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  1. Berlusconi tax rap over, sex trial D-day looms

    Berlusconi tax rap over, sex trial D-day looms

    Milan (AFP) - Italy's Silvio Berlusconi wound up a community service sentence for tax fraud Friday, days before Italy's top court reviews his acquittal for buying sex from underage dancer "Ruby the Heart Stealer".

  2. Austria avoids kissing goodbye to Nazi-looted Klimt masterpiece

    Austria avoids kissing goodbye to Nazi-looted Klimt masterpiece

    Vienna (AFP) - One of Austria's most treasured artworks, Gustav Klimt's Beethoven Frieze, looks likely to remain in the country for now after an expert panel Friday rejected restitution claims by descendants of its Jewish former owners who were robbed by the Nazis.

  3. South Sudan peace talks collapse

    South Sudan peace talks collapse

    Addis Ababa (AFP) - South Sudan's warring leaders failed to reach a deal to end more than a year of civil war, mediators said Friday, with the latest collapse in peace talks paving the way for possible sanctions.

  4. Red alert lifted for Chilean volcano

    Red alert lifted for Chilean volcano

    Santiago (AFP) - Authorities Friday lifted a red alert for the area surrounding a southern Chile volcano, whose brief but fiery eruption forced the evacuation of thousands of people amid a shower of fire and ash earlier in the week.

  5. Five hurt as driver rams car into Jerusalem pedestrians

    Five hurt as driver rams car into Jerusalem pedestrians

    Jerusalem (AFP) - A driver ploughed into pedestrians in Jerusalem Friday, injuring five people in an attack that further inflamed tensions a day after the Palestinians vowed to halt security coordination with Israel.

  6. Widespread outrage after IS bulldozes ancient Iraq city

    Widespread outrage after IS bulldozes ancient Iraq city

    Baghdad (AFP) - Condemnation poured in Friday of the Islamic State group's bulldozing of the ancient city of Nimrud, the jihadists' latest attack on Iraqi cultural treasures that the UN termed a "war crime".

  7. More Filipinos pushed into poverty by Haiyan, high rice prices

    More Filipinos pushed into poverty by Haiyan, high rice prices

    Manila (AFP) - Super typhoon Haiyan and surging rice prices pushed the number of Filipinos living in poverty to 25.8 percent in the first half of last year despite strong economic growth, official data released Friday showed.

  8. Germany adopts 'historic' quota for women board members

    Germany adopts 'historic' quota for women board members

    Berlin (AFP) - Germany's biggest companies will be required to have women fill a third of their supervisory boards from next year under a law adopted in parliament on Friday.

  9. Malaysia Airlines increases aircraft tracking rate after MH370

    Malaysia Airlines increases aircraft tracking rate after MH370

    Kuala Lumpur (AFP) - Malaysia Airlines has increased the frequency with which its aircraft are tracked, the carrier said on Friday, a safety enhancement spurred by the still unexplained disappearance of flight MH370 one year ago.

  10. 'On the brink': Ukrainian pilot ends hunger strike in Russia jail

    'On the brink': Ukrainian pilot ends hunger strike in Russia jail

    Moscow (AFP) - Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko has ended a more than 80 days hunger strike in protest at her detention in Russia after her health came near to collapse, her lawyer said on Friday.

  11. EU adopts climate change targets for Paris conference

    EU adopts climate change targets for Paris conference

    Brussels (AFP) - The EU formally adopted on Friday climate change targets for December's Paris conference including a 40 percent cut in emissions by 2030, climate commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said.

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