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  1. Mugabe celebrates 91st birthday with million-dollar bash

    Mugabe celebrates 91st birthday with million-dollar bash

    Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) (AFP) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Saturday celebrated his 91st birthday with a lavish million dollar bash that was slammed by the opposition as "obscene" in a country wracked by poverty.

  2. Former Colombian intel chief jailed over spy scandal

    Former Colombian intel chief jailed over spy scandal

    Bogota (AFP) - Colombia's Supreme Court has convicted the country's former intelligence chief and a presidential chief of staff of spying on judges, journalists and politicians during the presidency of Alvaro Uribe.

  3. List of dead Kremlin critics grows with Nemtsov murder

    List of dead Kremlin critics grows with Nemtsov murder

    Moscow (AFP) - Boris Nemtsov's name was added to the list of Kremlin opponents who have been killed or died in suspicious circumstances in recent years after the slaying of the prominent opposition leader in central Moscow Friday.

  4. UN envoy in Syria to seek Aleppo truce

    UN envoy in Syria to seek Aleppo truce

    Damascus (AFP) - A UN envoy arrived in the Syrian capital Saturday for talks with the regime to try to finalise a deal to freeze fighting in the war-ravaged second city of Aleppo.

  5. Jokowi 'open to views on executions': Ahok

    Jakarta's governor says he has given his anti-death penalty view to President Joko Widodo, who he believes is considering all views on the subject.

  6. China official jailed for 17 years over jade bribes

    China official jailed for 17 years over jade bribes

    Beijing (AFP) - A former senior Chinese provincial official was sentenced Saturday to 17 years in jail for taking around 13 million yuan ($2.1 million) in bribes consisting largely of precious stones, a court said.

  7. Nepal police fire teargas at charter protesters

    Nepal police fire teargas at charter protesters

    Kathmandu (AFP) - Nepalese police on Saturday fired teargas and water cannon at thousands of opposition supporters who converged on the capital to protest controversial plans to vote on a disputed new national constitution.

  8. Egyptian court declares Hamas 'terrorist'

    Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas has been declared a "terrorist" organisation by an Egyptian court.

  9. Jailed Kurdish leader Ocalan urges PKK to lay down arms

    Jailed Kurdish leader Ocalan urges PKK to lay down arms

    Istanbul (AFP) - The jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Saturday urged the separatists to take a "historic" decision to lay down arms, a key step in efforts to end Turkey's long-running Kurdish insurgency.

  10. West condemns Nemtsov murder as Putin vows to punish killers

    West condemns Nemtsov murder as Putin vows to punish killers

    Moscow (AFP) - President Vladimir Putin on Saturday vowed to punish the killers of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov as Russian opposition figures denounced what they called a "political murder" and Western leaders called for a full probe.

  11. 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.

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