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Peace talks collapse as Taliban execute 23 Pakistani soldiers

Peace talks collapse as Taliban execute 23 Pakistani soldiers Mon, 17 Feb, 2014

The Pakistani government has called off a round of peace talks with the Taliban after insurgents claimed they had executed 23 kidnapped soldiers in the country's north-west.
Scores feared dead as Boko Haram strikes northern Nigeria

Scores feared dead as Boko Haram strikes northern Nigeria Mon, 17 Feb, 2014

Suspected Boko Haram militants have killed more than 100 people in an attack on a village in Nigeria. The attackers stormed the mainly Christian village of Izghe, in Nigeria's restive north-eastern Borno state, on Saturday. 
Venezuela political tensions rise amid protests, clashes

Venezuela political tensions rise amid protests, clashes Sun, 16 Feb, 2014

Violence has broken out between police and anti-government protesters as both supporters and opponents of Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela's president, staged duelling rallies in the capital Caracas.
Syrian talks end with no progress, no future meeting date set

Syrian talks end with no progress, no future meeting date set Sat, 15 Feb, 2014

The UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi has apologised to the Syrian people after peace talks in Geneva ended without making progress.
UN panel finds evidence of crimes against humanity in North Korea

UN panel finds evidence of crimes against humanity in North Korea Sat, 15 Feb, 2014

A UN Commission of Inquiry has found that crimes against humanity have been committed in North Korea and is recommending the findings be referred to the International Criminal Court, sources say.
France sends additional troops to Central African Republic

France sends additional troops to Central African Republic Sat, 15 Feb, 2014

France has announced plans to increase its 1,600-strong military deployment in the Central African Republic by sending an additional 400 soldiers, as political and sectarian unrest continues to tear apart the African country .
Ukraine frees all protesters detained during unrest

Ukraine frees all protesters detained during unrest Sat, 15 Feb, 2014

Ukraine has freed the last of the 243 protesters arrested since anti-government demonstrations began in November.
US, Russia pledge to unblock Syria talks, Brahimi says

US, Russia pledge to unblock Syria talks, Brahimi says Fri, 14 Feb, 2014

The United States and Russia have pledged to help unblock stalled negotiations between Syria's two warring sides, international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on Thursday.
Belgium extends

Belgium extends "right-to-die" to terminally ill children Fri, 14 Feb, 2014

Belgium's lower house of Parliament approved a law allowing euthanasia for terminally ill children who are enduring insufferable pain.
Russia's Putin expresses support for Sisi's Egypt presidency bid

Russia's Putin expresses support for Sisi's Egypt presidency bid Thu, 13 Feb, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said he supported Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's bid for presidency, wishing him luck after holding talks in Moscow.
Two biggest US cable companies to merge

Two biggest US cable companies to merge Thu, 13 Feb, 2014

The two biggest U.S. cable communications operators are merging.

Afghan prisoners freed from Bagram despite US protests

Afghan prisoners freed from Bagram despite US protests Thu, 13 Feb, 2014

Afghanistan released 65 alleged Taliban fighters from jail on Thursday despite condemnation from the United States, which says the men could return to the battlefield to launch strikes against NATO and Afghan forces.
Deadly blast hits Pakistan police bus

Deadly blast hits Pakistan police bus Thu, 13 Feb, 2014

A bomb attack in Karachi, Pakistan, has killed at least 11 police officers and wounded dozens more.
Battle on Lebanese border as Syria talks falter

Battle on Lebanese border as Syria talks falter Thu, 13 Feb, 2014

The UN-backed evacuation of civilians and delivery of aid has continued at the besieged rebel-held Old City of Homs. Meanwhile, talks between the warring sides have continued in Geneva, with no sign of any breakthrough.
Nigeria militants kill dozens in Borno state attack

Nigeria militants kill dozens in Borno state attack Thu, 13 Feb, 2014

Boko Haram fighters have killed 39 people and razed scores of homes when they stormed two villages in northeast Nigeria, firing indiscriminately on fleeing civilians, a state governor and witnesses have said.
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