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- Explosion and gunfire shake Kabul
- There has been a large explosion in the centre of the Afghan capital, Kabul, followed by an apparent attack on a security forces building.
- RAF jets scrambled after incident
- RAF Typhoon jets are launched to investigate an incident involving a civilian plane from Pakistan within UK airspace, the Ministry of Defence says.
- UN hails 'historic' Obama drone vow
- The lawyer leading the UN's inquiry into drones welcomes President Obama's speech as a "significant step towards increased transparency".
- Syria 'to attend peace conference'
- Russia says the Syrian government has agreed "in principle" to attend an international peace conference set to be held in Geneva in June.
- Turkey to ban late-night drink sales
- The Turkish parliament approves controversial legislation to restrict the sale and advertising of alcohol.
- 'Comfort women' snub Japan mayor
- Two South Korean women forced into sexual slavery in WWII cancel a meeting with Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, citing fears of "political exploitation".
- Czech murder suspect arrested in US
- An American man suspected of killing a family of four in Brno has been arrested at an airport in Washington.
- Powerful quake off Russia east coast
- A strong earthquake strikes off the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia's far east, but an initial tsunami warning issued by the authorities is lifted.
- Embattled Toronto mayor fires aide
- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford sacks his chief of staff Mark Towhey as he fights claims he has been caught smoking crack cocaine on camera.
- Error blacklists Russian 'Facebook'
- Russia's most popular social network, VKontakte, is temporarily blacklisted by mistake - and some users find it blocked.
- India soldiers die in Kashmir ambush
- Four soldiers are killed in an ambush by suspected militants in the Pulwama district of Indian-administered Kashmir, officials say.
- Giro stage cancelled because of snow
- Friday's 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia is cancelled because of heavy snow and Saturday's stage 20 is re-routed.
- Nasa to lease shuttle launch pad
- Nasa is looking for commercial operators to lease a historic launch pad in Florida used for the first Moon missions and by the space shuttles.
- French ex-leader reveals panda story
- Former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing reveals he was once jumped on by a panda when he dared himself to enter its cage.
- Obama defends 'just' drones war
- President Obama defends the use of drones as a "just war" of self-defence against deadly militants, and a campaign that has made America safer.
- US road bridge falls into river
- The collapse of a road bridge over the Skagit river in the north-west US state of Washington was caused by an oversize lorry's crash, say officials.
- Ecuador satellite space crash fears
- Space engineers in Ecuador are trying to establish if the country's only satellite has been damaged in a crash with space debris.
- Mozambique mines 'hurt locals'
- International mining companies operating in Mozambique are failing in their obligation to people displaced by coal mining, says Human Rights Watch.
- Belmokhtar 'supervised' Niger bombs
- Militant leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar masterminded the two suicide bombs in Niger on Thursday which killed 20 people, a Mauritanian news agency reports.
- China 'offers peacekeepers' for Mali
- China has offered soldiers to the new UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, UN officials say.
- Japan PM Abe heads to Burma
- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heads to Burma for economic talks - in the first visit by a Japanese PM since 1977.
- N Korea envoy meets China president
- A North Korean envoy visiting China meets President Xi Jinping and hands him a letter written by Kim Jong-un, state media reports.
- Wife expected soldier 'to be safe'
- The wife of a soldier murdered in London says she expected her husband to be safe in the UK.
- Arsonists target Stockholm schools
- The Stockholm fire brigade tackles fires at at least two schools on a fifth night of rioting in the Swedish capital.
- 'Hard decisions' needed for peace
- US Secretary of State John Kerry says "hard decisions" will be needed for peace after two days of talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
- WHO urges sharing over coronavirus
- The WHO urges countries with possible cases of novel coronavirus to share information amid concern over patent rights held by commercial labs.
- Plane 'fire' closed Heathrow runway
- British Airways cancels its short-haul flights to and from Heathrow after one of its planes makes an emergency landing.
- Benefit fraud talent show mum jailed
- A mother of eight is jailed for four years for fraudulently claiming more than £350,000 in benefits and tax credits.
- Germany reports sluggish growth
- Germany's economy barely grew in the first quarter of the year, figures show, as private consumption helped offset shrinking exports and investment.
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- News Corp to split in two on 28 June
- News Corp announces it will officially split its publishing and entertainment businesses on 28 June, two years after the UK phone-hacking scandal involving the News of the World.
- Robson to face Wozniacki in Paris
- British number one Laura Robson faces former world number one Caroline Wozniacki in the French Open first round.
- Stoke make contact with Hughes
- Former QPR boss Mark Hughes is contacted by Stoke City after emerging as a leading contender to replace Tony Pulis.
- Donald set for PGA Championship exit
- Luke Donald is set to miss the cut at the PGA Championship, ending his hopes of winning a third successive Wentworth title.
- Lesbian drama is Cannes favourite
- An intimate love story between two young women receives rave reviews in Cannes days before the winner of the Palme d'Or is announced.
- Amazon reveals fan fiction platform
- Fan fiction authors will be able to publish and sell some titles in the US via new e-book platform Kindle Worlds.
- British hopefuls up for US TV awards
- Damian Lewis and Sienna Miller are among the British stars nominated for the annual US Critics' Choice Awards.
- VIDEO: US road bridge falls into river
- Part of a road bridge has collapsed into the Skagit River in the US state of Washington, officials say.
- VIDEO: Schools set alight in Stockholm violence
- Rioters have set alight two schools and a police station in the suburbs of Stockholm, as violence flared for the fifth night in a row.
- VIDEO: 80-year-old claims new Everest record
- An 80-year-old Japanese adventurer, Yuichiro Miura, becomes the oldest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
- VIDEO: Obama heckled over Guantanamo Bay
- US President Barack Obama is heckled over his failure to close the Guantanamo Bay prison by a member of the audience during a national security speech.
- VIDEO: Second jewel theft at Cannes festival
- A necklace reportedly worth 1.9m euros (£1.6m) has been stolen during the Cannes film festival, in the second such theft to hit this year's event.
- VIDEO: Rios Montt genocide case stirs tensions
- The former military leader of Guatemala, Efrain Rios Montt, scored a victory this week in the long-running genocide case against him.
- VIDEO: UN brigade to 'enforce peace' in Congo
- The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has told the BBC that a UN force in the Democratic Republic of Congo will protect the civilian population
- VIDEO: Tornado clean-up begins in Oklahoma
- Police cordons have been removed for the first time since the Tornado in Oklahoma allowing families to return to their homes and survey the damage.
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- Iraq's reminder of the worst of times
- Iraq appears to be slipping back into mire of sectarian killings
- Was there genocide in Guatemala?
- Fresh tussle over legacy of Guatemala's civil war
- Stockholm riots throw spotlight on Swedish inequality
- Nightly riots highlight Sweden's inequalities
- Muslim leaders learn about Holocaust
- Muslim leaders take trip to Nazi concentration camps
- The uneven charm of Rome's cobblestones
- The stories behind Rome's gleaming cobblestones
- Englishisms in France: Readers' franglais favourites
- The English phrases readers love to hear spoken by the French
- How German football reinvented itself
- How German football reinvented itself
- The OAU: Fifty years on
- The search for continental unity, 50 years on
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