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Pakistan attackers 'hit school, concert' (AFP)
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AFP - Taliban militants blew up a boys' school and assailants threw grenades into a music event, killing a student, in separate incidents in north and southwest Pakistan, officials said Wednesday.
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Iran court upholds death for opposition activist (AP)
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AP - An Iranian opposition-run Web site says an appeals court has upheld the death sentence for a student who took part in an anti-government rally in December that left eight people dead.
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Attacks on Indians 'racist': Australian minister (AFP)
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AFP - Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said on Wednesday some of the recent attacks against Indian students in Australia were "racist" and that the country would have to work hard to repair its image.
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Former Swiss wine grower uncovers Sudan's ancient roots (AFP)
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AFP - Charles Bonnet, the 76-year-old doyen of Sudan archaeologists who helped rewrite an ancient chapter of Africa's largest country, has come a long way from the Swiss vineyards he harvested as a youth.
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Sudan's land of 'black pharaohs' a trove for archaeologists (AFP)
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AFP - There is not a tourist in sight as the sun sets over sand-swept pyramids at Meroe, but archaeologists say the Nubian Desert of northern Sudan holds mysteries to rival ancient Egypt.
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South Africa's Zuma starts British state visit (AFP)
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AFP - South African President Jacob Zuma officially kicks off a state visit to Britain on Wednesday which will mix lavish pomp and ceremony with sporting trips and talks on Zimbabwe.
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Pedal issue at first drew little notice in Europe (AP)
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AP - Long before Toyota's serious problems with surging accelerators, reports surfaced in Europe of a less catastrophic problem with gas pedals that didn't ease off when drivers removed their foot.
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Afghan police and army prove a mixed class for US officers (AFP)
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AFP - For Lieutenant Ed Maloney, the most difficult part of leading a four-day mission in eastern Afghanistan was persuading Afghan soldiers to leave their base in the first place.
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Australian home rigged like "Die Hard" movie: police (AFP)
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AFP - An Australian recluse fortified his home with so many improvised explosive devices it resembled something out of a Hollywood action movie, police said Wednesday.
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Triple suicide blasts in Iraqi city kill 30 (AP)
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AP - A string of three deadly suicide bombings killed 30 people in the former insurgent stronghold of Baqouba on Wednesday, including a blast from a suicide bomber who rode in an ambulance with the wounded before blowing himself up at a ...
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Howard has to win over ICC's Asian nations: Murali (AFP)
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AFP - Sri Lankan spinning great Muttiah Muralitharan said Wednesday that former Australian prime minister John Howard faced a challenge winning over south Asian cricket nations as the new head of the sport's world body.
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Taliban, not drugs, focus of US-Afghan offensive (AP)
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AP - Even by Afghan standards, it was a startling find: An opium packaging workshop, buried under donkey dung and old hay in a stable that U.S. Marines turned into a patrol base in southern Afghanistan.
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14 die in mortar, gun battle in Somali capital (AP)
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AP - Somali government forces attacked insurgent-controlled areas in the capital, setting off a gunbattle and mortar fire that killed at least 10 civilians and four militants, witnesses said Wednesday. Almost 40 people were wounded.
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Investigators need Madeleine McCann files: spokesman (AFP)
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AFP - Files containing reported sightings of missing Madeleine McCann held by Portuguese police should be handed to investigators still searching for her, a family spokesman urged.
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China banks absorbed $170 bln FX swaps in 09-paper (Reuters)
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Reuters - Chinese commercial banks absorbed about $170 billion in foreign exchange from the financial system last year, mainly through yuan-dollar swaps, state media on Wednesday cited a former official as saying.
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