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 Surge in Pakistan violence raises fears for elections
Surge in Pakistan violence raises fears for elections

A surge of violence in northwest Pakistan culminating in the assassination of a senior provincial minister has raised fears of a renewed Taliban campaign that could threaten national elections.

Surge in Pakistan violence raises fears for elections
Russia denounces West's 'dangerous' stance on Syria
Russia denounces West's 'dangerous' stance on Syria

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday denounced the West's "dangerous" stance in support of Syrian rebels seeking to unseat President Bashar al-Assad.

Russia denounces West's 'dangerous' stance on Syria
Police clash with Delhi gang-rape protesters
Police clash with Delhi gang-rape protesters

Indian police on Saturday baton-charged, tear-gassed and fired water cannon at demonstrators who were demanding better safety for women following the brutal gang-rape of a student last weekend.

Police clash with Delhi gang-rape protesters
UN Security Council approves Mali intervention force
UN Security Council approves Mali intervention force

The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously approved sending an African-led military force to help reconquer northern Mali from Islamist militants.

UN Security Council approves Mali intervention force
Rebels continue Central Africa push as Chad troops arrive
Rebels continue Central Africa push as Chad troops arrive

Rebels in the Central African Republic seized a town near the border with Chad on Wednesday, a day after Chadian troops entered the country at Bangui's request to help the army contain the rebel offensive.

Rebels continue Central Africa push as Chad troops arrive
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Mexico empties prison of all its inmates after deadly riot

Officials on Wednesday removed all of the prisoners -- about 500 inmates -- from a prison in northern Mexico, one day after the facility erupted in violence, leaving 15 inmates and nine guards dead.

Mexico empties prison of all its inmates after deadly riot
Obama tells Rwanda to end DRC rebel support
Obama tells Rwanda to end DRC rebel support

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday called on Rwandan President Paul Kagame to end all support for rebels in the conflict-wracked Democratic Republic of Congo.

Obama tells Rwanda to end DRC rebel support
Death toll rises to 21 after Pakistan attack: officials
Death toll rises to 21 after Pakistan attack: officials

The death toll from a car bomb attack on a marketplace in northwestern Pakistan has risen to 21, officials said Tuesday.

Death toll rises to 21 after Pakistan attack: officials
UN to increase contacts with Syrian opposition
UN to increase contacts with Syrian opposition

The UN humanitarian chief said Monday she has asked the Syrian government for 10 more aid groups to work in the country and will increase contacts with the opposition to help those in need.

UN to increase contacts with Syrian opposition
Syria troops press assault on town near Damascus
Syria troops press assault on town near Damascus

Syrian troops shelled a besieged town near Damascus and clashed with rebels on the outskirts of the capital on Saturday as the country's conflict entered its 22nd month, a watchdog and activists said.

Syria troops press assault on town near Damascus
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World leaders face big challenges in 2013

Barack Obama is back and China has a new leader in Xi Jinping, but world leaders face heavyweight issues in the coming year, from lingering economic crises to bloody tumult in the Middle East.

World leaders face big challenges in 2013
Syria: from revolution to all-out war
Syria: from revolution to all-out war

Syria's uprising has shifted from popular street protests against President Bashar al-Assad to a full-fledged war, increasingly influenced by armed Islamists, in a far cry from the idealism of the Arab Spring.

Syria: from revolution to all-out war
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
Arab League hopes US, Russia reconcile on Syria
Arab League hopes US, Russia reconcile on Syria

Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi hoped on Sunday that the United States and Russia could reconcile their views over Syria in order to facilitate a settlement of the crisis in the war-ravaged country.

Arab League hopes US, Russia reconcile on Syria
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At least 20 FARC rebels killed in Colombia: army

At least 20 leftist rebels were killed in Colombia after the military launched bombing strikes against their camp in Narino province, near the border with Ecuador.

At least 20 FARC rebels killed in Colombia: army
 US mulling further help for Syrian rebels: Clinton
US mulling further help for Syrian rebels: Clinton

Washington is weighing what further help it can give the Syrian opposition rebels, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday, without spelling out if they would win full US recognition.

US mulling further help for Syrian rebels: Clinton
New page in Syria war as rebel missiles hit aircraft
New page in Syria war as rebel missiles hit aircraft

In less than 24 hours, rebels used surface-to-air missiles to strike down two aircraft in northern Syria, marking a turning point in their war with forces of President Bashar al-Assad.

New page in Syria war as rebel missiles hit aircraft
US needs rethink of Mideast peace plan: experts
US needs rethink of Mideast peace plan: experts

The US administration must radically rethink ways to achieve a sustainable Israeli-Arab peace deal or risk seeing the goal of a two-state solution slip away.

US needs rethink of Mideast peace plan: experts
Mali groups reject Algeria, Burkina Faso mediation
Mali groups reject Algeria, Burkina Faso mediation

A coalition of Malian political parties and a citizen's association based in the Islamist-occupied north on Sunday objected to Algeria and Burkina Faso's role in mediating their country's crisis.

Mali groups reject Algeria, Burkina Faso mediation
Syria rebels take loyalist Palestinian training camp: NGO
Syria rebels take loyalist Palestinian training camp: NGO

Syrian rebels on Sunday seized the training camp of a pro-regime Palestinian faction in Damascus province and took control of an arms depot after fierce clashes.

Syria rebels take loyalist Palestinian training camp: NGO