns and white wigs flocked outside the Old... Full story

Iraq PM urges Falluja to expel militants

Families fleeing violence in the Iraqi cities of Falluja and Ramadi to Kerbala wait at a checkpoint in Ein Tamarm, a town some 40 km west of Kerbala, on Sunday. — Reuters photo
Iraq’s prime minister urged people in the besieged city of Falluja on Monday to drive out al-Qaeda-linked insurgents to pre-empt a military offensive that officials said could be launched within days. In a statement on state television, Nuri al-Maliki... Full story

Pre-marital sex ‘against religion’: Indian judge

A judge in the Indian capital, Delhi, has said that pre-marital sex is ‘immoral’ and against the ‘tenets of every religion’, BBConline reported. Judge Virender Bhat made the remarks after ruling that sex between two adults on the promise... Full story

Treason court demands Musharraf medical report

A special court set up to try Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for treason on Monday demanded a medical report after he missed another hearing following a heart complaint. Full story

Journalist Hoggart dies

Simon Hoggart, the veteran Guardian journalist, has died at the age of 67 after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer, the British newspaper said on Monday. Hoggart joined the daily straight from university in 1968, spent... Full story

Bulgarians celebrate Epiphany

Thousands of young men are plunging into icy rivers and lakes across Bulgaria to retrieve crucifixes cast by priests in an old ritual marking the feast of Epiphany. By tradition, a crucifix is cast into the waters of a lake or river, and it is believed... Full story

NEWSLINE

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has suffered a pelvis injury during a skiing holiday in Switzerland, putting her on the sidelines for the next three weeks. Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said Monday that the chancellor suffered... Full story


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