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France inflicts heavy losses on Mali rebels

Air strikes allow government forces to retake a strategic town in central Mali.

Peace deal signed in Central African Republic

The UN Security Council has welcomed a peace agreement that ends fighting in the Central African Republic.

Pakistan rocked by new sectarian attacks

Dozens killed in latest bombings targeting Shia minority.

Death toll rises as US faces flu epidemic

Some hospitals are taking drastic measures as virus hits hard and fast.

Eurozone countries on the verge of poverty

The European Commission warns that eurozone countries face a wave poverty due to the ongoing economic crisis.

Japan ups military budget as tensions grow with China

Tokyo raises concern over disputed Islands and North Korea's recent rocket launch.

Thousands of prisoners released by Syria

In an unprecedented move, Damascus releases more than 2,000 captured fighters for 48 Iranian captives.

Dozens injured in New York ferry collision

A New Jersey ferry bound for New York makes a 'hard landing', injuring dozens.

Indonesia urged to probe human rights allegations

Indonesia urged to probe human rights allegations

Recent deaths of militant suspects have raised fears of extra-judicial killings.

Assad’s defiant speech lambasted by opponents

Assad’s defiant speech lambasted by opponents

Assad laid out a peace plan that included a national reconciliation conference, elections and a new constitution, but said he would not deal with “terrorists”.