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Pakistan releases captured Indian pilot; confrontation cools

WAGAH, India/MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan handed back a captured Indian pilot on Friday as the nuclear-armed neighbours scaled back a confrontation that has prompted world powers to urge restraint, although shelling continued in the disputed Kashmir region.

Inside a raid in Maduro's crackdown on critics in Venezuela slums

CARACAS (Reuters) - After Venezuelan police officers clad in black military uniforms and masks stopped 27-year-old Yohendry Fernandez at gunpoint in the Caracas slum of Jose Felix Ribas, they asked him if he had a criminal record. He replied yes.

As Taliban talks gather pace, Afghan women fear turning back clock

KABUL (Reuters) - Eighteen years ago, at the height of the Taliban's power in Afghanistan, Roshan Mashal secretly taught her daughters to read and write alongside a dozen local girls who smuggled school books to her house in potato sacks.

Venezuela captures rogue officers after uprising at military outpost

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's government said on Monday it had suppressed a small military revolt after a group of officers stole weapons and kidnapped several officials, as a video posted online showed a sergeant demanding the removal of President Nicolas Maduro.

'Sitting ducks': Volunteer describes rescue at besieged Kenyan hotel

NAIROBI (Reuters) - As the sun set on an upmarket hotel complex in Nairobi, Serge Medic's phone pinged with a message from his son: "Dad, are you OK?... Don't do anything silly, please."

Gunmen kill 15 in Kenya hotel compound attack claimed by Somali Islamists

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Gunmen blasted their way into a hotel and office complex in the Kenyan capital on Tuesday, killing at least 15 people and sending workers diving under desks to escape an attack claimed by Somalia-based Islamist group al Shabaab.

Ex-boyfriend kills love of his life, security guard, himself in a moment of rage

BANGKOK (The Nation/Asia News Network): The estranged ex-boyfriend of a university student killed a security guard before shooting his ex-girlfriend and turning the gun on himself on Tuesday night in Lampang province.

Security forces disperse Sudanese demonstrators after week of protests

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - At least three Sudanese protesters were wounded by gunshots on Tuesday when security forces dispersed rallies in the capital, witnesses said, after a week of demonstrations against President Omar al-Bashir's three-decade rule.

Cops stop stolen trailer in its tracks

BESUT: A police team in pursuit of two suspects in a stolen trailer fired several shots at the vehicle to prevent them from escaping.Besut OCPD Supt Mohd Zamri Mohd Rowi said policemen in two patrol cars spotted the trailer in Jengka, Pahang at about 10am yesterday and trailed the vehicle.

Nomads and farmers in fight for Nigeria's heartland

MAKURDI, Nigeria - A Reuters analysis of land use data shows how a massive expansion of farming in Nigeria's Middle Belt has cut access to grazing land for nomadic herders and fuelled persistent violence.