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  1. US will not take eye off Iran's 'destabilising' acts: Kerry

    US will not take eye off Iran's 'destabilising' acts: Kerry

    Riyadh (AFP) - The United States is keeping an eye on Iran's 'destabilising' acts while the two nations try to reach a deal on Tehran's nuclear programme, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday.

  2. Russian troops dying in 'large numbers' in eastern Ukraine: NATO

    Russian troops dying in 'large numbers' in eastern Ukraine: NATO

    Riga (AFP) - Russian troops are dying in combat in "large numbers" in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists have been fighting against government forces for a year, a NATO official said Thursday.

  3. Unrest shakes Aleppo as rebels say ceasefire plan 'dead end'

    Unrest shakes Aleppo as rebels say ceasefire plan 'dead end'

    Beirut (AFP) - Heavy clashes and a regime barrel bomb attack shook the Syrian city of Aleppo Thursday after rebels tried to seize an intelligence headquarters in a forceful rejection of UN ceasefire efforts.

  4. Tikrit operations cause 28,000 to flee: UN

    Tikrit operations cause 28,000 to flee: UN

    Baghdad (AFP) - Military operations aimed at retaking the Iraqi city of Tikrit from the Islamic State jihadist group have caused around 28,000 people to flee their homes, the United Nations said on Thursday.

  5. Boston bombings trial hears harrowing testimony from survivors

    Boston bombings trial hears harrowing testimony from survivors

    Boston (AFP) - Survivors of the Boston marathon bombings choked back tears Wednesday as they told how a day of celebration turned into a horrific urban war zone of torn limbs and burnt flesh.

  6. US ambassador recovers from knife attack praised by N. Korea

    US ambassador recovers from knife attack praised by N. Korea

    Seoul (AFP) - The US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was recovering from surgery Thursday after having his face and arm slashed by a knife-wielding activist in an attack applauded by North Korean state media.

  7. Russia denies US claim of 'thousands' of troops in Ukraine

    Russia denies US claim of 'thousands' of troops in Ukraine

    Moscow (AFP) - Russian officials on Thursday dismissed a claim by the United States that Moscow has sent "thousands" of troops to fight alongside pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.

  8. Bin Laden doctor faces fresh legal turmoil in Pakistan

    Bin Laden doctor faces fresh legal turmoil in Pakistan

    Peshawar (Pakistan) (AFP) - A Pakistani doctor jailed after helping the CIA in the hunt for Osama bin Laden faces fresh legal turmoil after the tribunal hearing his appeal was dissolved, officials said Thursday.

  9. US envoy assailant at war with 'foreign powers'

    US envoy assailant at war with 'foreign powers'

    Seoul (AFP) - The man who staged a shock attack on the US ambassador to South Korea is a convicted, maverick political activist whose blog writings display a profound anger towards "foreign powers" like the US and Japan.

  10. Indonesia rejects prisoner swap to save death row Australians

    Indonesia rejects prisoner swap to save death row Australians

    Cilacap (Indonesia) (AFP) - Indonesia on Thursday rejected the offer of a prisoner swap proposed by Canberra in an 11th-hour bid to save two Australian drug smugglers facing execution, saying it is determined to put to death those "who have poisoned our nation".

  11. Day of mourning to mark east Ukraine mine disaster

    Day of mourning to mark east Ukraine mine disaster

    Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Ukraine on Thursday observed a day of mourning after 32 miners perished in a blast in a notoriously dangerous mine just a few kilometres from the frontline, where Kiev is reporting an increase in attacks by pro-Russian separatists.

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