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FARC rebel chief confirms Colombia peace talks
FARC rebel chief confirms Colombia peace talks

The leader of Colombia's leftist FARC rebels confirmed on Monday that they were ready to take part in peace talks aimed at ending Latin America's longest-running armed conflict, now nearly 50 years old.

FARC rebel chief confirms Colombia peace talks
New UN envoy 'scared' by Syria conflict task
New UN envoy 'scared' by Syria conflict task

New UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said Friday that he was "scared" at the size of the task of ending the Syria conflict.

New UN envoy 'scared' by Syria conflict task
Mexico murders almost triple since 2005
Mexico murders almost triple since 2005

The murder rate in drug-violent Mexico has almost tripled since 2005, government figures showed Monday, though officials did not specify how many homicides were linked to the country's war on drugs.

Mexico murders almost triple since 2005
Syria pounds rebel bastions as UN names new envoy
Syria pounds rebel bastions as UN names new envoy

Syrian forces launched new air strikes and shelled rebel strongholds in several key cities on Saturday, a watchdog said, after the UN named a new envoy to try to end the conflict.

Syria pounds rebel bastions as UN names new envoy
World Muslim body to suspend Syria
World Muslim body to suspend Syria

An emergency summit of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) began late Tuesday with a proposal to suspend conflict-wracked Syria, a move strongly opposed by Iran.

World Muslim body to suspend Syria
US says Iran forming pro-regime militia in Syria
US says Iran forming pro-regime militia in Syria

The US on Tuesday accused Iran of setting up a pro-regime militia in Syria as Washington increasingly ties the crisis there to interference by its long-time foe Tehran.

US says Iran forming pro-regime militia in Syria
Aleppo battle rages as both sides report atrocities
Aleppo battle rages as both sides report atrocities

The Syrian army pressed its assault on rebels in commercial capital Aleppo on Sunday, while both sides reported atrocities and Arab foreign ministers postponed a planned meeting on the 17-month conflict.

Aleppo battle rages as both sides report atrocities
Elton John brands Madonna 'fairground stripper'
Elton John brands Madonna 'fairground stripper'

Elton John has reignited his public spat with Madonna, calling her a "fairground stripper" whose career is over.

Elton John brands Madonna 'fairground stripper'
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Reliant on Ethiopia, Somali officials struggle to fill void

Standing in front of the rag-covered tent that has been her family's home for 18 months, grandmother Halbo Maow says that while the men with the guns might have changed, life still remains tough.

Reliant on Ethiopia, Somali officials struggle to fill void
Egypt army promises to avenge Sinai attack
Egypt army promises to avenge Sinai attack

The Egyptian army on Monday promised to "avenge" the deaths of 16 border guards in an assault the previous day on a post near the border with Israel, in a statement issued by state news agency MENA.

Egypt army promises to avenge Sinai attack
Blame game after Annan quits as Syria envoy
Blame game after Annan quits as Syria envoy

World powers traded blame on Friday after Kofi Annan quit as international peace envoy to Syria, complaining that his initiative to end the bloodshed there never received the support it deserved.

Blame game after Annan quits as Syria envoy
Mukhtar Kul-Mukhammed. Tengrinews.kz stock photo
Kazakhstan Secretary of State gave his own statists of labor conflicts

A labor conflict in the gold-mining company in Akmola oblast may escalate: Secretary of State.

Kazakhstan Secretary of State gave his own statists of labor conflicts
Kazakhstan Minister of Labor and Social Protection Gulshara Abdykalikova. Photo courtesy of pm.kz
13 labor conflicts took place in Kazakhstan in 2012

13 labor conflicts have taken place in Kazakhstan companies since the beginning of 2012.

13 labor conflicts took place in Kazakhstan in 2012
Oil strikes two-year high; soya scores record high
Oil strikes two-year high; soya scores record high

Oil prices hit two-month highs this week, driven by Federal Reserve stimulus hopes and Middle East unrest, while soyabeans soared to a record high as US supplies were hit by drought.

Oil strikes two-year high; soya scores record high
Unrecognised Karabakh votes as tensions rise
Unrecognised Karabakh votes as tensions rise

The self-declared state of Nagorny-Karabakh, recognised by no country in the world, votes in leadership elections as fears grow of a new conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over its status.

Unrecognised Karabakh votes as tensions rise
Annan, Ban call on UN Council to act on Syria
Annan, Ban call on UN Council to act on Syria

UN chief Ban Ki-moon and international envoy Kofi Annan called on the UN Security Council to take strong action on the Syria conflict ahead of a vote Thursday on a western-backed resolution calling for sanctions.

Annan, Ban call on UN Council to act on Syria
Armenia-Azerbaijan time bomb ticks down in Karabakh
Armenia-Azerbaijan time bomb ticks down in Karabakh

Only the wind is heard rustling the wheat fields at the Karabakh frontline, but the silence is deceptive -- the soldiers lined along the Mardakert Heights know that shooting can start at any time.

Armenia-Azerbaijan time bomb ticks down in Karabakh
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Kazakhstan to toughen punishment for instigators of social protests

Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev has instructed to toughen the legislation against instigators of social and labor conflicts.

Kazakhstan to toughen punishment for instigators of social protests
Uzbek soldiers secure a street near the prison in Andizhan. ©REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
Experts forecast tensions in Central Asia in 2012

Possibility of further increase in conflicts and tensions in 2012 remains high in three Central Asian states: Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Experts forecast tensions in Central Asia in 2012
Head of the General Staff of Russian Armed Services general Nikolai Makarov. ©RIA Novosti
Libyan and Syrian conflicts can repeat themselves in Central Asia: Head of Russian General Staff

We have to be prepared for everything. That is why we hold trainings: Makarov.

Libyan and Syrian conflicts can repeat themselves in Central Asia: Head of Russian General Staff

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