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Obama wants to end 'war on terror' but Congress balks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama wants to roll back some of the most controversial aspects of the U.S. "war on terror," but efforts to alter the global fight against Islamist militants will face the usual hurdle at home: staunch opposition from Republicans in Congress.

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Aid groups urge EU to fulfil commitments to Palestinians

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - A group of 80 international aid agencies urged the European Union on Saturday to follow through on pledges it made last year to back Palestinian communities seen as vulnerable to Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank.

Nation

Varsity student talents in the spotlight at festival

PUTRAJAYA: Over 3,000 undergraduates participated in the Ekspresi Mahasiswa (Undergraduate Expres-sion) programme at the Putrajaya Youth Festival 2013.

People

A random life

Having stumbled into a writing career, author Khaled Hosseini writes about how life is ‘often random, and it’s often stupid and it’s often completely unexpected’. It’s a theme that has, once again, touched a chord, propelling his latest book onto bestselling lists worldwide.

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Sudan's army seizes back town from rebels in oil state

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan has seized back a town from rebels who took it a month ago, the government said on Monday as it continued a push against insurgents it says are backed by South Sudan.

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Bashir threatens to close oil pipeline in row with South Sudan

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan will close a pipeline carrying oil exports from South Sudan if Juba continues to support rebels operating on Sudanese soil, President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said Monday.

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U.S. Senator McCain met with rebels in Syria on Monday - spokesman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator John McCain, a former presidential candidate and one of the loudest voices calling for military aid to the Syrian opposition, met with some of the rebels during a surprise visit to the war-torn country on Monday, his spokesman said.

World

U.S. Senator McCain met with rebels in Syria - spokesman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator John McCain, a former presidential candidate and an outspoken advocate for U.S. military aid to the Syrian opposition, met with some of the rebels during a surprise visit to the war-torn country on Monday, his spokesman said.

World

June 15-16 eyed for Geneva conference on Syria -diplomats

GENEVA (Reuters) - A proposed conference to try to end two years of conflict in Syria could take place on the weekend of June 15-16 in Geneva, diplomatic sources said on Tuesday.

World

U.S. launches first drone strike in Pakistan since election

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - A U.S. drone strike killed seven people in Pakistan's North Waziristan region on Wednesday, security officials said, the first such attack since a May 11 general election in which the use of the unmanned aircraft was a major issue.