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Afghan elders debate opening to Taliban

Afghan tribal elders discussed ways to reach out to the Taliban on Thursday, despite a rocket and gunfire attack by the insurgents aimed at disrupting a national conference seeking an end to nearly ni

H1N1 pandemic still on: WHO

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark applaud a musical performance by students during a visit to the John

The H1N1 pandemic is not yet over although its most intense activity has passed in many parts of the world, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday after a review of the flu outbreak by indepen

Greece to privatise state firms

Greece on Wednesday outlined plans to sell stakes in state-owned railway, water and real estate companies as part of a drive to raise billions of euros to help restore its ailing public finances.

Barca make formal offer for Fabregas

Barcelona have made a formal offer to Arsenal to buy Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
“Yesterday afternoon we presented a firm, written offer to Arsenal,” director general Joan Oliver told the club’s website ( on Wednesday.

Pirates seize Panama-flagged ship

Somali pirates hijacked a Panama-flagged cargo ship and its 24-strong crew in the Gulf of Aden on Wednesday, the European Union’s anti-piracy taskforce said.

Thanks, Egypt: Palestinians

Palestinians flocked to the Gaza-Egypt border on Wednesday after Cairo said it would indefinitely open the frontier — a move widely seen as an attempt by the Arab state to deflect criticism of its blo

Israel wants US to deflect outcry


Israel can probably live with the diplomatic cost of its bloody storming of Turkish-backed aid ships bound for Gaza — unless its US ally fails to shield it.

Global outcry as Israel storms aid ships, killing 10

Israeli marines stormed a Turkish aid ship bound for Gaza on Monday and 10 pro-Palestinian activists were killed, triggering a diplomatic crisis and plans for an emergency UN Security Council sessions

Afghan suspends 2 Christian aid groups

The Afghanistan government has suspended the activities of two Western aid groups on suspicion of proselytising, an official said on Monday.

Commandos ‘attacked with knives, sticks’


Israeli commandos who raided a Gaza aid ship on Monday were set upon by activists with knives and clubs and some troops jumped overboard to save themselves, according to an Israeli account.

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