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  1. Eight Spanish combatants arrested after returning from Ukraine

    Eight Spanish combatants arrested after returning from Ukraine

    Madrid (AFP) - Police arrested eight Spanish men who returned from fighting alongside pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine, in what they said was the first operation of its kind in Europe.

  2. Afghan avalanches toll 'rises above 250'

    Afghan avalanches toll 'rises above 250'

    Kabul (AFP) - More than 250 people have been killed in a series of avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall around Afghanistan this week, provincial authorities said Friday.

  3. Abbott, Key to discuss Iraq commitment

    Prime Minister Tony Abbott will formally meet his New Zealand counterpart John Key for bilateral talks.

  4. Gaza floods: dispelling the myth about Israeli 'dams'

    Gaza floods: dispelling the myth about Israeli 'dams'

    Tzeelim (Israel) (AFP) - Once again this winter, following days of very heavy rainfall across the region, the banks of a riverbed running through central Gaza were breached, flooding dozens of Palestinian homes.

  5. US, Cuba resume normalization talks

    US, Cuba resume normalization talks

    Washington (AFP) - US and Cuban negotiators on Friday opened a second round of historic talks aimed at overcoming half a century of enmity and restoring full diplomatic ties.

  6. Rock star Glitter jailed for 16 years

    British rock star Gary Glitter has been sentenced to 16 years in prison after being found guilty of sexually abusing three schoolgirls.

  7. Mugabe admits land reform blunder

    Mugabe admits land reform blunder

    Harare (AFP) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has admitted he blundered by giving ill-equipped black farmers vast tracts of farmland seized from whites under his controversial land reforms.

  8. Ukrainian pilot could 'die within days' in Russian jail

    Ukrainian pilot could 'die within days' in Russian jail

    Moscow (AFP) - A Ukrainian airforce pilot, who has been on hunger strike in a Russian prison for 77 days, "could die within days," a member of the Kremlin's human rights council said Friday.

  9. Bangladesh activists protest against US blogger's murder

    Bangladesh activists protest against US blogger's murder

    Dhaka (AFP) - Hundreds of protesters rallied in Dhaka on Friday to denounce the murder of a prominent American blogger of Bangladeshi origin hacked to death with machetes after he allegedly received threats from Islamists.

  10. Sukumaran awarded degree on death row

    Sukumaran awarded degree on death row

    The family of death row prisoner Myuran Sukumaran has cause for a moment of joy, after he was awarded his associate degree in fine arts.

  11. Mexico captures Knights Templar drug cartel leader

    Mexico captures Knights Templar drug cartel leader

    Mexico City (AFP) - Mexican police captured Knights Templar drug cartel leader Servando Gomez on Friday, whose gang tormented western Michoacan state, smuggled drugs to the United States and illegally shipped iron ore to China.

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