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  • Thailand sends Rohingya Muslims back to Burma

    February 13, 2014 4:30 PM 25

    The Thai authorities have announced that 1,300 Rohingya refugees were sent back to Burma last year. They had been held at Thai detention centres and deported late last year, but the news has only just emerged. Human rights groups have criticised the move, saying Rohingyas face persecution in Burma, also known as Myanmar. Many thousands of Rohingya Muslims

  • Melee erupts in Indian Parliament over state bill

    February 13, 2014 10:56 AM 22

    Lawmaker L. Rajagopal from Andhra Pradesh attempted to prevent Thursday’s vote by unleashing pepper spray, which reduced other lawmakers to coughing and tearing as they were ushered out of the building. One lawmaker was rushed to a hospital, but no information was immediately available about his condition. Speaker Meira Kumar adjourned the session until

  • Cyprus reunification talks resume after 18-month freeze

    February 11, 2014 5:54 PM 36

    ATHENS -- Breaking an 18-month stalemate with the help of the United States, the leaders of Cyprus' divided Greek and Turkish enclaves resumed talks Tuesday aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island and ending one of Europe's most enduring conflicts. The renewed negotiations follow months of high-level back-channel diplomacy by the U.S., including

  • Cypriot leaders seek settlement 'as soon as possible'

    February 11, 2014 1:14 PM 50

    Nicosia (AFP) - Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot leaders pledged to strive towards agreement on ending the island's four-decade division "as soon as possible", as they relaunched Tuesday peace talks stalled for almost two years. Nicos Anastasiades and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart Dervis Eroglu, meeting at the now defunct Nicosia international airport in the UN-controlled

  • Last-minute Valentine's gifts to stay out of the dog house

    February 11, 2014 5:06 AM 36

    It’s officially last minute for Valentine’s Day, but there are plenty of gifts options out there that will arrive in time for Valentine’s Day celebrations. From the classic sweets and flowers to creative ideas to spend time with loved ones, these ideas will make the day a special one. Not every gift has to come from a store. Plan a romantic picnic, a trip to that movie

  • Pickles challenged over floods response

    February 10, 2014 7:10 PM 27

    Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has been accused of using the Environment Agency as a "convenient scapegoat" for the government's response to the flooding crisis. Shadow environment secretary Maria Eagle challenged Mr Pickles after he had appeared to criticise the advice the Environment Agency gave the government on flood defences. Ms Eagle said the government

  • Nepal parliament elects Sushil Koirala as new PM

    February 10, 2014 9:45 AM 25

    KATHMANDU: Nepal's parliament elected Sushil Koirala as prime minister on Monday, raising hopes of ending a prolonged political crisis and finally restoring stability to the war-torn Himalayan nation. Koirala, 75, the president of the country's largest and oldest party, won a majority of votes cast in the constituent assembly. “Sushil Koirala has secured

  • Brotherhood 'military wing' uncovered

    February 10, 2014 12:29 AM 23

    Updated: 06:41, Monday February 10, 2014 Egypt's interior ministry says it has broken up a 'military wing' of the Muslim Brotherhood, in the most detailed accusation yet implicating the group in militant attacks. The Brotherhood, the group of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, says it rejected violence decades ago and believes in peaceful protest

  • Did Putin miss the Sochi Olympic rings glitch? Photos emerge of Russian president looking the other way during botched broadcast

    February 9, 2014 5:35 PM 23

    Vladimir Putin may have missed the biggest glitch of the Olympics opening ceremony, because he was facing away from a monitor which showed it. Photos have emerged showing the Russian president about to emerge into the Olympic stadium. But he was turned away from a monitor that showed the opening ceremony of the Sochi Games while it unfolded, and would

  • Ukraine warns of terrorism risk as protests continue

    February 9, 2014 4:44 PM 34

    Ukraine’s security agency on Sunday warned of a heightened risk of terrorism, including from nearly three months of anti-government protests. KIEV, UKRAINE—Ukraine’s security agency on Sunday warned of a heightened risk of terrorism, including from nearly three months of anti-government protests. The warning raised the pressure on the opposition as parliament