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US gun laws vary widely
US gun laws vary widely

The horrific shooting that has left 20 young children and six adults dead in rural Connecticut revived the familiar US gun law debate, where restrictions vary widely between different states.

US gun laws vary widely
Petrol bombs thrown during Bangladesh protest
Petrol bombs thrown during Bangladesh protest

Hundreds of protesters in Bangladesh threw petrol bombs at police on Tuesday as opposition parties enforced a nationwide strike demanding elections under a neutral caretaker government.

Petrol bombs thrown during Bangladesh protest
DR Congo rebel peace talks open to rocky start
DR Congo rebel peace talks open to rocky start

Congolese rebels and government officials opened tense talks Sunday, with both sides vowing to end a crisis that has led to widespread atrocities and sparked fears of an all-out regional conflict.

DR Congo rebel peace talks open to rocky start
Myanmar apologises to monks over mine protest injuries
Myanmar apologises to monks over mine protest injuries

Myanmar's government has apologised to senior Buddhist clerics over injuries sustained in a violent police crackdown on a rally at a Chinese-backed copper mine.

Myanmar apologises to monks over mine protest injuries
DR Congo rebels, troops accused of killing, rape rampage
DR Congo rebels, troops accused of killing, rape rampage

Rebels and government troops raped and killed civilians and looted towns during battles in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo last month with children suffering dramatically.

DR Congo rebels, troops accused of killing, rape rampage
Airport handover 'seamless': Maldives government
Airport handover 'seamless': Maldives government

The Maldivian government on Saturday described as "seamless" the retaking of the country's international airport from an Indian developer following a bitter row that triggered a spat with its neighbour.

Airport handover 'seamless': Maldives government
Shiite Muslims protest Pakistan govt in New York
Shiite Muslims protest Pakistan govt in New York

More than 1,000 Shiite Muslims marched in the streets of New York on Friday to voice their anger at the Pakistani government and the Taliban for what they called a "genocide" in their community.

Shiite Muslims protest Pakistan govt in New York
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Malaysia to teach lawmakers what is corruption

Malaysia's government will offer training to lawmakers to teach them how to avoid corruption, a key issue ahead of national elections that must be held by the middle of next year.

Malaysia to teach lawmakers what is corruption
Ukraine's government, PM resign: presidency
Ukraine's government, PM resign: presidency

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Monday accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and the entire government.

Ukraine's government, PM resign: presidency
Tensions flare at political rally in Bangkok
Tensions flare at political rally in Bangkok

Thai police fired tear gas and detained dozens of people as tensions flared at an anti-government protest Saturday in Bangkok, the scene of several outbreaks of violent unrest in recent years.

Tensions flare at political rally in Bangkok
ArcelorMittal warns France over pressure on Florange
ArcelorMittal warns France over pressure on Florange

Steel giant ArcelorMittal warned the French government Friday that efforts to force it to sell all of its Florange plant, rather than just the parts it wants to close, threaten the company's presence in France.

ArcelorMittal warns France over pressure on Florange
Fighting in DR Congo after rebels reject calls to end offensive
Fighting in DR Congo after rebels reject calls to end offensive

Fighting erupted in the DR of Congo after rebels defiantly rejected international calls to pull out of the strategic city of Goma and end an offensive that has stoked fears of a wider conflict and humanitar

Fighting in DR Congo after rebels reject calls to end offensive
Indian govt and opposition face off as parliament opens
Indian govt and opposition face off as parliament opens

India's shaky government and the opposition locked horns on Thursday as parliament re-opened for a crucial session that will see a recent string of pro-market reforms being hotly contested.

Indian govt and opposition face off as parliament opens
UN protests to Syria over Golan Heights attacks
UN protests to Syria over Golan Heights attacks

The United Nations has protested to the Syrian government for claiming it had UN permission to attack rebel opponents in the Golan Heights demilitarized zone.

UN protests to Syria over Golan Heights attacks
Sierra Leone to vote in litmus test for post-war democracy
Sierra Leone to vote in litmus test for post-war democracy

Sierra Leoneans vote on Saturday in the country's third election since the end of a brutal civil war, a high-stakes poll billed as a litmus test of the mineral-rich nation's democratic credentials.

Sierra Leone to vote in litmus test for post-war democracy
China not 'serious' in Tibet immolations probe: Dalai Lama
China not 'serious' in Tibet immolations probe: Dalai Lama

Chinese government is not "seriously" probing the cause of a spate of self-immolations by Tibetans across China, the Dalai Lama said Monday.

China not 'serious' in Tibet immolations probe: Dalai Lama
Australia scraps plan to filter Internet
Australia scraps plan to filter Internet

Australia on Friday scrapped a controversial plan to filter the Internet, saying it will instead block hundreds of websites identified by Interpol as among the worst child abuse sites.

Australia scraps plan to filter Internet
China leader warns of 'collapse' at start of congress
China leader warns of 'collapse' at start of congress

China's president Thursday warned the Communist Party faces "collapse" if it fails to clean up corruption and called for an economic revamp as he opened a congress to inaugurate a new slate of leaders.

China leader warns of 'collapse' at start of congress
Pentagon to end exclusive deal with RIM's Blackberry
Pentagon to end exclusive deal with RIM's Blackberry

The Pentagon will no longer retain an exclusive contract with Blackberry maker Research in Motion and has invited companies such as Apple to offer smart phones to its vast work force.

Pentagon to end exclusive deal with RIM's Blackberry
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Maya demand an end to doomsday myth

Guatemala's Mayan people accused the government and tour groups on Wednesday of perpetuating the myth that their calendar foresees the imminent end of the world for monetary gain.

Maya demand an end to doomsday myth