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  1. Chinese newcomer Xiao thrills Crucible

    Chinese newcomer Xiao thrills Crucible

    London (AFP) - Chinese debutant Xiao Guodong came close to pulling off a major upset in his first round match against two-time runner-up Ali Carter at the World Snooker Championships in Sheffield on Sunday.

  2. French journalists arrive home after Syria hostage ordeal

    French journalists arrive home after Syria hostage ordeal

    Paris (AFP) - Four French journalists taken hostage in Syria were reunited with family and colleagues on Sunday in an emotional homecoming after 10 months in captivity during which they were chained together and held in dingy basements.

  3. Gunmen kill 11 Algerian soldiers in ambush

    Gunmen kill 11 Algerian soldiers in ambush

    Algiers (AFP) - Gunmen killed 11 Algerian soldiers in an ambush overnight, the defence ministry said on Sunday, in the first attack of its kind since President Abdelaziz Bouteflika won a fourth term.

  4. Aust committed to jet search: Beazley

    Australian ambassador to the US Kim Beazley has told US TV that searchers will regroup and reconsider if the Malaysia Airlines jet isn't found soon.

  5. Philippines' oldest artworks in danger of disappearing

    Philippines' oldest artworks in danger of disappearing

    Binangonan (Philippines) (AFP) - On a small rock wall a short drive from the Philippine capital, enigmatic carvings that are believed to date back 5,000 years are in danger of disappearing before their mysteries can be solved.

  6. Ukraine rebels call for Russian troops after deadly gunfight

    Ukraine rebels call for Russian troops after deadly gunfight

    Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Pro-Kremlin rebels in east Ukraine appealed Sunday for Russian "peacekeepers" to sweep in after a deadly gunfight killed at least two of their militants, shattering an Easter truce and sparking "outrage" in Moscow.

  7. Iraq attacks kill 14 as bomber hits university

    Iraq attacks kill 14 as bomber hits university

    Baghdad (AFP) - Attacks in Iraq, including a suicide bombing at a university in north Baghdad, killed at least 14 people on Sunday, security and medical officials said.

  8. Abdullah widens lead in Afghan presidential poll

    Abdullah widens lead in Afghan presidential poll

    Kabul (AFP) - Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah is well ahead of his main rival in Afghanistan's presidential election, officials said Sunday after half of the ballots were counted, though a run-off vote still looks likely next month.

  9. First bodies pulled from submerged S. Korean ferry

    First bodies pulled from submerged S. Korean ferry

    Jindo (South Korea) (AFP) - Divers retrieved the first bodies Sunday from inside the submerged South Korean ferry that capsized four days ago with hundreds of children on board, as families angered by the pace and focus of the rescue efforts scuffled with police.

  10. Bangladesh opposition chief forced to wait for trial decision

    Bangladesh opposition chief forced to wait for trial decision

    Dhaka (AFP) - Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia was given a short reprieve on Sunday, with a court postponing a decision on whether to halt her embezzlement trial that could see her jailed for life if convicted.

  11. Two UN staff members go missing in Pakistan

    Two UN staff members go missing in Pakistan

    Karachi (AFP) - Two local employees working for the United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF have gone missing in Pakistan's largest city of Karachi and police said Sunday they are thought to have been kidnapped.

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