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  1. UN Security Council threatens sanctions over S. Sudan violence

    UN Security Council threatens sanctions over S. Sudan violence

    United Nations (United States) (AFP) - The UN Security Council on Thursday brandished the threat of targeted sanctions against those responsible for deadly violence in South Sudan, in a firm and unanimous statement.

  2. Abdullah in lead as Afghan election set for run-off

    Abdullah in lead as Afghan election set for run-off

    Kabul (AFP) - Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah retained a clear lead in the latest Afghan presidential election results released Thursday, but he remained below the threshold needed for a decisive first-round victory.

  3. Afghan policeman guns down three US citizens at Kabul hospital

    Afghan policeman guns down three US citizens at Kabul hospital

    Kabul (AFP) - An Afghan policeman opened fire at a Kabul hospital run by a US charity on Thursday, killing three Americans including a doctor, in the latest deadly attack targeting foreign civilians in the city.

  4. Obama in Tokyo backs Japan in China island row

    Obama in Tokyo backs Japan in China island row

    Tokyo (AFP) - US President Barack Obama vowed Thursday to defend Japan if China attacks over a tense territorial dispute, but also urged Beijing to step in to thwart North Korea's "dangerous" nuclear march.

  5. Man crushed by giant John Paul II crucifix in Italy

    Man crushed by giant John Paul II crucifix in Italy

    Rome (AFP) - An Italian man was crushed to death on Wednesday by a giant crucifix honouring John Paul II that collapsed during a ceremony ahead of the late pope's canonisation.

  6. China 'approves jail terms for rare wild animal eaters'

    China 'approves jail terms for rare wild animal eaters'

    Beijing (AFP) - China's legislature voted on Thursday to approve a legal measure that will jail people caught eating rare wild animals, state media reported.

  7. Israel halts peace talks after Palestinians agree unity deal

    Israel halts peace talks after Palestinians agree unity deal

    Jerusalem (AFP) - Israel said Thursday it was halting peace talks with the Palestinians, following a unity deal struck between the Palestinian leadership and the Islamist Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip.

  8. Clashes in Kashmir as India heads back to the polls

    Clashes in Kashmir as India heads back to the polls

    Anantnag (India) (AFP) - Tens of millions voted Thursday in different regions of India in the latest stage of a massive five-week election, but militant threats kept many Kashmiris away from polling stations while others clashed with police.

  9. Bloody souvenir 'not from decapitated French King Louis XVI'

    Bloody souvenir 'not from decapitated French King Louis XVI'

    Paris (AFP) - Two centuries after the French people beheaded King Louis XVI and dipped their handkerchiefs in his blood, DNA analysis has thrown new doubt on the authenticity of one such rag kept as a morbid souvenir.

  10. Putin critic Navalny escapes immediate threat of jail

    Putin critic Navalny escapes immediate threat of jail

    Moscow (AFP) - Prominent Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Thursday escaped the imminent threat of jail when a court ruled to extend his house arrest by another six months, his spokeswoman said.

  11. Armenia accuses Turkey of 'utter denial' on genocide

    Armenia accuses Turkey of 'utter denial' on genocide

    Yerevan (AFP) - Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian on Thursday accused Turkey of an "utter denial" in failing to recognise World War I mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as genocide, apparently brushing off Ankara's first ever offer of condolences for the tragedy.

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