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  1. Prosecution pillories Pistorius expert

    Prosecution pillories Pistorius expert

    Pretoria (AFP) - The prosecution on Wednesday derided a forensic expert hired by Oscar Pistorius, accusing him of being unqualified to testify and rubbishing his account of the circumstances of Reeva Steenkamp's death.

  2. Rivals flex muscles on streets of east Ukraine

    Rivals flex muscles on streets of east Ukraine

    Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Ukrainian and pro-Russian forces flexed their military muscles in the restive east of the country on Wednesday, a day ahead of high-level international talks on the escalating crisis.

  3. South Sudan army admits loss of key oil town of Bentiu

    South Sudan army admits loss of key oil town of Bentiu

    Juba (AFP) - South Sudan's army said Wednesday rebels had wrested control of the key oil town of Bentiu, one of the most bitterly contested regions in the four-month-long conflict.

  4. Ukraine upends Poland's EU election campaign

    Warsaw (AFP) - The Ukraine crisis has shifted Poland's campaign for next month's European elections, boosting the governing centre-right party's chances as its prime minister reassures voters nervous about Russia's next move.

  5. Pakistani Taliban refuse to extend ceasefire, will continue talks

    Pakistani Taliban refuse to extend ceasefire, will continue talks

    Miranshah (Pakistan) (AFP) - The Pakistani Taliban Wednesday said they would not extend a ceasefire called to help negotiations with the government but said they were still committed to the peace talks process.

  6. S. Korea, Japan hold rare 'comfort women' talks

    Seoul (AFP) - South Korea and Japan held rare high-level talks Wednesday on the extremely sensitive issue of wartime sex slavery, which has contributed to a virtual freeze in diplomatic ties.

  7. Four dead, 284 missing in S. Korea ferry sinking

    Four dead, 284 missing in S. Korea ferry sinking

    Jindo (South Korea) (AFP) - South Korean rescuers and dive teams worked frantically under floodlights as fears rose for nearly 300 people missing after a ferry sank Wednesday with 462 on board, mostly high school students bound for a holiday island.

  8. Venezuela reports progress in new crisis talks

    Venezuela reports progress in new crisis talks

    Caracas (AFP) - Venezuela's government and opposition reported progress Tuesday in a new round of talks aimed at ending two months of deadly protests that have rocked the oil-rich nation.

  9. Dotcom says he's set to get assets back

    Dotcom says he's set to get assets back

    Kim Dotcom has said on Twitter that the New Zealand High Court has ruled he should get back assets which have been held since his arrest in January 2012.

  10. Pro-Russians take two Ukrainian soldiers 'hostage'

    Pro-Russians take two Ukrainian soldiers 'hostage'

    Kiev (AFP) - Ukraine's defence ministry said on Wednesday that pro-Russian militants had taken two of its soldiers "hostage" in the separatist eastern region of Lugansk.

  11. Ukraine PM says Russia erecting new 'Berlin Wall'

    Ukraine PM says Russia erecting new 'Berlin Wall'

    Kiev (AFP) - Ukraine's Western-backed prime minister on Wednesday accused Russia of erecting a new "Berlin Wall" that threatened European security.

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