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Truce in South Sudan but crisis not over
Friday, January 24, 2014

NAIROBI: South Sudan's government and rebels have signed a ceasefire, but analysts warn that bringing battling gunmen on the ground under control and making the truce stick is far from guaranteed.
 
Weeks of war in the impoverished young nation is feared to have spiralled out of the control of the political leaders, who themselves bickered for weeks to agree even a first stage deal, signed late Thursday in a luxury hotel in neighbouring Ethiopia....

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Indian capital on terror alert in run-up to Repulic Day
Friday, January 24, 2014

NEW DELHI -- Indian authorities have issued a terror alert in the national capital in the run-up to Republic Day on Sunday, Xinhua news agency reports a senior police official as saying Friday.  The alert was issued following intelligence inputs that Pakistan-based militant outfit Lashker-e-Toiba and home-grown Indian Mujahideen may carry out serial blasts in Delhi on Jan 26, the official said on condition of anonymity....

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Indian village council orders gang-rape of woman as punishment
Thursday, January 23, 2014

KOLKATA- A woman was gang-raped by some 12 men on the orders of a village council in eastern India as punishment for apparently having an affair, a police officer said Thursday. The council ordered the horrific penalty to be carried out in a village in West Bengal state on Tuesday night after the 20-year-old woman was discovered with a man from another community, a senior officer said....

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Bitter exchanges as Syria peace talks open
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

MONTREUX: World powers urged Syria's warring sides to seize a historic opportunity as they gathered in Switzerland Wednesday for a peace conference that kicked off with bitter exchanges.
 
There were few early signs of compromise as the most serious bid yet to end three years of bloodshed began, with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem dubbing the opposition traitors and foreign agents....

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Latvia's first woman PM wins confidence vote
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

RIGA - Latvia's parliament on Wednesday gave the green light to a new centre-right coalition government led by its first ever woman prime minister. Laimdota Straujuma, 62, won the parliamentary vote after Valdis Dombrovskis stepped down over a supermarket roof collapse that killed dozens in the capital Riga in November. ...

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Thai protesters fight on despite emergency rule
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

BANGKOK: Defiant Thai opposition protesters vowed to ignore a state of emergency that came into force across the tense capital on Wednesday, refusing to abandon their fight to bring down the government. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is under intense pressure to step down after more than two months of street rallies aimed at ousting her elected government and installing an unelected people's council....

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Syria warring sides gather as world powers push peace talks
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

MONTREUX - Nearly three years after the start of their fierce civil war, Syria's opposing sides gather with world powers in Switzerland Wednesday for the most serious effort yet to end the bloodshed....

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Emergency rule in Thailand (Updated)
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

BANGKOK: Thailand on Tuesday declared a 60-day state of emergency in this city and surrounding areas to tackle mass street protests aimed at overthrowing the government.   The move follows weeks of rallies that have paralysed parts of the capital and sparked several bouts of deadly violence, including grenade attacks and shootings....

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HK investigators interview 'tortured' Indonesian maid
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

SRAGEN - Hong Kong police Tuesday interviewed an Indonesian maid who was allegedly tortured by her employer in the Chinese city, as the Indonesian president phoned the helper to express his sorrow at the "tragedy"....

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UN chief kicks out Iran from Syria peace talks
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

UNITED NATIONS: UN leader Ban Ki-moon on Monday threw Iran out of this week's Syria peace conference after it refused to back calls for a transitional government to end the country's war.
 
The unprecedented diplomatic action averted a Syrian opposition boycott of the talks which start in the Swiss town of Montreux on Wednesday.
 
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