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At least 16 suspected members of the Punjabi Taliban are believed killed in drone attack in South Waziristan. At least 16 people have been killed and several others wounded in a US drone strike against a suspected Taliban compound in Pakistan’s South Waziristan region, according to Al Jazeera’s Islamabad bureau. About eight to 10 missiles were reportedly […]

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India army kills Pakistan soldier: Pakistan Army

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  A Pakistani soldier was killed and another injured in a gunfight between Indian and Pakistani troops in Kashmir on Sunday, a disputed incident that could heighten tensions between the nuclear neighbours after a period of rapprochement. The Pakistani army said Indian troops had raided their Sawan Patra checkpost in Kashmir, a hotly contested area […]

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Four die in shooting in Aurora, Colorado

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Police entered the townhouse after a five-hour stand-off with the gunman Four people have been found dead following a shooting incident that triggered a stand-off with police in Aurora, in the US state of Colorado. Police say they went to a townhouse after shots were heard there overnight. Officers later entered the home. Following a […]

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Malala leaves Queen Elizabeth Hospital

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Malala Yousafzai leaves the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. The Pakistani schoolgirl activist shot in the head by the Taliban has been discharged from a Birmingham hospital as an inpatient. Malala Yousafzai, 15, was being treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEHB) after being transferred following the attack in October. She will continue rehabilitation at her […]

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Indian rape accused charged; victim's father calls for hanging

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Five Indian men were formally charged in court on Thursday with the gang rape and murder of a physiotherapy student in a case that has generated widespread anger about the government's inability to prevent violence against women. The December 16 attack on the 23-year-old student and a male companion provoked furious protests close to the […]

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President Obama declares the deal is a promise kept, despite falling short of earlier hopes for a grand deficit bargain. The US House of Representatives has passed the “fiscal cliff” bill, ending a months-long dispute over the measure that averts tax hikes and spending cuts. The bill’s passage on a 257-167 vote in the House of […]

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Delhi lawyers refuse to defend gang rape accused

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Lawyers at a Delhi court hearing the case of the fatal gang-rape which has shocked the nation said yesterday they would refuse to defend the men accused of taking part in the assault and murder. Hearings are expected to begin today at the Saket district court in south New Delhi, where police will formally present […]

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Greeks fight back against corruption

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By Andrew Bomford BBC Radio 4's PM programme Ordinary Greeks are finding ways of fighting back against endemic levels of corruption in their country, with a number of websites now allowing people to report cases of bribery. Kristina Tremonti's first brush with “fakelaki” came when her grandfather needed urgent treatment at a public hospital in […]

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60 die in Ivory Coast stampede

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Many of those attending the new year festivities were youths. At least 60 people have been crushed to death and some 250 injured during new year festivities in Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan, rescue officials say. The incident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday near a stadium in the central Plateau area of the […]

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Pakistan charity workers killed

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An injured driver (in white) who survived a shooting by unidentified gunmen in Swabi, arrives at the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar on Tuesday. Seven charity workers, six of them women, have been shot dead in north-west Pakistan, police say. The women, some of them teachers, were attacked near a health and education community centre. […]

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Hillary hospitalised with blood clot

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Hillary ClintonReuters, Washington US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was admitted to a New York hospital on Sunday with a blood clot linked to a concussion she suffered earlier this month, the State Department said in an announcement that looked sure to stir up speculation over the health of one of America's best-known political figures. […]

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India gang-rape victim's body cremated

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  The body of a woman who died after being gang-raped and beaten on a bus in India's capital has been cremated amid an outpouring of anger and grief by millions across the country demanding greater protection for women from sexual violence. The young woman's body was cremated in a private ceremony on Sunday soon […]

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