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  1. Horse-trading begins as UK poll enters final straight

    Horse-trading begins as UK poll enters final straight

    London (AFP) - Britain's political leaders on Tuesday began a final push for votes ahead of this week's knife-edge election, even as they prepared for the likelihood of protracted coalition talks once polls close.

  2. Nepal relief effort intensifies as toll rises to 7,557

    Nepal relief effort intensifies as toll rises to 7,557

    Kathmandu (AFP) - Nepalese authorities said on Tuesday that a vast army of emergency workers was finally managing to deliver aid to stranded survivors of a massive earthquake as the death toll from the disaster rose to 7,557.

  3. Koala 'Blinky Bill' saunters into Australian hospital

    Koala 'Blinky Bill' saunters into Australian hospital

    Sydney (AFP) - An inquisitive koala nicknamed "Blinky Bill" has sauntered into the emergency department of an Australian hospital, exploring the waiting room for several minutes before wandering back out.

  4. Indian PM Modi to make first visit to Asian rival China

    Indian PM Modi to make first visit to Asian rival China

    New Delhi (AFP) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make his first visit to China next week, seeking to overcome strains between the nuclear-armed rivals over a border dispute and Beijing's growing regional clout.

  5. Thai police find graves at second migrant jungle camp

    Thai police find graves at second migrant jungle camp

    Bangkok (AFP) - Investigators probing human trafficking in southern Thailand have discovered five graves at a second jungle camp believed to hold the remains of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh, police said Tuesday.

  6. Gulf leaders gather amid Yemen concerns

    Gulf leaders gather amid Yemen concerns

    Riyadh (AFP) - Gulf monarchs gathered Tuesday for an extraordinary summit amid growing international concern over the Saudi-led air war against Shiite rebels in Yemen and a deepening regional threat from jihadists.

  7. China to lift drug price controls from June 1

    China to lift drug price controls from June 1

    Shanghai (AFP) - The Chinese government said on Tuesday it will scrap long-standing state price controls on most medicines, effective June 1, as part of market-oriented reforms.

  8. Beijing soar, Brisbane floored in AFC Champions League

    Beijing soar, Brisbane floored in AFC Champions League

    Brisbane (Australia) (AFP) - Beijing Guoan reached the AFC Champions League round of 16 on Tuesday but Australia's Brisbane Roar crashed out with a 2-1 defeat to Urawa Red Diamonds.

  9. Germany's post-WWII 'occupation children' speak out

    Germany's post-WWII 'occupation children' speak out

    Berlin (AFP) - Many faced social stigma and were long kept in the dark about their true parental origins, with birth certificates that usually said "father unknown".

  10. John Kerry in surprise Somalia visit

    John Kerry in surprise Somalia visit

    Mogadishu (AFP) - John Kerry made a surprise trip to Somalia on Tuesday, becoming the first US secretary of state to visit the war-ravaged Horn of Africa nation.

  11. Family feud turns to all-out war in France's far-right party

    Family feud turns to all-out war in France's far-right party

    Paris (AFP) - After being blackballed by France's far-right National Front, party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen on Tuesday hit back at its current leader, his daughter, saying it would be "scandalous" if she were to be elected president of France.

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