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Iraq forces free hostages as January toll tops 900 – AFP

AFPBaghdad — Iraqi forces ended a hostage-taking at a Baghdad government building killing four militants on Thursday, as nationwide violence took January’s death toll past 900 with elections looming. The brazen assault on a building…



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I am Malala, not at home – The Hindu

The HinduA controversy erupted on Tuesday over teenage activist Malala Yousafzai’s bestselling book I am Malala. when the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial government stopped the University of Peshawar from holding a programme on it. Ms. Yousafzai,…







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Haass steps up pressure on Northern Ireland talks – Scotsman

ScotsmanFINAL agreement on dealing with Northern Ireland’s troubled past, parades and flags must be struck by tomorrow, the independent chair of all-party talks has said. Measures intended to ease months of simmering resentment and violence…





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Syrian airstrikes pummel rebel areas – Businessweek

BusinessweekBEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government aircraft pounded opposition areas in the northern city of Aleppo and near the southern border with Jordan on Monday, a day after airstrikes killed at least 76 people, while the…







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