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Australia breached rights of 9-year-old girl

Australia's human rights body Wednesday found the government breached the rights of a nine-year-old girl it detained for more than nine months, during which time she witnessed others self-harming.

Australia breached rights of 9-year-old girl
Hong Kong govt big loser from legislative polls: press
Hong Kong govt big loser from legislative polls: press

Hong Kong's Beijing-backed government is the big loser from weekend legislative polls despite the poor showing of opposition democratic parties.

Hong Kong govt big loser from legislative polls: press
US to transfer Bagram prison to Afghans
US to transfer Bagram prison to Afghans

The US is to hand formal control of a controversial prison to the Afghan government on Monday, despite apparent disagreements between the two sides on the fate of hundreds of inmates.

US to transfer Bagram prison to Afghans
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast. ©REUTERS/Caren Firouz
Iran slams Canada for breaking off relations

Iran hit out at Canada's decision to break off diplomatic ties, with foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast accusing the Canadian government of being "under the influence of the Zionist regime."

Iran slams Canada for breaking off relations
Colombia confirms 'exploratory' talks with FARC
Colombia confirms 'exploratory' talks with FARC

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos confirmed that his government had begun "exploratory discussions" with leftist FARC rebels.

Colombia confirms 'exploratory' talks with FARC
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Angola votes in second peacetime polls

Angola votes Friday for only the second time since its civil war ended a decade ago, with the incumbent ruling party expected to sweep the polls.

Angola votes in second peacetime polls
Libyan interim Interior Minister Fawzi Abdelali. ©REUTERS/Ismail Zetouni
Libya's under-fire interior minister quits

Interior Minister Fawzi Abdelali resigned on Sunday after coming under fire for the performance of security forces during a surge of violence that has rocked Libya, an official from his office told AFP.

Libya's under-fire interior minister quits
Nigeria's Boko Haram. Photo courtesy of onislam.net
Nigeria in back-channel talks with Islamists: official

Nigeria's government has reached out to members of Islamist militant group Boko Haram through back-channel talks in a bid to end an insurgency that has killed hundreds, the president's spokesman said Sunday.

Nigeria in back-channel talks with Islamists: official
US court rejects graphic cigarette warnings
US court rejects graphic cigarette warnings

A US court on Friday shot down orders to slap graphic anti-tobacco messages on cigarette packs, saying the government overstepped its authority by trying to "browbeat" smokers into quitting.

US court rejects graphic cigarette warnings
Clinton seeks Egypt dialogue with Israel
Clinton seeks Egypt dialogue with Israel

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked Egypt to keep open communication with Israel after the new Cairo government deployed forces to the Sinai Peninsula.

Clinton seeks Egypt dialogue with Israel
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Issekeshev is first to switch to locally made car

Kazakhstan Minister of Industry and New Technologies Asset Issekeshev is the first member of the government has replace his foreign car with a locally made one.

Issekeshev is first to switch to locally made car
Brazil faced with mounting public sector strikes
Brazil faced with mounting public sector strikes

Already confronted with the impact of a global economic slowdown, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's government is now having to cope with its first major wave of public sector strikes.

Brazil faced with mounting public sector strikes
Japan should fortify islets defence: senior politician
Japan should fortify islets defence: senior politician

Japan should strengthen its coast guard to defend disputed islands, the ruling party policy chief said Saturday, a day after Tokyo deported pro-Beijing activists who had sailed there.

Japan should fortify islets defence: senior politician
A man buys fish on the first day of Ramadan in downtown Tunisia. ©REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi
Tunisians face costly Ramadan under first Islamist govt

"These prices are unheard of! They are worse than the Ramadan heat wave," says Aisha, cradle in hand, sheltering from the blazing sun in Tunis' central market during the Muslim fasting month.

Tunisians face costly Ramadan under first Islamist govt
As end of transition nears, Somalis pray for peace
As end of transition nears, Somalis pray for peace

Sitting outside a dilapidated building in Mogadishu's heavily fortified government area, Ali Hussein waves his hand dismissively at talk of Somalia's notoriously fractious political elite.

As end of transition nears, Somalis pray for peace
Egypt parliament set to convene, defying military
Egypt parliament set to convene, defying military

Egypt's Islamist-dominated parliament was set to convene on Tuesday in defiance of the powerful military following a decree by newly elected President Mohamed Morsi to reinstate the assembly.

Egypt parliament set to convene, defying military
Assembling an assembly: democracy is built in Libya
Assembling an assembly: democracy is built in Libya

Out of sight, in a large hall lit by welding sparks, workers in Libya are rushing to build an assembly fit for the country's first elected authorities since the ouster of Moamer Kadhafi's regime.

Assembling an assembly: democracy is built in Libya
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Twitter says government requests rising in 2012

Twitter said Monday in its first "transparency report" that the number of government requests for user information or to block content is rising in 2012.

Twitter says government requests rising in 2012
Kazakhstan's e-government
Geneva is interested in Kazakhstan’s e-government

The interest to Kazakhstan is a result of the country’s dramatic rise in the UN e-government ranking.

Geneva is interested in Kazakhstan’s e-government
Kazakhstan intends to become one of Top-Thirty winning countries in 2012 London Olympic Games
Kazakhstan intends to become one of Top-Thirty winning countries in 2012 London Olympic Games

Kazakhstan is planning to be among the Top-Thirty of winning countries in the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Kazakhstan intends to become one of Top-Thirty winning countries in 2012 London Olympic Games