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Chaotic mix of actors and interests in Syria war
Chaotic mix of actors and interests in Syria war

Syria's brutal five-year war has turned increasingly messy tangle of internal and external players with their own multi-faceted agendas.

Chaotic mix of actors and interests in Syria war
The 105-carat Koh-i-Noor diamond set in the crown. ©Reuters
Pakistan court to hear bid to reclaim jewel from British crown

Pakistan asks Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to return the Koh-i-Noor diamond more than 150 years after it was taken from Lahore.

Pakistan court to hear bid to reclaim jewel from British crown
Opera Software welcomes Chinese consortium's $1.2 billion bid

Chinese consortium led by the Golden Brick Silk Road investment fund offered 10.5 billion kroner ($1.2 billion) to take over Opera Software

Opera Software welcomes Chinese consortium's $1.2 billion bid
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13 million pupils in OECD nations 'failing at 15'

13 million pupils in OECD countries fail to attain a sufficient level of proficiency in either reading, maths or science by the age of 15.

13 million pupils in OECD nations 'failing at 15'
Scottish islanders don helmets for Viking fire festival
Scottish islanders don helmets for Viking fire festival

Residents of Scotland's remote Shetland Islands brandishing swords and shields celebrated their Nordic roots in a fest that culminated in burning of a Viking ship replica.

Scottish islanders don helmets for Viking fire festival
EU seals bad loans accord with Italy
EU seals bad loans accord with Italy

Italy and the European Union on Tuesday reached agreement on creating a guarantee vehicle to help Italian banks sell bad loans.

EU seals bad loans accord with Italy
Film Director Emir Baigazin at his Photo Exhibition in Lugano. Photo courtesy of Emir Baigazin
Emir Baigazin's The Wounded Angel selected for Berlinale

The Wounded Angel by Kazakh film director Emir Baigazin selected for the Official Program of the Berlin International Film Festival.

Emir Baigazin's The Wounded Angel selected for Berlinale
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Kazakhstan condemns North Korea's nuclear test

Kazakhstan denounced North Korea’s test of hydrogen bomb and violation of UN Security Council’s nonproliferation resolutions.

Kazakhstan condemns North Korea's nuclear test
Does North Korea have 'H' or 'A' bomb?
Does North Korea have 'H' or 'A' bomb?

North Korea said it had successfully tested a miniature hydrogen bomb. If confirmed, this would place it among a small group of countries with such dangerous weapons.

Does North Korea have 'H' or 'A' bomb?
Germany stunned by rash of New Year's sex assaults
Germany stunned by rash of New Year's sex assaults

The German government condemned dozens of coordinated sexual assaults against women on New Year's Eve in Cologne blamed on Arab men.

Germany stunned by rash of New Year's sex assaults
British astronaut dials wrong number on Xmas call from space
British astronaut dials wrong number on Xmas call from space

Tim Peake, the first British astronaut on the International Space Station, dialled a wrong number after trying to phone home for Christmas, asking a woman "Is this planet Earth?"

British astronaut dials wrong number on Xmas call from space
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Turkish Internet servers reeling under huge cyber attack

Turkish Internet servers are suffering a powerful cyber attack from abroad, slowing banking services and fanning fears.

Turkish Internet servers reeling under huge cyber attack
Turkmenistan eyes Western markets with new $2.5 bln gas link
Turkmenistan eyes Western markets with new $2.5 bln gas link

Turkmenistan hailed on Wednesday the completion of a $2.5 billion gas pipeline connecting its abundant eastern gas fields to the Caspian Sea while potentially expanding Europe's energy security options.

Turkmenistan eyes Western markets with new $2.5 bln gas link
Booking.com website screenshot
Germany bans booking.com's 'best price' clauses

The German cartel authorities have banned the online hotel booking portal, Booking.com, from using 'best pricer clause.

Germany bans booking.com's 'best price' clauses
Hungary accuses Austria of 'stupidity' in refugee crisis
Hungary accuses Austria of 'stupidity' in refugee crisis

Hungary accused Austria of confusing 'solidarity and stupidity' after Vienna said that nations which do not accept refugees under European Union quotas should face sanctions.

Hungary accuses Austria of 'stupidity' in refugee crisis
Time names Merkel as its Person of 2015
Time names Merkel as its Person of 2015

Time magazine named German Chancellor Angela Merkel as its Person of the Year 2015, hailing her leadership during Europe's debt, refugee and migrant crises and Russia's intervention in Ukraine.

Time names Merkel as its Person of 2015
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EU may delay Russia sanctions decision to next week

EU nations may delay a decision on whether to roll over economic sanctions against Russia.

EU may delay Russia sanctions decision to next week
70,000 sign petition to ban Trump from Britian
70,000 sign petition to ban Trump from Britian

Over 70,000 people sign a petition to ban Donald Trump from entering Britain after his call to bar Muslims from entering the United States.

70,000 sign petition to ban Trump from Britian
'Virtual trees' turn the Eiffel Tower green for COP21
'Virtual trees' turn the Eiffel Tower green for COP21

The Eiffel Tower turned green Sunday for the opening of the Paris climate conference, marking the launch of an art project that will see "virtual trees" grow on the landmark to support reforestation.

'Virtual trees' turn the Eiffel Tower green for COP21
Eldar Ryazanov. ©RIA Novosti
Beloved Russian filmmaker Ryazanov dies

Eldar Ryazanov, one of the most popular film directors of the Soviet era whose comedies captured the unique absurdities of life under Communism, died Monday aged 88.

Beloved Russian filmmaker Ryazanov dies

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