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Dhaka (AFP) - Bangladesh plans to relocate thousands of Rohingya who have spent years in refugee camps near the Myanmar border to a southern island, an official said Wednesday, as the region faces a human-trafficking crisis.

Karachi (AFP) - Pakistani investigators on Wednesday arrested the head of a firm accused of running a global fake degree empire and conducted fresh raids at its Karachi headquarters where they discovered thousands of blank diplomas.

London (AFP) - Prime Minister David Cameron's government confirmed it will hold a referendum on whether Britain should leave the EU Wednesday in a policy speech read by Queen Elizabeth II on Westminster's grandest day.

Bangkok (AFP) - Thai police are investigating whether fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra committed royal defamation in a recent interview, authorities said Wednesday as they announced his passports had been revoked.

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - The Israeli air force carried out four strikes on militant targets in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday, eyewitnesses said, hours after a cross-border rocket attack on the Jewish state.

Copenhagen (AFP) - Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Wednesday called a general election for June 18, even as opinion polls show her centre-left coalition trailing the opposition.

Kabul (AFP) - An all-night gunbattle with Taliban insurgents who stormed a guesthouse in Kabul's diplomatic quarter ended at daybreak Wednesday, with four attackers killed in the second assault in two weeks on a venue popular with foreigners.

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