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  1. Nuclear rivals Pakistan and India hold first talks in a year

    Nuclear rivals Pakistan and India hold first talks in a year

    Islamabad (AFP) - Pakistan and India held their first high-level talks for nearly a year on Tuesday, with a senior Indian diplomat hailing the meeting in Islamabad as "positive and constructive".

  2. Madonna wants 'a drink' with French far-right leader Le Pen

    Madonna wants 'a drink' with French far-right leader Le Pen

    Paris (AFP) - Madonna wants to "sit down and have a drink" with France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen to hear out the woman she once demonised on stage by showing a picture of her with a swastika on her forehead.

  3. Australians to be moved to Indonesia execution site

    Australians to be moved to Indonesia execution site

    Denpasar (Indonesia) (AFP) - Two Australian drug smugglers on death row in Indonesia will be transferred Wednesday from their jail on Bali to an island off Java where they will be put to death, an official said.

  4. China rate cuts just the start as growth slows: analysts

    China rate cuts just the start as growth slows: analysts

    Beijing (AFP) - Factory employment has been falling for more than a year in the workshop of the world as Chinese growth slows, and analysts expect more intervention by the central bank after its second interest rate cut in just three months.

  5. Honduran army races gangs to reach child trash-pickers

    Honduran army races gangs to reach child trash-pickers

    Tegucigalpa (AFP) - Fourteen-year-old Cristian competes with stray dogs, scavenging birds and hundreds of other trash-pickers for food at a Honduran dump, but when the army offers him a square meal, he warily declines.

  6. Maradona-style handball as Shandong crash in AFC Champions League

    Maradona-style handball as Shandong crash in AFC Champions League

    Beijing (AFP) - Yang Xu scored but then saw red for a Diego Maradona-style handball as Shandong Luneng crashed 4-1 to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in the AFC Champions League on Tuesday.

  7. Netanyahu takes fight over Obama Iran plan to Congress

    Netanyahu takes fight over Obama Iran plan to Congress

    Washington (AFP) - Israel's prime minister addresses the US Congress on Tuesday in an increasingly heated battle with the White House over Tehran's nuclear ambitions, as negotiations resume in Switzerland.

  8. Kerry begins new nuclear talks with Iran FM

    Kerry begins new nuclear talks with Iran FM

    Montreux (Switzerland) (AFP) - Iran and the United States Tuesday returned to the negotiating table for a second day of talks, as a political storm over the issue unfolded thousands of miles away in Washington.

  9. Bali pair's execution set in motion

    Bali pair's execution set in motion

    Bali's prosecutor says Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will leave on Wednesday for the penal island where they will be executed.

  10. Japan PM facing questions over political funding breach

    Japan PM facing questions over political funding breach

    Tokyo (AFP) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has already lost three ministers to political funding scandals, faced questions Tuesday over claims that a branch of his ruling party received illegal donations.

  11. Russia bids farewell to slain Putin critic

    Russia bids farewell to slain Putin critic

    Muscovites have farewelled Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, filing past his coffin, as condemnation of the Kremlin grows over his murder.

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