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U.S. drone kills Pakistan Taliban Number Two - security officials

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - A U.S. drone strike killed the number two of the Pakistani Taliban in the North Waziristan region on Wednesday, three security officials said, in what would be a major blow in the fight against militancy.


Malaysia hands over refurbished health centre to Pakistan

MIRPUR KHAS (Sindh, Pakistan): A rural health centre badly damaged during the 2011 floods was refurbished and reconstructed by Mercy Malaysia in partnership with the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and handed over to the provincial government.


EU to relax banking sanctions to help Syrian rebels

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European banks will be able to open branches and accounts in Syria for use by the opposition, European Union governments decided on Friday, relaxing economic sanctions to help the rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad.


Russia blocks U.N. Security Council declaration on Syria's Qusair

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia on Saturday blocked a U.N. Security Council declaration of alarm over the bloody siege of the Syrian town of al-Qusair by Syrian troops and Hezbollah guerrillas, Security Council diplomats said.


Syrian rebels, Hezbollah in deadly fight in Lebanon - sources

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Several fighters were killed in an overnight clash between Hezbollah fighters and Syrian rebel forces in Lebanon's eastern border region with Syria, Lebanese security sources said on Sunday.


Syria to grant Red Cross access to Qusair when fighting over - TV

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria will allow the Red Cross to enter the besieged town of Qusair after military operations are over, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem told U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday, state TV said.


Angelina Jolie 'moved' by public support following surgery

LONDON - Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie said Sunday she had been moved by public support after she revealed she had had a double mastectomy to reduce her high risk of breast cancer.


Syrian rebels, Hezbollah in deadly fight in Lebanon

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Hezbollah guerrillas fought a deadly battle with Syrian rebels in Lebanon's eastern border region early on Sunday, security sources said, in the latest eruption of Syria's conflict on Lebanese soil.


Suspended - 4 cops linked to Dharmendran’s death in custody

PUTRAJAYA: The Home Ministry has ordered the suspension of the four policemen implicated in the death in custody of N. Dharmendran, as a high-powered investigating committee lead by the inspector-general of police himself continues to probe the matter.


China warns U.N. against 'irresponsible remarks' on North Koreans

BEIJING (Reuters) - China warned the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees on Monday against making "irresponsible remarks" about nine North Korean defectors the U.N. believes were repatriated to their isolated, authoritarian homeland by China last week.