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  • Local residents queue to fill their sandbags in Egham, west of London on Wednesday. Flooded communities in Britain faced a fresh battering from storms and high winds on Wednesday as emergency efforts in stricken areas picked up following criticism of a sluggish response. — AFP photo

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Opposition loses bid to annul Thai election

Thailand’s opposition on Wednesday lost a legal bid to nullify a controversial election disrupted by anti-government protests, in a boost to prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s crisis-hit administration. Full story

Storms to lash flooded parts of Britain

Local residents queue to fill their sandbags in Egham, west of London on Wednesday. Flooded communities in Britain faced a fresh battering from storms and high winds on Wednesday as emergency efforts in stricken areas picked up following criticism of a sluggish response. — AFP photo
Flooded communities in Britain faced a fresh battering from storms and high winds on Wednesday as emergency efforts in stricken areas picked up following criticism of a sluggish response. Fourteen severe flood warnings — indicating a danger to life... Full story

Activists in Homs fear arrest if they leave

Syrian activists holed up in besieged districts of Homs say they fear being arrested if they leave after hundreds of men were detained by authorities as they exited the city. ‘There are some 60 activists in the besieged areas. Full story

Iran warns ready for battle with US, Israel

Armed forces chief of staff General Hassan Firouzabadi has warned the Islamic republic’s arch-foes that Iran is prepared for a ‘decisive battle’ if attacked, Fars news agency reported on Wednesday. Full story

Study merges worldwide data on sex assaults on women

Worldwide, one woman in 14 has been sexually assaulted by someone other than a partner, according to the first global estimate of the problem, published on Wednesday. Its authors said that despite important gaps in data, the overall... Full story

Deadly ice, snow storm take aim at US South

A major winter storm that has caused at least six deaths unfurled across much of the US South on Tuesday, and forecasters warned that ice could cripple road travel and bring widespread power outages in coming days. Full story

Obama, Francois in show of ‘bonhomie’ at White House

There were no ‘freedom fries’ or any other remembrances from strained Franco-American ties in the past. Instead, it was dry-aged beef and plenty of ‘bonhomie’ as president Barack Obama gave a lavish welcome to French president... Full story

Married for 50 years? Poland says you deserve a medal

Grey-haired and grinning, two dozen couples hold champagne flutes at a Warsaw ceremony in their honour. They survived 50 years of marriage and in Poland, that is reason enough for a presidential medal. Full story

Pakistan among most dangerous countries for journalists

Pakistan remains one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said in its annual report released Wednesday, with the restive province of Baluchistan a hotspot for violence. Full story

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The Italian prime minister, Enrico Letta, Wednesday met with the new leader of his party, Matteo Renzi, who observers say may have ambitions to take over as head of government. Letta was due to give a press conference later on... Full story


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