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  1. Dozens dead as Qaeda militants in Syria seize rebel base

    Beirut (AFP) - Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate on Saturday drove US-backed rebels out of a strategic northern military base in fierce fighting that left dozens dead, a monitor said.

  2. Moscow permits march in memory of slain opposition leader

    Moscow permits march in memory of slain opposition leader

    Moscow (AFP) - Moscow city authorities on Saturday gave permission for opposition leaders to hold a march in memory of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, after they cancelled a planned protest rally.

  3. West condemns murder of Kremlin critic as Putin blames foes

    West condemns murder of Kremlin critic as Putin blames foes

    Moscow (AFP) - Western leaders and Russia's opposition on Saturday condemned the drive-by assassination of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov while President Vladimir Putin suggested the crime was staged to throw suspicion on the state.

  4. Isolated skirmishes hamper Ukraine truce

    Isolated skirmishes hamper Ukraine truce

    Kiev (AFP) - Ukraine said Saturday that isolated clashes were punctuating a shaky truce with pro-Russian rebels after international monitors warned that the conflict in the country stands at a "crossroads".

  5. Russian opposition leader Nemtsov's murder 'meticulously planned'

    Russian opposition leader Nemtsov's murder 'meticulously planned'

    Moscow (AFP) - The murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was carefully planned, investigators said Saturday, pointing to details of the weapon used and the killers' knowledge of his movements.

  6. Mugabe turns 91 with million-dollar birthday bash

    Mugabe turns 91 with million-dollar birthday bash

    Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) (AFP) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Saturday celebrated his 91st birthday with a lavish bash attended by thousands of ruling party faithful.

  7. Nemtsov urged end to Ukraine conflict hours before killing

    Nemtsov urged end to Ukraine conflict hours before killing

    Moscow (AFP) - Three hours before his death, Boris Nemtsov gave an interview to a Moscow radio station, condemning President Vladimir Putin's actions in Ukraine and calling for an end to the conflict.

  8. Drone raid 'kills three Qaeda militants in Yemen'

    Drone raid 'kills three Qaeda militants in Yemen'

    Aden (AFP) - A drone strike Saturday killed three Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, a tribal source said, in a region where the United States is the only country operating the unmanned aircraft.

  9. ALP wants overseas booths for NSW poll

    ALP wants overseas booths for NSW poll

    For the first time overseas NSW voters won't be able to vote in the state election at polling booths - instead they'll have to postal vote or go online.

  10. Indonesia's stance 'clear' on Australians' executions: Widodo

    Indonesia's stance 'clear' on Australians' executions: Widodo

    Jakarta (AFP) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo has said his country's stance is "clear" on the pending executions of two Australian drug smugglers, despite the suggestion by Australia's prime minister that he is "carefully considering" his position.

  11. Prince William dons samurai gear on Japan tour

    Prince William dons samurai gear on Japan tour

    Tokyo (AFP) - Britain's Prince William donned the trappings of feudal nobility in Japan Saturday, wearing the helmet and clothes of an ancient samurai during a tour of a TV studio.

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