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  1. China Xinjiang teen 'dies after police clash'

    Beijing (AFP) - A teenager in China's Xinjiang has died after speeding past police checkpoints and clashing with officers, state media said Thursday, in the latest violence to hit the restive far-western region.

  2. Palestinians rally for prisoners as peace talks falter

    Palestinians rally for prisoners as peace talks falter

    Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Palestinians gathered across the West Bank and Gaza on Thursday for rallies of solidarity with Israeli-held prisoners, as peace talks near collapse after the Jewish state refused to free long-serving inmates.

  3. 'Chinese Twitter' firm Weibo to go public in US

    'Chinese Twitter' firm Weibo to go public in US

    New York (AFP) - Sina Weibo, widely known as China's version of Twitter, is to go public in the United States Thursday at a price below expectations after a recent sell-off in technology stocks.

  4. 115 Nigeria schoolgirls still missing after kidnap: principal

    115 Nigeria schoolgirls still missing after kidnap: principal

    Maiduguri (Nigeria) (AFP) - A Nigerian school principal on Thursday denied military reports that most of the girls kidnapped from her school by Islamist gunmen were now safe, as the parents of those taken voiced anger over the conflicting claims.

  5. Japan postpones whale hunt until after Obama visit

    Tokyo (AFP) - Japan has delayed the start of its next "research" whaling mission by a few days, an official said Thursday, amid media speculation the postponement was to avoid a clash with a visit by US President Barack Obama.

  6. Fear, anger grows over hundreds missing in S. Korea ferry

    Fear, anger grows over hundreds missing in S. Korea ferry

    Jindo (South Korea) (AFP) - Rescuers worked frantically Thursday to find around 300 people -- mostly schoolchildren -- missing after a South Korean ferry capsized, with prospects of pulling survivors from the submerged vessel dimming as emotions boiled over among anguished relatives.

  7. India goes to polls in biggest voting day

    India goes to polls in biggest voting day

    Bangalore (India) (AFP) - India hosted its biggest day of voting on Thursday with the ruling Congress party battling to stem a further slide in the polls against the opposition Hindu nationalists after another week of damaging headlines.

  8. China says massive area of its soil polluted

    China says massive area of its soil polluted

    Beijing (AFP) - A huge area of China's soil covering more than twice the size of Spain is estimated to be polluted, the government said Thursday, announcing findings of a survey previously kept secret.

  9. Algeria's ailing president Bouteflika votes in wheelchair

    Algeria's ailing president Bouteflika votes in wheelchair

    Algiers (AFP) - Algeria's ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, running for re-election on Thursday, cast his ballot from a wheelchair at a polling station in Algiers.

  10. S. Korea president shouted down by distraught parents

    S. Korea president shouted down by distraught parents

    Jindo (South Korea) (AFP) - South Korean President Park Geun-Hye faced Thursday the angry parents of hundreds of children missing in a ferry disaster, holding an impromptu and at times very tense meeting in an island gymnasium.

  11. South Sudan army battles rebels in key oil-state

    South Sudan army battles rebels in key oil-state

    Juba (AFP) - Rebels in South Sudan battled government forces Thursday in a renewed offensive targeting the young nation's key oil fields, the army said, amid famine warnings by the United Nations.

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