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  1. Iran mother spares life of son's killer with slap

    Iran mother spares life of son's killer with slap

    Tehran (AFP) - An Iranian mother spared the life of her son's convicted murderer with an emotional slap in the face as he awaited execution with the noose around his neck, a newspaper reported Thursday.

  2. Anger boils over in search for S. Korea ferry missing

    Anger boils over in search for S. Korea ferry missing

    Jindo (South Korea) (AFP) - Emotions boiled over Thursday in the frantic search for 300 people -- mostly schoolchildren -- missing from a capsized South Korean ferry, with angry parents confronting President Park Geun-Hye as prospects dwindled of finding survivors.

  3. Malaysian lawmaker who defended Anwar killed in car crash

    Malaysian lawmaker who defended Anwar killed in car crash

    Kuala Lumpur (AFP) - A leading Malaysian politician who gained fame defending opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in his sensational sodomy trials was killed in a road accident on Thursday, police said.

  4. Iraq policeman gives life to shield recruits, attacks kill 15

    Iraq policeman gives life to shield recruits, attacks kill 15

    Mosul (Iraq) (AFP) - An Iraqi policeman sacrificed himself to shield army recruits from a suicide bomber northeast of Baghdad on Thursday, as attacks targeting security personnel killed 15 people country-wide.

  5. Top pathologist hired by Pistorius won't testify

    Top pathologist hired by Pistorius won't testify

    Pretoria (AFP) - A star pathologist hired by Oscar Pistorius told AFP on Thursday he will not testify at the athlete's murder trial, another blow for his defence after a week of savage cross-examination.

  6. Snowden questions Putin on surveillance in phone-in

    Snowden questions Putin on surveillance in phone-in

    Moscow (AFP) - Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden on Thursday joined a phone-in with Russian President Vladimir Putin, quizzing him over the extent of Moscow's surveillance activities.

  7. Ukraine disbands army unit after fiasco push into east

    Ukraine disbands army unit after fiasco push into east

    Kiev (AFP) - Ukraine on Thursday disbanded an army unit that lost six armoured vehicles to pro-Russian militants, as Kiev's military reeled from a disastrous attempt to oust separatists in its eastern regions.

  8. China Xinjiang teen 'dies after police clash'

    Beijing (AFP) - A teenager in China's Xinjiang has died after speeding past police checkpoints and clashing with officers, state media said Thursday, in the latest violence to hit the restive far-western region.

  9. Palestinians rally for prisoners as peace talks falter

    Palestinians rally for prisoners as peace talks falter

    Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Palestinians gathered across the West Bank and Gaza on Thursday for rallies of solidarity with Israeli-held prisoners, as peace talks near collapse after the Jewish state refused to free long-serving inmates.

  10. 'Chinese Twitter' firm Weibo to go public in US

    'Chinese Twitter' firm Weibo to go public in US

    New York (AFP) - Sina Weibo, widely known as China's version of Twitter, is to go public in the United States Thursday at a price below expectations after a recent sell-off in technology stocks.

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