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  • People unload the few belongings on Thursday at Minkammen, South Sudan that they were able to bring with them to the camps. Hundreds of civilians fleeing violence in Bor region arrive at dawn to one of the many small ports that run alongside the camps in Awerial region, having crossed over the Nile River by night. — AFP photo

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S Sudan rivals battle over key oil region

People unload the few belongings on Thursday at Minkammen, South Sudan that they were able to bring with them to the camps. Hundreds of civilians fleeing violence in Bor region arrive at dawn to one of the many small ports that run alongside the camps in Awerial region, having crossed over the Nile River by night. — AFP photo
South Sudan’s government said Thursday it was battling to retake the key rebel-held town of Bentiu, as thousands of civilians continued to flee fighting across the country. The ongoing fighting, mainly in the oil-rich north and around Bor in the centre, came... Full story

Jihadists fighting back in north Syria

Jihadists battling rebels in northern Syria fought Thursday to recover lost turf nearly a week after a new front opened in the conflict gripping the country. The fighting comes a day after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was expelled from Aleppo city... Full story

Tunisia PM resigns for caretaker govt

Tunisia’s Islamist prime minister Ali Larayedh resigned on Thursday to make way for a non-partisan caretaker government as part of a deal with his opponents to complete a transition to democracy. Full story

Huge manhunt ends as rape suspect is caught

A massive manhunt that saw thousands of Japanese police flood the streets ended on live television Thursday with the capture of an escaped rape suspect. Footage shot from a helicopter showed dozens of plainclothes... Full story

Heavy clashes as Iraq fighting sparks rights worries

Iraqi Iraqi security forces backed by tanks battled militants Thursday in Anbar province, where fighting has displaced thousands and sparked warnings of rights abuses and a worsening humanitarian crisis. Full story

Pak teen dies stopping suicide bomber at school

The father of a Pakistani teenager killed after tackling a suicide bomber on Thursday hailed his son for saving ‘hundreds’ of lives through his bravery. Aitzaz Hassan, aged around 15, died in hospital after stopping the bomber, who blew... Full story

Zardari in court on graft charges

Former Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari appeared before an anti-corruption court on Thursday over multi-million-dollar graft allegations dating back to the 1990s. The cases against Zardari relate to kickbacks... Full story

Chinese film director fined $1.2m for having 3 kids

Famed film director Zhang Yimou must pay more than $1.2 million in fines for having three children in violation of China’s strict family planning rules, officials said Thursday. A district government in the eastern city of Wuxi said in an online... Full story

Blast at Japan chemical plant kills 5

An explosion at a chemical factory in central Japan on Thursday killed at least five workers and injured 17 others, authorities said. Investigators suspect chemical reaction involving hydrogen caused the blast at metal and chemical company... Full story

Only 14pc want Rahul to be Indian PM: poll

Only 14 per cent of voters believe Rahul Gandhi would make the best prime minister for India, a survey found Thursday, just days after his endorsement by outgoing Congress premier Manmohan Singh. Full story

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An Indian court Thursday ordered protection for the family of a schoolgirl who was gang-raped twice and then burned to death in the country’s east, the father said. The family sought protection from the High Court in the eastern city of Kolkata... Full story


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