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The authorities in Libya say that fighting between rival militias has killed 14 people and wounded at least eight others. Reporting from Tripoli, here's Jon Donnison.
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The fighting in the northwestern corner of Libya has been going on for three days. It's not clear how it started, but it's believed to be between militia made up of ethnic Berber from Zuwara and Arab fighters from several neighbouring towns. There have been reports of shelling and heavy gunfire. Libya's interior minister announced it was sending 200 security officers to try and restore calm. But this vast country has no real central authority, no army to dispatch. Since the revolution which toppled the 42-year-long rule of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya has been policed by dozens of separate heavily armed militia often with long-standing rivalries.
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A UN agency has urged the Lebanese government to hold a full investigation into the recent death of an Ethiopian maid who'd been filmed being beaten and dragged into a car in Beirut. The UN special rapporteur on slavery, Gulnara Shahinian, described the images of the treatment of the maid, Alem Dechasa, as cruel, saying they reminded her of the many migrant workers she met in Lebanon on a visit last year. The video of Ms Dechasa was shown on Lebanese TV, causing widespread outrage. + |8 `+ C6 i5 M: b' u4 Z) n

, Y9 g, q: G% h+ x- Q+ N# c' VThe American ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, says Syria's actions since the beginning of the month do not encourage hope that the government will comply with a ceasefire plan. She warned the Syrian government not to intensify the violence in the days before 10 April when a ceasefire proposed by Kofi Annan is due to begin. Syria says it's agreed to the deadline. Barbara Plett reports from the United Nations. * p  F2 c+ Y% T. L, P& {" x1 {
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Susan Rice said if the regime was seen to violate Kofi Annan's plan, the divisions on the council might narrow given that all members fully support his mission. She dismissed suggestions that Western and Arab support for the opposition was interfering with Mr Annan's efforts, saying it was the weaker party and needed help given the regime's use of excessive force.
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Police in California say the gunman accused of killing seven people at a school in Oakland has said that he was seeking revenge for being teased and disrespected. The Oakland police chief said One Goh, a former student at the college, was targeting one particular female administrator. Peter Bowes reports. 3 n2 A3 c% r7 l  q
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According to the police chief in Oakland, Howard Jordan, the man was having some behavioural problems and was asked to leave several months ago. Mr Jordan described the suspect as a chaotic, calculated and determined gentleman whose intention was to kill people. The police chief said he believed Mr Goh was upset that when he attended the school other students mistreated and disrespected him. They are said to have made fun of his ability to speak English. He's currently being held without bail on suspicion of murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and carjacking. 9 W2 L( K* K. _( E# z

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The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, has called on the world's developed nations to increase the agency's resources for responding to financial crises like those affecting several eurozone nations. She was speaking at the annual general meeting of the Associated Press in Washington. Here's our economics correspondent Andrew Walker.
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1 J( i: i0 m4 T9 oThe financial situation in Europe is less acute than it was, but the crisis has not been resolved. The eurozone countries have taken steps of their own to increase the resources available for emergency loans to struggling countries. Now they've done it, Ms Lagarde says the IMF should do so too. She said she's having discussions with the member countries about the idea. Many of them and Ms Lagarde herself thought it essential that Europe make the first move. Now they've done so, the IMF could provide an additional safety net.
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The United States National Weather Service has issued a tornado emergency warning for the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas. The service said that two tornadoes were affecting the area and warned people to take cover immediately. Commercial flights have been grounded. 9 j8 p( _2 P9 P0 N( h0 |
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With two months to go to the Euro 2012 football championships in Poland and Ukraine, a senior Polish official has warned that the police don't have a list of known foreign hooligans. Adam Easton has this report from Warsaw.
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Police here have been focusing on Polish hooligans, who remain a problem in the domestic game and whose hard core number around 5,000. Hundreds of thousands of fans are expected to travel to Poland and co-hosts Ukraine in June, and the threat of violence is a concern. A spokesman for the Polish national police force said it had always planned to share information with other countries. He added special agreements must be signed to allow for the sharing of information and those were only just being prepared. 4 B9 ~5 {5 d+ s. j- Z* h5 b1 b

7 J1 A/ D8 W1 s& M6 P3 GThat was Adam Easton reporting from Warsaw. - W  \2 ^5 y  b, x' w

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West African leaders have told the mutinous troops who led last week's coup in Mali to restore constitutional order within 72 hours or face sanctions. The West African leaders resorted to meeting in Ivory Coast after earlier plans for talks with the coup leaders in the Malian capital Bamako were abandoned. Thomas Fessy has more. 6 a4 G* L9 ^9 `" E$ h
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The West African leaders are giving 72 hours to the coup leaders to restore constitutional order. They didn't say whether that meant getting the power back to the deposed President Amadou Toumani Toure or not. But restoring constitutional order, and if not, they would take sanctions, such as travel bans, freezing all financial assets of the coup officials and also threatening to cut off the financial links with the West African central bank. 3 E+ H. T0 Q$ W: F

+ H# J/ E! \8 `: G5 O: PArab leaders meeting in Baghdad have called for the United Nations-backed peace plan for Syria to be implemented immediately and completely. The plan calls for the withdrawal of soldiers and heavy weapons from cities, the release of prisoners and humanitarian aid for Syrians who need it. However, only 10 leaders from the league's 22 member states were at the summit, as Wyre Davies reports.
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Of the 22 Arab League nations, only nine of them - apart from Iraq - bothered to send their leaders here, and of course absent were many of those Sunni Gulf states which have advocated a much tougher line against Syria. So in agreeing to this UN Kofi Annan plan, there was a degree of unity here in Baghdad today. But the problem, as I say, is that many of those of the countries that advocate a much tougher line against Syria weren't represented at the highest level.
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The Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says he accepts the Annan peace plan, but Mr Assad said armed groups inside Syria must cease what he called "terrorist acts" against the government. On Thursday, at least 20 people were killed in clashes inside Syria. Meanwhile, Britain has announced an extra $700,000 of support for Syrian opposition groups. - n+ B4 |& V' v+ ~2 S4 A- s# g

7 B% ^! b$ v6 H$ @9 z. lThe body of the Islamist gunman who shot dead seven people in and around the French city of Toulouse has been buried at a cemetery in the city following an intervention by President Sarkozy. The mayor of Toulouse had said he did not want Mohammed Merah buried there, but Mr Sarkozy overruled him. Kate Davenport, a journalist in Toulouse, described the burial. # l' A% B7 t$ h- \" e0 D

% p8 C0 g$ C3 qTwenty or so of Mohammed Merah's close friends or family that were brought in a sort of highly secured minibus, and then basically the rest of the people there were police or, some of them were not in uniform, but they seemed to be security guards and so on. There were sort of gendarmes checking identity cards and taking the licence plates of anyone who entered the cemetery. Helicopters overhead, and very, very high security.
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A nuclear scientist at the prestigious Cern laboratory has gone on trial in France for allegedly plotting terrorist attacks. Adlene Hicheur has been in custody since his arrest two and a half years ago after police intercepted his emails to an alleged contact in al-Qaeda. The emails reportedly proposed targets and suggested Mr Hicheur was willing to be part of an active unit. His lawyers say all he did was express controversial views online, and he was never part of a plot.
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Workers took to the streets in many Spanish cities and towns, urging others to join a general strike. There were attempts to block roads and to force businesses to close. Transport was badly disrupted, but support for the strike was patchy. The protest was against reforms ** it easier to hire and fire workers, but many of those demonstrating were also angry with austerity. This is a critical time for Spain. It is the country that is currently causing greatest concern within the eurozone. % f# r, d, l, S
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The Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has returned home following a further course of cancer treatment in Cuba. In a televised speech, Mr Chavez appeared animated and said the radiotherapy had gone well, but he would return to Cuba on Saturday for further treatment. Last month, he had a second tumour removed from his pelvic region. ! m# ?/ L1 I5 r- O

7 x5 i0 y, X7 L. aFootball's world governing body Fifa has welcomed the approval of a law by Brazil's lower house of parliament which will allow the sale of alcohol in stadiums during the 2014 World Cup. Brazil currently bans alcohol sales in stadiums.
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! s7 B! O' \4 N* f8 u. Z5 MBBC News with Marion Marshall 6 G8 A' C: T- g2 J# t! C  k' ~
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The Vatican says Pope Benedict has met the former President of Cuba, Fidel Castro, who led the 1959 revolution which made Cuba officially atheist. The meeting between the Pope and Mr Castro was described by the Vatican as "animated and cordial". Earlier, up to 300,000 people attended a Mass celebrated in Revolution Square in Havana, from where Sarah Rainsford reports. " ?% t  B# ~+ J+ ~+ c
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Pope Benedict was greeted in Revolution Square by a vast crowd shouting and waving as he toured the plaza in his Popemobile. There were groups of Catholics from their parishes, plenty of Cubans just curious and others, including students who said they had been told to be there. He used his homily during Mass to deliver what's become the theme of this visit, urging Cuba along the path to renewal and change. The Pope praised progress on freedom of religion here, but he called for more, including religious teaching in universities and schools.
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+ H  o( {3 j: N"Certainly we have not seen the promises that Assad made implemented. The joint special envoy is continuing his work; his technical team continues its work in Syria. We will have the Friends of the Syrian People meeting this weekend. So it's incumbent on all of us to keep the pressure on Assad to meet the commitment that he's made, and that's our intention over the next few days."
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The discovery of eight fossilised foot bones in Ethiopia 3.4 million years old has given scientists a rare insight into the evolution of humans and their ability to walk. Jonathan Amos reports. 0 w/ r. s) h+ v. l3 n

& z9 S, q5 N# s% h- w' jThe eight small bones of a right foot unearthed in the Afar region of central Ethiopia are an important discovery. Scientists know of one human ancestor that lived in this location 3.4 million years ago: the creature famously dubbed "Lucy", whose skeleton displayed a clear preference to walk upright - a key marker of what it is to be human. But researchers tell the journal Nature these new bones are not from Lucy. They are more primitive with a big toe that could grasp branches in a tree. Nonetheless, they too show an ability to walk upright on occasions albeit with a different gait. 2 v0 \6 s3 f; g# p" A* I& E
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The deposed President of Mali, Amadou Toumani Toure, says he's safe and in the capital Bamako. He didn't give his precise location, but said he isn't being held by the soldiers who staged last week's coup. Mr Toure's whereabouts hadn't been known previously. Thousands of people marched through the streets of Bamako today in support of the coup, chanting slogans against the West African regional grouping Ecowas.   O+ H9 r( g! Z7 ]* V" z

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2 v5 ?: J" X9 WMobile phone charges for use abroad are set to fall drastically across Europe following a deal between the European Parliament and EU governments. Until now, there's been no limit to the amount you can be charged, and especially people using their phones for downloading data have often faced enormous bills. Chris Morris reports.
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We've all heard horrid stories of people returning from a trip abroad with an enormous mobile bill. Under the new deal, a cap of 70 euro cents per megabyte will be set, which will fall to 20 cents by 2014. The cost of ** and receiving mobile phone calls or sending texts will also come down sharply. Europe's big mobile providers aren't desperately happy they will lose revenue. And the EU is also introducing greater competition, allowing consumers to sign up with one provider for domestic calls and data, and another one when they are abroad all on the same number.
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8 a+ A! a$ ]' ~7 |Prosecutors in Chile say they'll seek murder charges against four suspected neo-Nazis accused of brutally attacking and killing a young gay man. Hundreds of people in the Chilean capital Santiago attended a vigil for the man Daniel Zamudio, who died 25 days after the assault in which his attackers carved swastikas into his body. 0 U) m& A; a: C  Q: H
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Doctors treating the former Brazilian leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva say his throat cancer is in complete remission. A statement by doctors said there was no longer any sign of a visible tumour in his larynx. Earlier this month, Lula was released from the hospital in Sao Paulo following treatment for a lung infection, common in patients who've received chemotherapy and radiotherapy. / S. C  i4 y/ @8 K

  W) H* _# P& w& F6 m' I/ R0 s8 yOne of Italy's biggest engineering unions has announced a national strike in protest at plans to make it easier to sack workers. The action is likely to coincide with other unions' plans for a general strike. The Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti says his overhaul of labour laws will stimulate growth and job creation. 6 {9 ]0 @$ H; N0 N' O5 v% @& C
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1 [  I1 w9 R" d4 Z" |3 aThe United States has reacted sceptically to Syria's acceptance of the peace plan put forward by the UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan. The Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Damascus would be judged by its actions, not its words.
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2 R" E- m) C: C, mMrs Clinton said Syria must immediately silence its guns, allow humanitarian aid in and start preparing for a democratic transition. Meanwhile, the United Nations has increased its estimate for the number of people killed in the past year of unrest in Syria to more than 9,000.
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As Pope Benedict continues his visit to Cuba, a senior minister has dismissed any prospect of political reforms in the socialist country. Marino Murillo, who's in charge of economic affairs, said that government reforms were intended to update its economic model to make Cuban socialism sustainable. 5 a% R. [, _! Q( x, a

8 R! z- R0 [6 o# Q" @French judges are reported to have requested an international arrest warrant for the son of the president of Equatorial Guinea over allegations that he's misappropriated his country's funds to support a lavish lifestyle in France. Christian Fraser is in Paris.   O$ n7 v4 x: k5 l; ~; K& b3 V
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Teodoro Obiang is accustomed to the good life. He's often photographed enjoying an extravagant lifestyle complete with million-dollar homes and luxurious yachts. The billboards in his home, capital of Malabo, show him at work and in touch with the people, but diplomats are familiar with a very different playboy lifestyle. French judges who've been handling this case since 2010 allege the properties he bought here in France were purchased with public money stolen from Equatorial Guinea. As part of the investigation, French police raided a building in a wealthy area of Paris. The building, valued at 150m, housed expensive paintings and fine wines. It was a hairdresser's and a nightclub which suggested it was not being used as a diplomatic residence. , @+ O( C" A; t0 I, F

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South Sudan's military spokesman says his troops were attacked - first from the air, then on the ground - for the second straight day. Colonel Philip Aguer says the clashes are continuing between Teshwin and Heglig. This probably put South Sudan's soldiers inside what is internationally recognised as Sudanese territory though South Sudan claims it too. On Monday, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir said his troops had fought off an attack and pursued the Sudanese armed forces up to Heglig. Sudan's military spokesman denied there had been any air raids.
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2 q: o$ L2 P& J6 Z) V2 TAn American man has been given a new face, teeth, tongue and jaw(jaws口误) in what his surgeons say is the most extensive facial transplant ever performed. The man, Richard Lee Norris, has been a recluse since he was disfigured in a gun accident 15 years ago. Doctors say he's now recovering well after the 36-hour operation last week and is already able to brush his teeth and shave.
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The Somali police say they've arrested a British passport holder. The man, Clive Dennis, is reported to have arrived at Mogadishu airport from Nairobi and told the police he wanted to travel to the southern port of Kismayo to help Islamists. The port is held by militants of al-Shabab.
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* ^1 J, I' m* ^9 ]* ]% P# kAn independent report into riots in several English cities last year has blamed poor parenting, rampant materialism and a lack of confidence in the police. The panel also highlights a lack of support and opportunities for young people. Our British affairs correspondent Rob Broomby reports.
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  t. u% Y# z/ r$ sBurning buildings, shops being looted by violent gangs and police on horseback trying to restore order - this was the scene last summer as riots swept through several English cities. Five people were killed; businesses were left devastated, and the public were left angry and wanting to know why. The Riots Communities and Victims Panel set up by the government has blamed a lack of opportunities for young people, poor parenting, a lack of shared values and the inability of the justice system to prevent re-offending as just some of the reasons for the riots. But it also stressed materialism and a concern about brand goods in poor neighbourhoods which fuelled the smash and grab frenzy. 4 I% W2 B2 w* X( W4 T$ \

0 ~7 A! l( |+ ?- n! d3 jBrazil says it's taking tougher action against websites which promote the country as a destination for sex tourism. The government says it's identified nearly 2,000 Internet sites which contain sex-oriented material, but also display official symbols, such as tourism logos. It said most of the offending images had been removed. ' v' u1 j8 y- D- }8 c% ~% b  u! X
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Military and diplomatic pressure is growing on the army mutineers who overthrew the government of Mali last week. Tuareg rebels in the north have seized the town of Kidal after Malian troops abandoned their positions. Thomas Fessy, in neighbouring Senegal, has the details.
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& s* d! {, ^' A0 O! U1 Y4 |) QIf the soldiers behind the coup thought they'd be in a better position once in power to fight northern rebels, they must now be worried. The leader of the coup, Captain Amadou Sanogo, has called for outside help to resist the rebels' advance as they now threaten two other regional capitals, including the fabled Timbuktu. But Captain Sanogo's cry for help is unlikely to be acted on until he cedes power. The regional bloc Ecowas has threatened to impose tough sanctions that would cut off money from its neighbours if power isn't handed back to the civilians on Monday.   f- X( N. C! L

6 |4 Y. M7 E2 ~0 |The United States is preparing to increase oil sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme. President Obama has issued a statement saying there was enough oil on the world market to allow a significant reduction in purchases from Iran. Paul Adams reports from Washington.
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, n/ k5 l' h0 y* ~1 v+ \The international envoy Kofi Annan says he expects the Syrian government to implement an agreed ceasefire immediately. A spokesman for Mr Annan said he wanted the authorities to halt the use of heavy weaponry in towns and withdraw soldiers to barracks because then the opposition would respond. Correspondents say there's no sign yet that the government is in the mood to make gestures to the opposition. There was more heavy bombardment in Homs and other places during the day.
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( F" ^" Z7 d. |8 L. WThe Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy had promised to deliver a very austere budget. Public sector workers will have their wages frozen, and they'll work longer hours. The country's purchasing tax, or VAT, will stay the same, but there will be rises in income tax and the corporate tax on large businesses. It's a budget that will increase the cost of living in Spain at a time when many are out of work. Taxes on electricity will go up by 7%, and gas by 5%. There will also be an amnesty for tax dodgers, people who have not been paying what they should to the Spanish state. + d" w! w1 }  ]" K  K
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! @2 a$ @1 J0 C4 l- qFootball's world governing body Fifa has agreed new anti-corruption reforms after independent experts issued a scathing assessment of its investigations into earlier scandals. They called Fifa's handling of bribery claims "unsatisfactory" and "unconvincing". Fifa's reputation was hit by claims of bribery and vote rigging during Mr Blatter's re-election last year and during the contests to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals.
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( J. z3 e4 ]6 E' Q- PPolice in Brazil say this is the largest operation they've ever launched in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul. In a series of raids in the city of Sao Borja, they seized weapons, money, vehicles and quantities of cocaine and marijuana. The police chief heading the operation said up to 13 different drug gangs had been identified in the city, including one with 40 members. Sao Borja is on the main transit route for drugs and contraband between Brazil and the neighbouring countries - Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.
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Pope Benedict has arrived in Cuba at the start of a three-day visit. He was welcomed at the airport by President Raul Castro as well as military bands and an artillery salute. Pope Benedict said he had come to Cuba as a "pilgrim of charity" and would pray for peace, liberty and reconciliation. Sarah Rainsford gives us a sense of the expectations for the visit. 7 y1 i! P0 T7 u/ A
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( Z. f0 p9 h5 d7 v  xPresident Raul Castro said socialist Cuba allowed full freedom of religion. He stressed that Cuba was determined to defend its independence in the face of the US embargo. 1 |# `- r1 @) ]; h7 F

( A8 B* ]8 N" Q0 Y% q9 y: QThe former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has been charged in France over his alleged involvement in a vice ring that procured prostitutes. The charges came after he was questioned by judges in the city of Lille over the allegations. Mr Strauss- Kahn was later released on bail. Christian Fraser reports from Paris.
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This was a surprise hearing, and it's not yet clear why Dominique Strauss-Kahn was called by magistrates before a scheduled appearance later this week. The allegations relate to his supposed involvement in a vice ring that hired prostitutes for hotel orgies in Lille, Paris and Washington. He's been placed under formal investigation. In other words, the judges believe there is a case to answer. Eight people have already been charged including a senior police officer. Mr Strauss-Kahn is not denying he attended these parties; he denies he knew the women present were prostitutes. . `' C3 a: J- {% s9 q& i
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$ d# A9 K( C* UClashes have broken out between armed forces from Sudan and South Sudan in several disputed border regions. Both sides accuse each other of starting the fighting, which comes a week before the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is due to visit the Southern capital Juba for a summit. An armed forces spokesman in Juba told the BBC it was the biggest confrontation since the South gained independence last July. , E- f. Z; u" R) y/ N3 U* w8 P

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8 m4 [( z' [: u% yThe Israeli foreign ministry says Israel is cutting all contact with the United Nations Human Rights Council after it condemned Jewish settlement building in the West Bank and decided to set up a committee to investigate the issue. A foreign ministry spokesman said that Israel would not allow any mission from the Human Rights Council to enter Israel or the West Bank. 6 u4 A" v7 @: H, y  ]& X' _  z& Q; N! F
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A member of the Nato-led forces in Afghanistan has been shot dead by a man dressed in Afghan police uniform in the east of the country. An Isaf spokesman said the incident happened at a police checkpoint. Earlier in a separate incident in the southern province of Helmand, two British soldiers were killed by a man in Afghan army uniform. The attacker died when coalition forces returned fire. Unofficial reports suggest the incident was inside a military base in Helmand province. 6 Z5 z- _; |1 h, D
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  R2 B* Q, [, n* ^; {Parliament is dominated by Islamist parties, including the Muslim Brotherhood. The liberal and secular parties are concerned that the Islamists are using this to dominate the constitutional assembly as well. So now around 50 members of the more secular and liberal parties have pulled out of the process to select the members of the constitutional assembly. It is a key issue for Egypt's future. The constitution is likely to set the course for the country for what could be decades to come.
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Clashes resumed in the Egyptian city of Port Said after the funeral of a teenager who died in football-related violence. The first trouble began on Friday after the Port Said football club al-Masry was suspended for two years over a post-match riot last month in which more than 70 people were killed. * c+ ^/ g* w0 ?. v

( n' S9 y/ ^+ f+ e, t0 {1 ]The leader of the military coup in Mali has told the BBC he's in complete control of the country. Captain Amadou Sanogo said he had no fear of a counter coup. But a BBC correspondent in the region says it's not clear how much support the captain has among high-ranking commanders. Tuareg rebels have taken advantage of the uncertainty to seize positions in the north. Captain Sanogo said he wanted peace talks with them. 1 ?) y3 Z  }, s  h8 J2 w* L* q6 @

9 C1 J3 g! N0 u( N& b  K4 `  B"The Tuareg people in the north, Arab people are our brothers. I want all of them to come to the same table. My door is open. We can talk about and work out through the peace process." $ h1 c0 A% u' B0 F4 B* G" J8 I

5 k: m: H% y5 Q2 A: |The Malian capital Bamako was reported to be quieter on Saturday after earlier looting.
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' X5 ?* W9 {2 t& OThe Turkish government says 15 Kurdish militants, all of them women, have been killed in fighting with the security forces. The clashes took place in the southeastern province of Bitlis, which is a centre of the banned PKK militants. Jonathan Head is in Istanbul. , x" Y% A1 C$ M' y

. L* I3 L2 P6 ~' sAs many as one third of the PKK's fighting force are women - a legacy of the group's one-time Marxist ideology, which prioritised the raising of women's status in Kurdish society. So women casualties are not unusual, but for 15 women to be killed in a single clash certainly is. The Turkish interior ministry is giving few details of the incident. It occurred in Bitlis, a province known for strong PKK support, during a large-scale military operation against the organisation in the mountains bordering Iraq.
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French police say the older brother of the Islamist gunman Mohammed Merah - who killed Jewish children, a rabbi and soldiers in separate attacks in southwestern France - has expressed pride at his actions. Abdelkader Merah is being questioned by anti-terrorist police in Paris, but they say he's claimed not to have known in advance that Mohammed Merah would carry out the killings. The man's mother was also questioned by police and released without charge. Her lawyer Jean-Yves Gougnaud said she was devastated by what happened.
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( m+ S6 m9 |1 @: FThe city authorities in Beijing have been stunned by a wave of criticism of the accuracy of their pollution figures. They are now trying to convince the sceptical public that they have a credible plan to tackle the problem. The vice-mayor Hong Feng said the best the city could hope for was to have air pollution under control within the next 20 years. He said that would include one of the biggest threats to health - the tiny particles in the air that until a recent controversy were not even measured by the Beijing authorities. 8 `- i4 \8 f6 a
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. k2 }$ {3 s7 B5 h$ R: {The French President Nicolas Sarkozy says the gunman responsible for the murders of a teacher and three children at a school in Toulouse was the same one that killed three soldiers in similar incidents last week. In a nationwide television broadcast, Mr Sarkozy said the same weapon was used each time. French police also believe the same vehicle was used. Chris Bockman, a journalist who's in Toulouse, says similarities between the attacks have been clear from the start.
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"This is no surprise after the attack which happened this morning. It bore all the hallmarks of the earlier ones. They are targeting ethnic minorities, using a motorcycle with a helmet, clear day and then fleeing. This city has about 800,000 people. It's the fourth biggest city in France. And you have to imagine this city now is in lockdown mode. Police have been drafted in from all around the country, and they basically have checkpoints up everywhere. I've never seen quite so many police everywhere just checking on everyone, basically to find this one person."
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# ~; r, w- `9 W/ `) |( IIt was the International Committee for the Red Cross that first proposed the idea of a ceasefire in Syria every day for at least two hours. The ICRC president Jakob Kellenberger said this was needed to bring the wounded out of the conflict areas and to help the civilian population.
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' V2 p2 |& I/ V( N) O1 DAfter meeting Mr Kellenberger in Moscow, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov appeared to give whole-hearted support to the initiative. He said that both of them urged the Syrian government and the armed opposition groups to agree immediately to a daily pause in the fighting.
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5 a) H+ J+ A. Y/ F. Z# _6 |! oIt's become an annual show of force by one of Iraq's most powerful men. Only the date has changed with this year's March time to mark the beginning of the US invasion instead of the fall of the former regime. The cleric's supporters vented their anger at corruption, unemployment and most of all, poor services. Despite the country's oil wealth, severe power cuts are a daily feature of life in Iraq through chilly winters and scorching summers. ' h+ U# ?8 P( U( E  K
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0 U1 ?" v4 s4 S7 m8 ZThe International Atomic Energy Agency says it's received an invitation to visit North Korea three years after its inspectors were expelled from the country. It comes less than three weeks after North Korea agreed to suspend nuclear and long-range missile tests, and to allow in UN nuclear inspectors in return for food aid from the United States.
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1 z$ k0 |9 {' }Both the hospital and Bolton Wanderers football club are emphasising that there's a long road to recovery ahead. But today's progress reports on Fabrice Muamba have been so positive that, in many ways, they are remarkable. The player, who suffered a cardiac arrest during Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final and didn't begin breathing again until he reached hospital, is already recognising family and friends, and responding appropriately to their questions. Fabrice Muamba has received messages of support from all over the world. It's looking increasingly likely that the prayers for a miraculous recovery will be answered.
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, N8 K7 @* e, S6 RUN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has expressed outrage at the latest reported mass killing in Syria and said any failure by the international community to take action would be a license for further massacres. In a letter to the UN Security Council, the international peace envoy Kofi Annan said the Syrian government had violated its commitment to stop using heavy weapons in population center. From UN, here is here is Nata Tophic. ' H9 f3 ?+ \5 E* S, e- @

5 a( b1 n& x& s' f! m) H% vWestern nations are pushing for a new UN resolution to strengthen sanctions on Syrian if it does not stop the use of heavy weapons. The draft resolution calls for diplomatic and economic but not military sanctions under chapter 7 of the UN charter. This will give President Assad ten days to cease violence before the sanctions are imposed. Russia has said it will veto such a move but western diplomats said there was no room for negotiation on the issue, insisting Russia need to realize now with the time for more pressure on its Syrian ally. $ q0 u0 M1 `( i* i9 I' U5 r$ v- m
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" n& ^* @$ X4 B  h: oThe first cargo ship to sail from Miami to Cuba in 50 years has arrived in Havana. The ship was carrying humanitarian supplies such as food medicine that are exempted from the US trade embargo against the communist-run island. Its cargo was made up of charitable donations and gifts to relatives from Miami's large Cuban exile population. The vessel will now operate a weekly service linking Miami and Havana for the first time since 1962.
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: f/ O" B7 k8 s" A% ]" K1 aWell here at the Duma, Russian MPs have approved two controversial new laws before breaking for the summit. The first one tightens state regulation of non-governmental organizations: receiving funding from abroad and engaged in political activities. Such NGOs will be forced to label themselves foreign agents. That’s a phrase which in the Russian language is anonymous with spies. The second bill makes slander a criminal offense and punishable by heavy fine.
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A man from Uzbekistan has been sentenced to 15 years in prison in the United States for threatening to kill President Obama. Ulugbek Kodirov who is 22 pleaded guilty to the charge in February. A court in Birmingham, Alabama heard Mr Kodirov came up with the plan after ** contact online with the member of an Uzbek Islamic group which the US considers a terrorist organization.
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The German government says it wants to ensure that Jewish and Muslim parents can get their sons circumcised despite a local court ruling that the operation is a crime when performed for religious reasons. A spokesman for the chancellor said the government was committed to protecting religious freedom and circumcisions carried out in a responsible way should not lead to prosecution.
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, R! ^7 U  B1 V* p- g9 g. ?8 XFormer members of the LTTE or Tamil Tigers have, it seems, swapped their battlefield guns for sports ground rifles. The secretary of the sports ministry Nishantha Ranatunga told the BBC a successful sports talents footing camp among former Tigers was held last month. Out of 135 people, 16 including one or two women were selected for a national sports coup, four each in the disciplines of shooting, swimming, athletics and cricket. Mr Ranatunga pointed out that some of the shooters used to be LTTE snipers and some of the top swimmers used to be in the Sea Tigers, the LTTE’s naval wing.
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% Y4 L: ~$ k% lThere have been reports of heavy fightings around the Syrian capital Damascus. According to activists, government forces used tanks and artillery in clashes with rebel fighters from the Free Syrian Army. Jim Muir reports from neighboring Lebanon.
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8 s3 @6 p1 J4 iThe clashes between government forces and rebels from the Free Syrian Army seemed to be creeping ever close to the heart of Damascus and the center of regime's power. According the activists, the latest violence erupted around the southern edge of the city, the areas of like Tadhamon and Midan and around Palestinian refugee camps nearby. Tanks and mortars were reported to be used by government forces and in some areas residents were set to be fleeing.
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6 i" f8 O: z2 W7 d2 G  FThe head the Egypt's military council has said the armed forces will not allow anyone to prevent them from fulfilling their role of Egypt's protector. Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi made the comment shortly after meeting the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She is reported to have stressed that the army must honor its commitment to a full transition to a civilian rule. Jon Leyne reports from Cairo.
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Hillary Clinton met Field Marshal Tantawi for an hour with very much the same massage she had on Saturday for president Mursi. The United States supports and encourages a smooth transition to democracy. Then the meetings with Christian leaders and with women, Mrs. Clinton urged respect for the rights of all Egyptians. A sensitive issue right now as some Egyptians view nervously the rest power of the Muslim Brotherhood. Finally, on the trip to Alexandria to open a new US consulate, the Secretary of State insisted she was not yet to try to pick winners and losers.
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Reports from the African Union summit in Addis Ababa say the presidents of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo have agreed that the international force should patrol their border and neutralize the various rebel militias active in Congo. The two leaders, Paul Kagame and Joseph Kabila early held a rare face to face talk at the summit. Recent rebel advances in eastern Congo have led to thousands of displaced civilians. The Congolese government has accused Rwanda of directly helping the rebels but the government in Kigali denies this. ! C) R# Q, J( J& G: P8 _) @

% M: {( s- Q, l; p' MMeanwhile, the African Union leaders have chosen Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma of South Africa as the new chair of the organization. The former wife of the South African president Jacob Zuma, she is the first woman to hold the post. Ms Dlamini Zuma defeated the incumbent Jean Ping of Gabon. 2 L2 E* M% r6 }3 _: M. h
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2 j. [! M# v2 S; S5 kJapan's ambassador to Beijing has returned home for consultations on growing tensions over disputed Islands in the East China Sea. Last week, Chinese vessels entered what Japan considers as its territory of waters around the Islands. Here is Charles Scanlon.
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The uninhabited Islands have long been a source of contention between Asia's two largest economies. Both sides covered the rich natural resources under the surrounding waters, and now nationalists in both countries seem to be pushing for outright confrontation. The Islands have been administered by Japan in the modern era. But the status quo has been upset by a bid by the Tokyo metropolitan government and nationalist governor Shintaro Ishihara to purchase them from their private owners. Japan's ambassador to Beijing who has now been recalled for consultations said that plan would spark an extremely grave crisis between Japan and China.
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: K6 R6 O% W9 w1 _The French far-right party, the National Front says it will sue the Pop singer Madonna over a video shown in one of her concerts in Paris that showed that the party's leader Marine Le Pen with a swastika superimposed on her face. The footage appeared on the huge screen of the concert followed by a name of a man resembling Adolf Hitler.
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3 k  _6 H" V) I  N' pGovernment security forces in Afghanistan say they've seized two massive consignments of explosives in different parts of the country. About 2.5 tonnes were found close to the provincial governor's residence in Mazar-i-Sharif in the north. In the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, intelligence officials said they've found more than nine tonnes of explosives. Bilal Sarwary is in Kabul.
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The Afghan government says that al-Qaeda and Taliban wanted to launch spectacular attacks. They said that they would have launched the attacks weren't they put off, but choosing a target would have been the New Year - this is when a number of Afghans gather; this is when senior officials also take part in ceremonies, especially in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. So the Afghan officials definitely would like to take credit for a very important discovery.
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/ ?7 I9 w( F" \- X0 P& d% }) gThe arrests are the result of a two-month investigation into a number of suspicious deaths at two hospitals in the Uruguayan capital Montevideo. Both nurses have reportedly admitted responsibility for inducing the deaths of dozens of critically ill patients. But investigators claim that not all the victims were terminally ill. Officials believe that the hospital workers could have given the patients a poison brought from neighbouring Brazil. One theory that the police are reportedly investigating is that the nurses could have been working independently from each other as the methods used vary from patient to patient.
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5 t; N7 y/ o" L" y+ vThe Cuban dissident group Ladies in White says the authorities have detained their spokeswoman Bertha Soler and more than 30 other members. They were stopped by police when they were going to take part in a regular Sunday silent parade to demand the release of political prisoners. The group, formed nine years ago, said the Cuban authorities had increased pressure on them and other dissidents in the last few weeks, detaining them for short periods, threatening them and harassing them. % Y  ]0 u, _5 D6 M. w( [/ I

- ~; [, O$ V& P& A9 g# qTens of thousands of grieving Coptic Christians are taking part in a second night of vigils in Egypt following the death on Saturday of their leader Pope Shenouda. Jon Leyne reports.
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Inside St Mark's Coptic Cathedral, they gather to pay their respects. For the next three days, the body of Pope Shenouda III will not lie in state, but rather sit in the papal throne in full ceremonial robes. Over four turbulent decades, Pope Shenouda has presided over the largest Christian community in the Middle East. Coptic Christians saw him as a protector and a father figure - the only religious leader many have known all their lives.
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9 b2 f5 s" Y, F: G7 h6 DVotes are now being counted in Guinea-Bissau following an election to choose a new president. The nine candidates include the former President Kumba Yala, who was overthrown by the military, and the former Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior. Guinea-Bissau, seen as a major staging post in the international drugs trade between Latin America and Europe, has had several army mutinies and coups in recent years. 7 [/ S6 G0 `  Z- V) K0 u, @
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"I know I won't meet all the expectations which people have for me and my presidency, but I can promise one thing: I say yes to the responsibility which you have given me today with all my strength and with all my heart."
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The Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos has been chosen as the new leader of the governing Pasok party in an election in which he was the only candidate. Mr Venizelos told supporters that the higher-than-expected turnout had sent a strong message that Pasok had not lost its soul. Opinion polls show support for Pasok has reached historic lows, which a BBC correspondent says is a reaction to imposing the toughest austerity programme in modern history.
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" U  p# M# c7 ~# gMauritanian and Libyan government officials say that Colonel Gaddafi's former intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi has been captured. The Mauritanian authorities say he was detained at the airport in the capital Nouakchott after flying in from Morocco using a fake passport. Wyre Davies reports from Tripoli. / m% z) g; A5 K7 {

5 T. D: i% v  vAbdullah Senussi was the most senior member of Colonel Gaddafi's government still on the run. He was also the most feared. As head of the state intelligence service, Abdullah Senussi was one of Muammar Gaddafi's closest and most loyal confidants. The 63-year-old has been accused of numerous human rights abuses and is wanted by the International Criminal Court. According to Libyan dissidents, Senussi would personally beat and abuse Colonel Gaddafi's opponents.
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Egypt's Coptic Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria has died. Pope Shenouda was in his late 80s and had been in poor health for several years. He'd been the leader of the Middle East's largest Christian minority since 1971, but sometimes had a stormy relationship with the political elite, as Jon Leyne in Cairo reports.
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In 1981, he fell out with President Sadat and was sent into internal exile for four years before he was allowed back into public life by President Mubarak. Under his leadership, Egypt's Coptic Christians were seen as giving tacit support to the regime of Hosni Mubarak in return for a degree of protection from Islamist extremists. Whoever succeeds him now faces the task of reassuring the Coptic Christian community as the Islamists of the Muslim Brotherhood look on the verge of sharing power in Egypt for the first time. & l' y" H: _+ W# e# l

# ]1 g9 x3 w3 i7 u- ?Several hundred activists have demonstrated in the Moroccan capital Rabat against the law on sexual violence, which allows a rapist to marry his victim as a way of avoiding prosecution. It follows the news spread by the Internet of the suicide a week ago of a 16-year-old girl, Amina Filali, near Tangier in northern Morocco. Her parents say their daughter was pressured by a court into marrying her rapist. She took her own life by swallowing rat poison when she was subsequently abused by her attacker and his family. Morocco updated its legal code eight years ago, but activists say there's still much more to do. * K# I2 \( S$ {" O( v7 ^6 `

% t2 n& G6 [- X0 X7 KA militant Shia group in Iraq says it's released a former American soldier it kidnapped last year. The group, which is loyal to the Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, produced the man in US military uniform at a news conference in Baghdad. Rami Ruhayem reports from the Iraqi capital.
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It would have been hard to believe were it not for the tall, dark-skinned man standing next to the Promised Day Brigade spokeswoman. As soon as she finished their announcement, the man stepped forward and explained in an American accent that he'd been deployed to Iraq in 2003, spent 15 months as a soldier and then moved to a civilian role. He said he was abducted on 18 June last year, and it was thought he'd be released for humanitarian reasons.
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+ a0 c5 }7 [. o" H/ D  W7 L0 WThe Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk has died in Germany at the age of 91. He was convicted last year of being an accessory to the murder of 28,000 people in the Sobibor Nazi death camp in Poland during World War II. Although sentenced to five years in prison, he was released on grounds of his age and died in an old people's home in Bavaria. Born in Ukraine, he settled in the United States after the war and was deported to Germany in 2009.
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6 A" a6 ?6 z8 F7 {The Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has addressed parliament at the start of the new legislative period, which he described as a landmark in the country's history. It's the longest time Pakistan has had both a democratically elected president and a continuous government since independence in 1947. Mr Zardari told parliament that this showed everybody that democracy there was working. * q: H) k" Y3 R
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"The world can see the march of democracy goes on. Our institutions are working. Together we are creating history. While a lot more needs to be done, a strong beginning has been made. We Pakistanis can be proud of our young democracy." ! I& y0 Q  O- O4 q" O% o: y7 r& r
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An English FA Cup football match has been abandoned after one of the players collapsed on the pitch. The Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba fell to the ground during the quarter-final tie at Tottenham Hotspur. Tim Franks has the details. , F. l  y- h; D( k

9 ^7 W' Y/ w$ Y0 ~* y: kFabrice Muamba collapsed five minutes before the end of the first half. The ball was nowhere near him. Players from both teams who were close to him waved frantically at their medical staff who raced onto the pitch. The TV cameras quickly pulled away as the medics pumped his chest for several minutes. Other players stood or squatted in tears, their hands clasped. Among the spectators, the sound went from raucous to near silent. The referee Howard Webb, his face gaunt, spoke to both managers and called the players off the pitch. A few minutes later, the game was abandoned.
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"The story of the village elders is entirely different. They believe it is not possible for one person to do that. In four rooms, people were killed, and then they were all brought together in one room, and then put on fire. That one man cannot do."   X2 @1 H  h, r: T( Z

$ A( k% y4 v- S* d3 Y& BThe soldier suspected of carrying out the attacks is being flown back to America despite calls for him to face justice in Afghanistan.
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The UN and Arab League envoy on Syria, Kofi Annan, says he's sending a delegation to Damascus next week to discuss setting up a new monitoring mission there. After briefing the UN Security Council on his recent talks with President Assad, Mr Annan warned that the situation in Syria needed to be handled delicately.   Q8 @' t, V( @2 i# f4 j

7 ~8 B" Z8 \, x& K: x3 x; o1 _"It is a conflict in a region of the world that has seen many, many traumatic events. I think we need to handle the situation very, very carefully. Any miscalculation that leads to major escalation will have impact in the region which will be extremely difficult to manage." & J) l6 E( M- S2 \! E2 D

" q. C0 B# ]4 O( j0 w, B; B7 S* iThe United States has cast doubt on its plans to supply food aid to North Korea following the North's announcement of a new rocket launch next month. Victoria Nuland is a spokesperson for the State Department.
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& P' c* j* ?* F0 YNorth Korea says the launch will put a satellite in space and is designed to mark the hundredth anniversary of the birth of its founding leader Kim Il-sung. The Secretary of State Hillary Clinton earlier described the move as provocative. And South Korea, Russia and Japan have also expressed concern. ! h# k$ q' V4 C8 B

  R7 c5 g/ O, m% jHuman rights activists have called on the Iraqi government to investigate what have been dubbed the "emo" killings of young people. Local officials say that more than 50 young Iraqis have been killed in recent months because they've adopted the style of the emo subculture in the west, having long hair and wearing black clothes. Several leading Islamic clerics have also condemned the killings as terrorism.
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Belgium has held a day of national mourning for the 22 children and six adults killed in a bus crash in Switzerland on Tuesday. Flags were flown at half-mast and church bells rang as the country observed a minute's silence. During the day, the bodies of the victims were flown back to Belgium. It's still not clear what caused the crash. An autopsy on the driver has shown he wasn't ill and had no traces of alcohol in his blood.
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An American court has convicted a former student for using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate's love life and sharing the images with fellow students. Days later in September 2010, the roommate Tyler Clementi killed himself. Twenty-year-old Dharun Ravi will be sentenced in May and could face up to 10 years in prison. From New York, Laura Trevelyan reports.
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7 s# r0 c, g4 }& \8 p; OTyler Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge just days after his roommate at Rutgers University, Dharun Ravi, set up a webcam and watched him kissing another man. Ravi tweeted about what he'd seen and encouraged others to watch. Ravi has now been found guilty of invasion of privacy, bias intimidation and tampering with evidence and a witness. The verdict was mixed. The jury found that Ravi did not intend to intimidate Mr Clementi the first night he turned on the webcam, but the jury concluded Mr Clementi had reason to believe he was targeted because he was gay.
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; v( F9 h& Q9 Y# ]/ A# N8 LAn inquest in Zimbabwe into the death of the former head of the army, General Solomon Mujuru, has found that he died from inhaling smoke and that there's no evidence to show how the fire was started. A lawyer for the Mujuru family told the BBC that doubts remained. General Mujuru died in a house fire last year in circumstances correspondents describe as suspicious.
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East Timor will vote shortly for a new president a decade after the southeast Asian nation celebrated its independence from Indonesian rule. Despite having secured substantial oil wealth at independence, East Timor is still one of the poorest and least developed nations in Asia.
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. b- M- C4 y& g$ g7 N$ dThe United Nations has said it'll join a government-led humanitarian mission in Syria this weekend. The UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said technical staff would accompany the Syrian authorities to observe conditions. She said the visit would include cities which had seen thousands of casualties in anti-government protests. Here's Barbara Plett.
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Valerie Amos said UN technical staff would accompany a government-led mission to aid population centres. These include the city of Homs, parts of which were devastated by a month-long government siege, and Deraa, where the uprising against the Syrian regime began a year ago. Members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation will also participate. Ms Amos said the UN officials would observe condition first-hand and gather information on the overall humanitarian situation, but she stressed the urgency of unhindered access to provide emergency care and basic supplies. 7 W2 p, e4 ~" U; j

6 m: J' s" @' BThe United States says it remains committed to reconciliation in Afghanistan even though the Taliban has said it's suspending peace talks, which have barely begun. The White House said no end to the conflict in Afghanistan was likely without a political resolution. The Taliban had been talking to the Americans about possibly setting up a political office in Qatar and exchanging a kidnapped American soldier for five Taliban fighters. American sources said the Taliban objected to the idea of involving the Afghan government in the negotiations. A State Department spokeswoman, Victoria Nuland, said Afghans needed to talk to each other. , j& s+ V4 e# q4 k

% P* O; w( ~8 Y2 |1 c"The process that we have been willing to support is one where we facilitate a dialogue, Afghans to Afghans. That's going to take two to tango. They're going to have to decide what they want to do in this regard. We think that if we have Taliban who are willing to renounce violence, that that is a process that we should support." , K( y- k, E* M! C
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: t4 _7 w: W% }( l  nTensions have been growing between Argentina and Britain ahead of the 30th anniversary next month of the war between the two countries over the Falklands. Among other actions, last month, Buenos Aires refused to allow two British cruise ships to dock in southern Argentina after visiting the Falklands. The issue of Britain authorising companies to explore for oil in Falklands waters has been a source of controversy between the two countries for some time now. Argentina's foreign minister says his government aims to dissuade investors by raising the political cost for any company involved. The Foreign Office in London says it will work closely with any firm potentially affected to ensure that the practical implications for them are as few as possible. 7 h9 }5 d7 r( B7 }* h7 v4 v

, Z& j1 Q: Q) N: A% i# w1 n& a2 oThat report was from Mike Wooldridge.
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The International Monetary Fund has approved a new rescue loan for Greece worth 28bn. The move follows a decision by the eurozone countries to go ahead with a second bailout of Greece worth a total of 130bn. Private sector lenders have already accepted a deep cut in what they are owed.
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An organisation that handles most international payments between banks says it'll cut off sanctioned Iranian banks from this Saturday. The move by Swift is designed to enforce EU sanctions on Iran. Here's Mark Gregory.
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Swift is a non-profit-** organisation owned by its 7,000 financial institution members around the world. It provides a secure electronic channel for banks in different countries to transfer funds, letters of credit and other cross-border financial dealings. The decision to exclude some Iranian banks will make it harder, but not impossible, for the countries to do business abroad. Swift had come under intense pressure from the US and European governments to cut off Iranian entities associated with the country's nuclear programme. ) m) b/ F" \% X6 W' Z) E2 `& x
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: f' O* m9 w1 {; F6 C5 Z+ S- hAn ancient letter written by Mary Queen of Scots has been sold at auction in Scotland for nearly $8,000. The letter, dated 1554, excuses a nobleman from carrying out his duties as he was suffering gout. It says John Blair is sickly in person with the infirmity of gout and not able to travel without peril to his life. The identity of the buyer hasn't been disclosed.
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An American soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians earlier this week has been flown out of Afghanistan. The victims, nine of them children, were shot in their homes early on Sunday. Paul Adams reports.
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The removal of the soldier responsible for the shootings is likely to cause anger in Afghanistan when members of parliament have demanded that he be put on trial there. But this was never going to happen - the United States has always insisted that charges of wrongdoing by its soldiers be dealt with within the American military legal system. Nothing was ever going to change that. The soldier has yet to be charged and thus remains anonymous. US officials say he handed himself in. If, as seems possible, he requires psychological evaluation, it could be some time before he's identified, let alone charged. The US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said that if found guilty, the soldier could face the death penalty. . W3 Z; [3 N8 U9 g+ X! V& v3 r

, l2 @9 s5 ]! A% DThe United States has welcomed the conviction for war crimes of the Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga, describing it as a historic and important step in providing justice to the Congolese people. The International Criminal Court in The Hague, which is not officially recognised by the Americans, found Thomas Lubanga guilty of recruiting and using child soldiers. Peter Biles reports. 6 C& C: h6 Q6 I- X

: M- g/ p6 g* t& f% bThomas Lubanga's crimes date back nearly a decade when an ethnic conflict erupted in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He was handed over to The Hague six years ago, and his trial began in 2009. Today, the verdict of the judges was unanimous. They found Lubanga guilty of conscripting and enlisting children under the age of 15, and using them in battle as soldiers and bodyguards. The guilty verdict has been widely welcomed. Prosecutors hope it'll send a message to many other perpetrators of war crimes. ( ^! M+ l4 e0 l. ^! E! R

3 z6 i. \9 h- C( dThe giant American investment bank Goldman Sachs has defended itself and its service to its clients after stinging public criticism from one of its own executives. Greg Smith, a director, wrote in the New York Times that he's quitting Goldman Sachs because he's sick of hearing colleagues talk about ripping off clients. Mark Gregory has more.
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6 q/ i  R: F' f9 wExplaining his decision to leave after 25-year service, Mr Smith described the present culture of Goldman Sachs as "toxic and destructive".
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He blamed top management for a decline in moral fibre, saying the interests of clients are "sidelined" in the way the bank operates and makes money. The comments from an insider about one of the most prestigious names in finance come as bankers face criticism for their allegedly excessive pay and their part responsibility for the global financial crisis. 3 w# J; x* O2 P

) S" i2 g. d2 t0 CSaudi Arabia has closed its embassy in Syria and withdrawn all its staff because of the violence there. The Saudis along with the Gulf states had already withdrawn their ambassador and expelled Syria's envoy.
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: U" [4 z+ ]# j8 e- I. sPresident Obama and the British Prime Minister David Cameron, who's visiting Washington, have both declared that the international mission in Afghanistan is ** real progress. Mr Obama said the United States and Britain remained committed to their plan to transfer full responsibility for security to Afghan forces in two years' time. Mr Cameron said the mission was necessary but costly. ( K  ?0 o# y7 Y( C6 V: F6 r
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"Recent days have reminded us just how difficult our mission is and how high the cost of this war has been for Britain, for America and for Afghans themselves. Britain has fought alongside America every day since the start. We have 9,500 men and women still serving there. More than 400 have given their lives and today, again, we commemorate each and every one of them. But we will not give up on this mission because Afghanistan must never again be a safe haven for al-Qaeda to launch attacks against us."
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9 }/ \0 @8 }) N- k- ^In a significant new departure for Burma, the state-controlled media have broadcast an election message by the pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. She called for media freedom, an end to repressive measures and an independent judiciary. A section of her script was censored by the authorities. 2 n4 O4 O( c: w6 m+ y4 v! \% H
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President Obama has called the Afghan President Hamid Karzai to express his shock and sadness at the killing of 16 Afghan civilians by a rogue American soldier, but he stressed the soldier didn't represent the US military or America's respect for the Afghan people. Quentin Sommerville reports from Kabul.
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The gunman, a serving US soldier, left his base at 3:00am. He travelled to a nearby village and entered three Afghan homes. In one, he awoke all 11 family members, gathered them together and shot them dead. Then he burnt the bodies. In nearby homes, he killed five others. Locals are calling it a massacre. The soldier was careful and precise. Most were killed by a single shot to the head, including the children. The soldier, believed to be a staff sergeant, gave himself up and is now in US custody. * e0 R/ {; k& @' s6 r9 t# k
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, S  U) y% g2 S! ~. b2 `Emerging from a second round of talks in as many days, Kofi Annan told reporters his meetings with President Assad focused on three core objectives: an immediate end to the violence, access for aid and the start of a political dialogue with the opposition. But he gave no details of how any of those things might be achieved. Both sides have so far rejected the idea of peace talks. Mr Annan said the natural response was for the Syrian leader to embrace change and reform, but he said bringing an end to a year of violence would not be easy.
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" t, Q% y3 O+ mEyewitnesses said the suicide bombers refused to open the boot of their car when challenged at church gates before detonating the explosives as worshippers approached them. It took place in St Finbar's Catholic Church in the affluent Rayfield suburb of Jos, a town in which thousands have died from religious and ethnic violence over the past decade. Security forces denied allegations of opening fire on onlookers who gathered after the blast. No groups admitted responsibility for the attack although suspicion will fall on the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, who were behind a similar church attack in Jos two weeks ago, in which three people were killed.
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+ k: B" P9 t+ L1 WAn Egyptian military court has acquitted an army doctor who was charged with carrying out forced virginity tests on women detained during protests last year. One of the women, Samira Ibrahim, who pressed charges against the doctor, said she'd been forced to undergo a test in March after being arrested in Tahrir Square. She said that witnesses she believed would testify for her had changed their story.
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The authorities in China say police rescued more than 24,000 abducted Chinese women and children in the course of last year. The public security ministry said in a report that some had been sold for adoption or forced into prostitution as far away as Angola. It said police had broken up more than 3,000 trafficking gangs.
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. ?% O. T" u' i2 d3 n8 _2 dThe President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, has said that unless European Union immigration controls are strengthened, he will suspend French participation in the EU's visa-free travel area, the Schengen zone. Addressing an election rally near Paris, he said that EU measures to combat illegal immigration must be strengthened.
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"Europe will not be able to integrate those who are struggling so hard to find a place in our society. It will not be able to finance its social protection anymore. This truth, my dear friends, needs to be heard because it is an exact description of the reality our fellow citizens and 450 million other Europeans are experiencing every day." 3 x, l" H) X2 {" P2 ^9 l+ J/ X  V! |
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# g/ U% J( H. o  J. {The United Nations and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan has told President Bashar al-Assad of Syria that he's extremely worried about the violence there. The UN said Mr Annan, who is in Damascus, suggested a complete ceasefire and talks between the government and the opposition. President Assad rejected any dialogue while opposition forces are fighting for an end to his rule. Jon Donnison reports. 6 F2 z6 ~) v, C5 ]
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Kofi Annan met President Assad for around two hours - his mission to deliver a plan to bring an end to a year of violence - but Mr Annan's two main aims - a ceasefire by both sides eventually leading to political dialogue - seem at least in the short-term unlikely. President Assad said no political talks would take place as long as what he called "terrorists" continued to spread chaos. Such words and the Syrian leader's statement that he's ready for honest peace efforts will outrage many anti-government activists. . {. {0 z  `1 i% Y$ j

9 w! G. N- w' d; H- x, TFive Taliban leaders held in the US detention centre in Guantanamo Bay have agreed to be transferred to the Gulf state of Qatar. The move approved by Afghan officials would be a key step towards peace talks between the Afghan government and the insurgents, which in turn would allow American troops to leave in 2014 as planned, but the transfer will also need support from the US Congress.
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3 D" j+ E" B8 K5 tEyewitnesses said three grenades were thrown from a passing vehicle. They exploded close to a busy bus station in downtown Nairobi. This incident was similar to the attacks which were carried out last October. Then one person was killed and more than 20 were injured as grenades were thrown into a bar and targeted another bus station. Those attacks happened just days after the Kenyan military had crossed into Somalia to fight al-Shabab. At the time the Kenyan authorities suggested sympathisers of the Islamist militant group may have been behind the blasts. % e# ?) U, }- Q/ g0 P1 t4 T, l
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State media in Burma say a new labour law has come into effect allowing workers to strike for the first time since the 1960s. Officials say the legislation permits workers to form trade unions and strike under certain conditions. Here's Abby Mawdsley.
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$ U6 F6 W' r+ k: T' J8 T! HBurmese state media say that the labour organisation law came into effect on Friday, replacing legislation that effectively banned trade unions. It was signed by the President Thein Sein in October as part of a series of reforms following decades of military rule. Opposition supporters and the International Labour Organisation have said it's an improvement on the past, but some labour activists say it won't allow unions to be sufficiently independent.
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An autopsy on the body of an Italian hostage killed in a rescue attempt in Nigeria shows he was shot in the head at close range. Correspondents say it corroborates reports that he was killed by his kidnappers. Italian press reports said the post-mortem examination was carried out on the corpse of Franco Lamolinara at Sapienza University in Rome shortly after it was flown back to Italy.
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Pope Benedict has been joined by the head of the Anglican Church, Doctor Rowan Williams, in evening prayers to mark the thousandth anniversary of the Camaldoli monastery in central Italy. Both leaders addressed the congregation. They also had private talks at the Vatican. The Pope said he hoped it would inspire Catholics and Anglicans to pray and work for unity. $ o) `+ g  a6 A

; w& ^# t$ V$ {* B- [8 ?: MPeople across Japan are preparing to mark the first anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that left nearly 20,000 dead or missing and triggered the nuclear crisis at Fukushima. Warning sirens will sound across the northeast of the country on Sunday at the exact time of day that the powerful earthquake struck last year. Our correspondent Roland Buerk has been to the devastated town of Otsuchi. 3 P8 K9 E$ a- u+ y; p. m- F6 }+ I
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This area was covered with wreckage, but pretty much all of it has been removed. All that you can see are the grids of the streets where people's homes were. It's almost like an archaeological dig. There are bits of pottery on the ground, but everything bigger has been cleared away. Or perhaps it's more like the aftermath of a bombing campaign.   B4 k5 [: k- \8 z7 |8 p
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The United Nations wants Syria to allow in aid as a matter of urgency. A meeting of UN agencies in Geneva has drafted a 90-day humanitarian plan with food and other supplies for 1.5 million people, but the figure is just an estimate. The UN has been unable to enter Syria since the conflict began. Now a handful of UN aid workers will be allowed in to make a preliminary assessment. From there, they hope to begin the relief operation, but it all depends on Damascus agreeing. 5 {' m, M* q" J. d# K7 p. t# f2 w

% R* @  j, W; X, k6 V  TThousands of Libyans have staged a rally in Tripoli to denounce moves by leaders in the east to create a semi-autonomous territory. Demonstrators chanted slogans demanding unity and, in a show of disdain, used their shoes to hit photographs of Ahmed Zubair al-Senussi, the head of the regional council seeking a split. Gabriel Gatehouse was at the demonstration.
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Well, there must be several thousand people here in Martyrs Square, and their slogans make it all perfectly clear. "Libya United", "No, No to Federalism", they are chanting. The declaration earlier this week of a semi-autonomous state in the east in Cyrenaica is really exciting the passions here, and not just here, there are demonstrations taking place in cities across the country. ; D2 W2 Z* S  \/ p

4 E" I( [3 Y. k" c# f& X4 CThe Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos has said the participation of Greece's private sector creditors in the country's multi-billion euro bond swap exceeded all expectations. Under the deal, more than 100bn of Greece's debt would be written off. The eurozone finance ministers announced that Greece had met the conditions to receive around $47bn.
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; |0 w/ H# m3 P$ H2 iThe Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi has demanded from Britain an urgent explanation about a failed rescue mission in Nigeria, in which a kidnapped British engineer and his Italian colleague were killed. Alan Johnston reports from Italy.   M9 o  x# D; ~6 G0 _
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Britain argues that events were just moving too fast as the hostage drama reached a climax. It says it wasn't practical to consult the Italians before sending in the troops. But Italy's Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi seemed unimpressed with that line. He's continued to demand what he called "utmost clarity" from Britain with regards to what happened. But at the same time, the Italian news agency has reported sources in the prime minister's office here as saying that Italy doesn't want to escalate this dispute.
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Israeli air strikes in Gaza have killed four Palestinians - two of them senior members of the Popular Resistance Committees, a local militant organisation. The BBC Jerusalem correspondent says the main target of the first attack against a car travelling west of Gaza City was Zuhair al-Qaissi, the new leader of the group. A passenger in the car also died. Mr al-Qaissi's predecessor was killed last August in a similar strike.
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" X$ X1 P  q, |' UThe government in Pakistan has issued an order banning the country's largest Islamic extremist group for what it calls its involvement in terrorist activities. Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat's activities have been convicted of killing hundreds of members of the Shia community and other minorities across Pakistan, as well as attacking security installations and foreign embassies. % A# J& G7 O: ]9 [: v
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9 V$ `# ~. w7 A( b"More companies are bringing jobs back and investing in America, and manufacturing is adding jobs for the first time since the 1990s."
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Documents released in Japan show that the government knew within hours of last year's tsunami that there was a risk of a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, but kept the knowledge secret. Unofficial minutes just published from a crisis meeting on the day of the tsunami show that an official warned ministers of the threat posed by the failure of cooling systems at the plant.
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* P8 o0 O3 g4 c0 c' ~! WIn athletics, the Ukrainian athlete Natallia Dobrynska has become the first woman to break the 5,000 points mark in the pentathlon. She set a new world record of 5,013 points at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul. 1 t+ u6 o0 _% K; r
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  t5 q# P. L1 t/ D7 f7 lAn attempt to rescue a kidnapped British engineer and his Italian colleague in Nigeria has failed, and both are dead. The British Prime Minister David Cameron said early indications were that the hostages were killed by their captors before they could be freed. The men were kidnapped last May. British forces supported the Nigerian-led operation. Our correspondent in Rome Alan Johnston reports on the reaction in Italy. 2 H3 m5 s4 G* ?/ [
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News of the failed rescue mission was broken here in a statement from the office of the Prime Minister Mario Monti. It described the unfolding of events in very much the same way as the British side did, but it also said that the Italian government has only been informed that military action was being taken after the rescue mission had begun. And this has caused some concern here. A member of parliament, Rosa Calipari, demanded to know why the Italians hadn't been involved in the decision-** process from the start.
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The Kenyan government says it's sacked 25,000 health workers from public hospitals who've been on strike for a week over pay and conditions. A health workers' union has dismissed the action as a negotiating tactic. Will Ross reports from Nairobi. ; x; A6 W8 |1 m/ {7 O
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This appears to be an extraordinarily drastic measure by the Kenyan government. It said the names of 25,000 nurses and lab technicians have been removed from the payroll. They've been on strike for four days demanding better pay. A government spokesman described the strike action as unethical and urged unemployed or retired health workers to turn up on Friday to be interviewed for jobs. The health workers' union dismissed this as a tactic intended to blackmail the striking staff.   Z. N; A: J4 \& u: q# b4 ^9 X; N

$ F" ]; K, Y. c& k( U# y4 f/ vThe United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos says she's concerned to find out what's happened to the people of a ruined district of the Syrian city of Homs. She said she was still waiting for the Syrian government to respond to a request to let humanitarian aid in. Jim Muir has this report from Beirut.
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, }5 ]# V* r" ~, X7 kValerie Amos said she was devastated by what she saw during her brief 45-minute visit to Baba Amr on Wednesday.
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Activist groups continue to report the summary execution of men from Baba Amr, the butchering of entire families and also the systematic mass rape of women. . `; Q! V( m, w7 J2 z* g
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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has welcomed a statement by President Obama that there's a window of opportunity to solve the Iranian nuclear issue diplomatically. Ayatollah Khamenei said they were good words although he said the US still wanted to bring the Iranian people to their knees through sanctions. But a BBC correspondent points out that Mr Obama said Washington would take no options off the table in order to stop Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon.
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The Pakistani interior minister says the three widows of Osama Bin Laden have been charged with illegally entering and living in Pakistan. ; A- v- i, Q$ O$ ~# P

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, L3 }5 q" ]4 HIndigenous protesters in Ecuador have begun a two-week march across the country to demand that the government abandon plans for large-scale mining projects. Several hundreds protesters set off from an Amazon province where a Chinese company has been authorised to develop a huge open-cast copper mine. Ecuador's main indigenous organisation says mining will contaminate water supplies.
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% _' h8 E7 x3 w! LA rare "wanted" poster offering a reward for the capture of King Charles II in 1651 has been sold at auction in England for more than $50,000. The poster was issued by the parliament led by Oliver Cromwell towards the end of the English Civil War. Here's Claire Marshall with the details.
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The price went up and up.
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"My hammer's down at £33,000. Thank you, sir."
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" b* P/ f! i" v- S8 v5 xTony Whittaker was the winner. + T5 |( }+ A! S: f% C$ A
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4 K  A. K' x* Y"Well, I doubt she's called Cromwell Manor, and I thought it would look good on the wall even though it's a very expensive wall now."
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4 p' M+ ~0 t1 x) k) Y5 UEnthusiasts should be pleased that it's staying in the local area so significant to the story of the Civil War. # m: F$ c% k9 x% j, z* s: u* n

' U5 m2 }" c5 aAnd that's the BBC News.
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3 Z/ f$ @0 o4 ~The United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos has been to the devastated district of Baba Amr in the Syrian city of Homs. She spent about 45 minutes there with members of the Syrian Red Crescent assessing the humanitarian needs of residents who survived weeks of shelling by government forces. A Red Cross spokesman, Sean Maguire, told the BBC that they've encountered fewer people than they'd expected. 0 b7 Y- E6 k+ y; i& S, ^
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"The key issue really for us is where is the population and what are their needs now. We get a sense that they fled, they're elsewhere. Last week, the Free Syrian Army were saying there were about 4,000 people left, out of a population that may at one point have been as high as 100,000." & l4 e9 @* _9 t# G" o9 ]

3 b6 H: w/ x- d) ^# w% n, ~1 K5 Q. aSix British soldiers have been killed by a huge bomb explosion in southern Afghanistan. Their deaths take the number of British service personnel killed in the country to more than 400. Quentin Sommerville reports from the British base at Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. 4 N2 s" j( x  y4 {; @2 T. I2 U8 o0 G
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The men had been known as two-vehicle convoy in what was described as a routine patrol. Not long after leaving their base, they left the main highway, crossing open ground. It's a common tactic. It was twilight when a massive explosion tore through their Warrior troop carrier.   w5 q8 L3 T# B1 G% G

9 y9 q7 P3 L, v% V1 n' ~The fire burnt for hours. The wreckage of the vehicle and the remains of the six soldiers have now been returned to base. The burnt-out hull of the Warrior appears to indicate that it was hit by a huge Taliban improvised explosive device, one of the largest seen in the area. One senior officer said this isn't a change in insurgent tactics; it was just rotten luck. + D4 h- K1 I  C! u% g

( H& x% [* y$ M: q9 XThe government of Sudan has rejected allegations of crimes against humanity made by the former head of the United Nations in Sudan. 1 O2 D" \. H( I! }$ D* b

/ D/ F' i' N' U4 I3 s# KMukesh Kapila accused Sudan of ethnic cleansing against the Nuba population in Southern Kordofan, where there's been fighting between the Sudanese military and rebels. However, a Sudanese official, Rabie Abdul-Atti, told the BBC that its air force sorties were targeting the rebels whom he accused of committing human rights abuses.
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Forbes magazine says there are now a record 1,226 billionaires on its annual rich list, compared with 140 when it was launched 25 years ago.
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/ D" A4 S  f7 FThe Mexican telecoms magnate Carlos Slim, who's worth an estimated $69bn, tops the list for the third year in a row followed by the software magnate Bill Gates and financier Warren Buffett. No Indian billionaires are in the top 10 this year, and the only Chinese one is the Hong Kong property magnate Li Ka-shing. Steve Forbes explains why.
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"Well, what it tells us is there's a lot of churn, there hasn't been a lot of growth in the economy in the last year. The number of billionaires went up 16, but yet some regions go down: China went down a little bit; Russia went down because of weak commodity prices. But the fact the matter is there hasn't been a lot of real vigorous growth in the world, and that's reflected on the list this year." 2 w$ A4 q6 L6 G2 o8 o" d" `

" X, i2 `6 h: K; {You're listening to the World News from the BBC.
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The man who admits carrying out a massacre in Norway last year has been formally charged with acts of terrorism and premeditated murder. Anders Behring Breivik, a right-wing extremist, is due to go on trial next month. Last July, he killed 69 people in a shooting rampage and eight others in a bomb attack. Norway's state prosecutor Svein Holden says it's unlikely that Breivik would ever be released. + f+ u+ S3 r* X) ~
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0 q8 r: S2 e7 r9 t! n5 lAn international group of scientists has established the complete genetic blueprint of the gorilla, one of mankind's closest relatives. The researchers found that 15% of the human genome is closer to that of gorillas than it is to chimpanzees - our closest relative of all. Our science correspondent Pallab Ghosh has more.
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) A5 Q! f! d3 h) nInitial studies of the gorilla genome have shown that our species separated from gorillas 10 million years ago, much earlier than some scientists thought. Another discovery is that something in their genes prevents gorillas from suffering from dementia - a finding that researchers could study further to help them find a cure for senility. But the ultimate prize for the research community is to discover just what it is that makes us uniquely human.
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Armenia says it will not take part in this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is being hosted by Azerbaijan. The head of Armenia's Eurovision delegation, Gohar Gasparyan, said it didn't make sense to send people to a country where they'd be met as enemies. In the 1990s, Armenia and Azerbaijan fought a war over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
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