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U.N. AIDS agency deputy chief to leave after unsubstantiated allegations

GENEVA (Reuters) - Luiz Loures, deputy head of the U.N. agency for HIV/AIDS, will not seek to renew his position, the agency's spokesman said, adding it was not reasonable to link his departure to sexual harassment allegations that were found to be unsubstantiated.

U.N. envoy calls for urgent ceasefire in Syria hours before vote

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura renewed his urgent call on Friday for a ceasefire to stop both the "horrific" bombing of besieged eastern Ghouta and indiscriminate mortar shelling on Damascus.

Turkey summons Dutch diplomat over Armenian 'genocide' decision

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey summoned the Dutch charge d'affaires on Friday to complain about the Netherlands parliament recognising the massacre of as many as 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 as genocide, the Turkish foreign ministry said.

Singapore school test papers stolen in transit to British examiner

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - More than 200 students in Singapore had part of their British-administered school leaving exam paper stolen when they were sent to be marked in Britain, the Singapore exam board said on Friday.

Philippine police say 10 killed in bloody night of drug busts

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine police killed 10 suspected drug peddlers and arrested 63 people in dozens of operations during the single deadliest night of the country's ferocious war on drugs since police resumed participation in early December.

Australian deputy prime minister resigns after new harassment claim

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's deputy prime minister said on Friday he will resign as leader of his party after weeks of pressure over an affair with a staffer that brought him into open conflict with his premier and a new allegation of sexual harassment emerged.

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Last residents hold on in Tunisia's underground houses

MATMATA, Tunisia (Reuters) - In the arid valleys of southern Tunisia's Djebel Dahar region, people have lived for centuries in underground houses whose earthen casing provides protection against searing summer heat and winter winds.

More bombs fall on Syria's eastern Ghouta ahead of U.N. vote

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A new wave of bombs struck Syria's eastern Ghouta on Friday, which a witness in one town described as the worst yet, ahead of a U.N. Security Council vote to demand a 30-day ceasefire across the country.

Macron offers tough love for farmers ahead of Paris show

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron staked out a middle ground on Thursday ahead of a major farm show, urging farmers to invest more rather than complain about overseas competition, while also promising to protect them from foreign land buyers.

Myanmar bulldozes Rohingya villages after 'cleansing' campaign - group

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar has bulldozed at least 55 villages that were emptied of their Rohingya Muslim inhabitants during violence that began last year, Human Rights Watch said on Friday citing a review of new satellite imagery.