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Dhaka, Bangladesh (AFP) - Three more opposition activists were killed in a new bout of political violence in Bangladesh Friday after the US voiced grave concern about the unrest and slammed a spate of “unconscionable” firebombings. Four people, including a child, also died and 15 were injured when suspected anti-government protesters threw a petrol bomb at a packed bus as the death toll from a month of unrest rose to 70.

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Ukraine crisis - Moscow, Russia (AFP) - The leaders of Russia, Germany and France agreed during late-night talks in Moscow to draw up a plan to end fighting in Ukraine as rebels wage a deadly offensive in the country’s east, officials said Saturday. A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said that more than four hours of talks that wrapped up...

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Just what exactly is life like for a female jihadist living amongst the extremists of Islamic State (IS)? A lengthy treatise has been published online in Arabic by female IS supporters in Iraq and Syria, calling themselves the Khansaa Brigades. Aimed primarily at attracting female recruits from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf, it sets out to answer questions and debunk myths.

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New Delhi, India (AFP) - Voters went to the polls in India’s capital Saturday with firebrand former chief minister Arvind Kejriwal looking to complete a surprise comeback and deliver the first major blow to Narendra Modi’s premiership.Less than a year on from his resignation as head of Delhi’s state government after just 49 days, most polls say Kejriwal’s anti-corruption party is in...

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Washington, United States (AFP) -Boko Haram is flush with cash and weapons after a string of battlefield advances, but the militants could face a tougher fight with Nigeria’s neighbors, US intelligence officials said Friday. The group is “financially secure” from bank robberies, kidnappings and other sources, and is able to go “toe-to-toe” with the Nigerian military after capturing an arsenal...

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Los Angeles, United States (AFP) - Bradley Cooper could make it third time lucky at the Oscars this month, after being nominated a rare three consecutive times for Hollywood’s highest awards.The 40-year-old is shortlisted for best actor for his role in the controversial blockbuster “American Sniper” as former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, one of America’s most famous warriors in the second Iraq war.

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Caracas, Venezuela (AFP) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday ordered the government takeover of a private supermarket chain, accusing the company of food hoarding amid huge lines and shortages in the crisis-hit country.Maduro did not say whether the move amounted to an expropriation, but he said the government’s PDVAL food distribution agency would take over “all service of this chain that was waging war against the population.”

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia (AFP) -Two American sisters have been arrested in Cambodia for taking naked photos of each other inside the country’s famed Angkor temple complex, officials said Saturday -- the latest nude stunt by tourists to spark anger.Lindsey Adams, 22, and her 20-year-old sister Leslie were discovered taking “nude pictures” inside the Preah Khan temple at the world heritage site on...

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Taipei, Taiwan (AFP) - TransAsia Airways on Saturday started the first day of a program to retrain its pilots after its second deadly crash in seven months, as rescuers retrieved three more bodies from the drowned plane.Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) ordered all of TransAsia’s 71 pilots who fly ATR planes to take oral tests on operating the aircraft as part of...

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Tokyo, Japan (AFP) -The Japanese parliament is expected to lower the voting age to 18 from 20 currently, a report said Saturday, in the first such change to the law in seven decades. Six ruling and opposition parties have agreed to submit the necessary legislation later this month, with the Diet (Japan’s legislature) due to approve the change by early May, the Asahi Shimbun

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Washington, United States (AFP) - The United States called Friday for Nigeria’s presidential elections to be held on time, as the nation’s electoral commission weighs a delay over difficulty distributing voter cards.The US supports “peaceful, free, transparent and credible electoral processes in Nigeria and renews its calls on all candidates, their supporters and Nigerian citizens to reject election-related violence,” deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement.

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New Delhi, India (AFP) - Indian police have rescued hundreds of child slaves as young as six during days of raids on workshops in the central city of Hyderabad, a senior officer said Friday. Police discovered 120 children -- some of them sick, underweight and traumatised -- during raids on workshops that make bangles and other goods late on Thursday, as part of a city-wide crackdown on child slavery.

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Budapest, Hungary (AFP) - Hungary’s maverick Prime Minister Viktor Orban has spent the past year straddling the divide between Russia and his European Union counterparts on the crisis in Ukraine.But he may soon be forced to pick sides. On Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to visit Budapest for the first time since Orban came to power five years ago.

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Kiev, Ukraine (AFP) - Kiev’s pro-Western leaders hope to hold truce talks on Saturday with pro-Russian separatists despite the rebels’ vow to push their latest offensive in eastern Ukraine if the negotiations should fail. The urgent new round of negotiations in Minsk that had been agreed for Friday under pressure from European envoys was postponed due to disagreements over who should represent the rebel camp.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (AFP) - Philippine government and Muslim rebel negotiators issued a joint plea Saturday for the country to stick to a historic peace accord that is now in peril after a deadly clash spurred calls for retribution against the guerrillas.Both sides told a press briefing in Kuala Lumpur that two days of talks in Malaysia on disarming the rebels...

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