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Dazzling end to music camp

CONDUCTOR Dr Andrew Filmer delivered a dazzling performance during Musica Sinfonietta’s Big Bang! Camp Concert 2014 at Dewan Sri Pinang in Penang.


Taliban fighters mount offensive near Afghan border with Pakistan

ASADABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Taliban fighters killed at least five Afghan soldiers in a three-day offensive in a region near Pakistan, officials said on Tuesday, as fighting heats up on both sides of the border during the withdrawal of most foreign troops from Afghanistan.


Pakistan school attack over, all six militants dead

A bloody Taliban raid on an army-run school in northwest Pakistan has ended, police said Tuesday, with all six attackers dead.


Ten Bosnian Serb wartime security officials arrested for war crimes

SARAJEVO (Reuters) - Ten Bosnian Serb wartime officials were arrested on Tuesday over the killing of close to 70 Muslim Bosniak civilians and persecution of many more, including women and children, early in the former Yugoslav republic's 1992-95 war.


France tries to rally mistrustful African states against Boko Haram

DAKAR (Reuters) - France will step in to help coordinate a regional taskforce against Nigeria's Islamist group Boko Haram, amid signs of mistrust among West African neighbours, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Tuesday.


Around 180 Syrian soldiers, jihadists reported killed in battle for base

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Around 100 Syrian soldiers and 80 Islamist fighters were killed during a two-day battle in which insurgents captured the Wadi al-Deif military base, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said on Tuesday.


Afghan army halts transport for soldiers after wave of bus bombs

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's army has stopped taking soldiers to and from work in the capital, deeming it too dangerous after a string of bomb attacks on buses carrying soldiers killed more than a dozen of them, an official said on Tuesday.


'Lone wolf' Australian hostage-taker had violent, unsettled past

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The self-styled sheikh behind a siege at a Sydney cafe had been charged as an accessory to murder and with multiple sexual offences. He also harboured deep grievances against the Australian government and had found little kinship in the city's large Muslim community, where he was seen as deeply troubled.


Taliban take hundreds hostage at Pakistani military school, 18 dead

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Taliban gunmen took hundreds of students hostage at a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, and at least 18 people were killed, including 16 pupils, officials said.


British embassy in Cairo re-opens after nine-day hiatus

CAIRO (Reuters) - The British Embassy in Cairo re-opened on Tuesday after suspending public services nine days ago for security reasons, the embassy said in a statement.