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  1. Aussie relatives to visit Alps crash site

    Aussie relatives to visit Alps crash site

    Relatives of Carol and Greig Friday are travelling to the crash site in the French Alps where the Melbourne mother and son where killed earlier this week.

  2. Swedish MPs meet Snowden, talk mass surveillance

    Stockholm (AFP) - Three Swedish members of parliament met with fugitive US intelligence agent Edward Snowden at a secret location in Moscow on Friday to discuss mass surveillance, Swedish media reported.

  3. Putin's mystery military award points to Ukraine involvement

    Putin's mystery military award points to Ukraine involvement

    Moscow (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded several military units a hugely prestigious title that was given to troops for heroism during WWII, sparking new questions about the Kremlin's involvement in Ukraine.

  4. Saudi pounds Yemen rebel camps, Arab allies gather

    Saudi pounds Yemen rebel camps, Arab allies gather

    Sanaa (AFP) - Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed rebel camps in Yemen Friday in a second day of strikes as embattled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi arrived in Egypt for talks with Arab allies.

  5. Pope Francis to visit Chinese community in Florence

    Pope Francis to visit Chinese community in Florence

    Vatican City (AFP) - Pope Francis will visit one of Italy's largest Chinese communities in November, at a time when the Vatican is engaged in negotiations to normalise relations with Beijing, the Holy See said on Friday.

  6. Italy's top judges burn night oil mulling Knox fate

    Italy's top judges burn night oil mulling Knox fate

    Rome (AFP) - Judges at Italy's top court worked into the evening Friday mulling whether to uphold the murder conviction of Amanda Knox in what could be the final act of an eight-year legal drama.

  7. Venezuela sends letter of protest to US

    Venezuela sends letter of protest to US

    Caracas (AFP) - Venezuela said Friday it has sent a letter of protest to the United States over Washington's new sanctions on officials accused of an opposition crackdown.

  8. Germanwings offers families initial aid of 50,000 euros

    Germanwings offers families initial aid of 50,000 euros

    Berlin (AFP) - Germanwings has offered the families of the victims of the French Alps air disaster "up to 50,000 euros ($54,806) per passenger" towards their immediate costs, a spokesman said Friday.

  9. European airlines told to have two in cockpit at all times

    European airlines told to have two in cockpit at all times

    Berlin (AFP) - The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) recommended Friday that at least two people be present in the cockpit of planes at all times, following the apparently deliberate crashing of the Germanwings flight this week

  10. US, Iran warn 'tough' choices needed for nuclear deal

    US, Iran warn 'tough' choices needed for nuclear deal

    Lausanne (AFP) - Iran and the US warned Friday that "tough" decisions were still needed, days before a deadline to agree a deal that world powers hope will thwart any Iranian attempt to acquire nuclear weapons.

  11. Ahead of poll, aging Uzbek leader puts regime before family

    Ahead of poll, aging Uzbek leader puts regime before family

    Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) (AFP) - Lambasted in the West over his human rights record, Uzbekistan's strongman Islam Karimov looks certain to extend his 25-year grip on power at a poll Sunday despite a bitter feud inside his own family.

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