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War in Syria forces Aleppo merchants from souk to street

Aleppo - Once-proud shop owners in Aleppo's picturesque old city market, the merchants of Syria's former economic capital now live on a pittance selling goods on pavements and stalls.

India 'raped' girls found hanging killed selves: investigators

New Delhi - Two girls found hanging earlier this year in northern India committed suicide and were not gang-raped and murdered as previously thought, federal investigators said Thursday.

Over half of population feel unsafe living in South Korea

A biennial survey released on Thursday in South Korea revealed that over half the population does not feel safe living in their own country. The most cited reason given for people's feelings of insecurity was man-made disasters.

China says in talks with Russia over 2015 military drills

Bejing - China's defence ministry said Thursday that it was in talks with Russian counterparts about joint military exercises next year, after Moscow announced drills were planned for the Mediterranean Sea and Pacific Ocean.

Two teens shot by hunter unloading rifle

Tamaqua - Local police and the Pennsylvania Game Commission are continuing their investigation today into the shooting of two teenagers on Tuesday. The apparent accidental shooting occurred around 5 p.m. when a hunter was unloading his rifle.

Briton among 6 dead as Kabul blast hits embassy vehicle

A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-packed car into a British embassy vehicle in Kabul on Thursday, killing one Briton and five Afghans in the latest attack to highlight fragile security as NATO troops withdraw.

Mexico president seeks to dissolve local police forces

- Mexico's embattled president unveiled sweeping reforms Thursday to dissolve corruption-plagued municipal police forces nationwide amid an outcry over the role of gang-affiliated authorities in the presumed slaughter of 43 students.

Thousands in Greek anti-austerity protests as reform talks stall

Athens - Thousands of Greeks demonstrated against a new bout of austerity on Thursday in a general strike as the government failed to break a deadlock with the country's international creditors.

HIV infections double in Russia, ex-Soviet states

Stockholm - HIV infections have doubled in ten years in Russia and former Soviet states, due mainly to unprotected sex and injecting drugs, a report said Thursday.

Hunger-striking inmates die of poisoning in Venezuela

Caracas - As many as 25 Venezuelan hunger striking inmates have died, a rights group said Thursday, after they drank what prison authorities said was a cocktail of prescription drugs and grain alcohol.

Suicide blast hits British embassy vehicle, kills five Afghans

A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-packed car into a British embassy vehicle in Kabul on Thursday, killing at least five Afghans and wounding 34 bystanders in the latest blast to hit the city.

Ukraine confirms pro-Western PM with mammoth tasks ahead

Kiev - Ukraine's parliament on Thursday confirmed pro-Western Arseniy Yatsenyuk as premier to lead a new coalition government, while fresh attacks in the east provided a reminder of the steep challenges ahead.

Scotland to be granted income tax autonomy

London - Scotland is set to get sweeping new powers including setting its own income tax rates, under plans unveiled Thursday by a cross-party commission on greater devolution.

North Korea reveals rank of leader Kim's sister

Seoul - North Korea revealed Thursday the official title of Kim Jong-Un's younger sister, who is widely tipped to become a close and influential aide to the young leader.

Sarkozy tipped to lead party in first step back to presidency

Paris - First the dramatic comeback, then the frenzied campaign, and now France's ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy is limbering up for his potential springboard back into office: the leadership of his right-wing UMP party.

Eleven beheaded bodies found in troubled Mexican state

- Eleven beheaded bodies were found Thursday in Mexico's troubled southern state of Guerrero, a region still reeling from the apparent massacre of 43 students.

Japan to build underwater cities in 15 years

No, it isn't some underwater pipe dream. Japanese company Shimizu Corp is really planning to build an underwater Atlantis within the next 15 years.

700 migrants begin disembarking on Crete

- Around 700 migrants aboard a freighter that had been drifting in the Aegean Sea for two days began disembarking on the Greek island of Crete on Thursday, local officials said.

Shock as Aussie cricketer Hughes dies from head injuries

Sydney - Australian batsman Phillip Hughes died Thursday from a rare head injury after a sickening on-field blow in a tragedy that sent shockwaves through the sporting world.
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