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  1. 11 wounded, one critically, in bomb blast near Egypt court: medics

    Cairo (AFP) - Eleven people were wounded, one critically, in a bomb explosion outside the Egyptian supreme court in Cairo on Monday, hospital officials said.

  2. 'Priceless' Chinese artefacts stolen from French castle

    Paris (AFP) - Thieves have broken in to the fabled Fontainebleau castle south of Paris and stolen 15 or so "priceless" Chinese artefacts in a lightning raid, French authorities said.

  3. Russia hunts for killers of opposition figure Nemtsov

    Moscow (AFP) - Russian investigators scrambled Monday to track down the killers of outspoken opposition figure Boris Nemtsov as fresh details emerged about the most shocking political assassination of Vladimir Putin's rule.

  4. Nemtsov murder witness says blocked from leaving Russia

    Moscow (AFP) - The chief witness to the murder of Russian protest leader Boris Nemtsov, a Ukrainian model by his side when he was shot dead, complained Monday of being kept under guard in Moscow.

  5. Iraq's Tikrit: From Saddam to the Islamic State group

    Baghdad (AFP) - Executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's hometown and last bastion, Tikrit has become one of the Islamic State group's main strongholds.

  6. China probes seven top military officers over graft: army daily

    Beijing (AFP) - China has placed seven senior People's Liberation Army (PLA) officers under investigation this year for alleged corruption, the military's main newspaper reported Monday, as a crackdown on graft intensifies.

  7. Ancient Chinese vase set to fetch $7.7 mn in Hong Kong

    Hong Kong (AFP) - A simple Chinese vase made over 800 years ago and unveiled in Hong Kong Monday is expected to fetch HK$60 million ($7.7 million) when it goes under the hammer next month, Sotheby's said.

  8. Namibia president wins $5m Mo Ibrahim African leadership prize

    Namibia president wins $5m Mo Ibrahim African leadership prize

    Nairobi (AFP) - Namibia's outgoing president was on Monday named winner of the Mo Ibrahim Prize for "good governance" in Africa, the world's richest award.

  9. Japan men sickened after eating poisonous puffer fish

    Japan men sickened after eating poisonous puffer fish

    Tokyo (AFP) - Five Japanese men became sick after eating poisonous puffer fish, an official said Tuesday, the latest victims of a delicacy seen as sophisticated by fans and crazy by others.

  10. N. Korea fires missiles in anger at South-US military drills

    N. Korea fires missiles in anger at South-US military drills

    Seoul (AFP) - North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea and vowed "merciless" retaliation Monday as the US and South Korea kicked off joint military drills denounced by Pyongyang as recklessly confrontational.

  11. Hundreds flee South African wildfires

    Hundreds flee South African wildfires

    Hundreds of firefighters are battling wildfires in South Africa's southwestern coast region.

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