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Kurds dare to hope as PKK fighters' ceasefire with Turkey takes hold

In a region that has been on the frontline of conflict for decades, the long years of intimidation, violence, and humiliations in south-east Turkey …

Ten hidden gems of Europe

There’s no place like Paris, Barcelona or Rome - but Europe has untouched corners that match the big hitters on beauty and charm, and with far fewer tourists. Take the road less travelled with these ten hidden gems of Europe.<p>1. Burg Satzvey, Germany<p>Whisper it: this fairytale castle is a short ride …

European Travel

K³ House by Juri Troy Architects

Juri Troy Architects designed a renovation of a house in Lake Constance, Austria.<p>From the architects<p>The idea of the project was to rebuild a single …

Bipartisan Elites: Yes, the Bush Administration Totally Tortured

Centrist, establishment types detail brutal, illegal interrogation tactics in a new reckoning.<p>Reuters<p>A dozen years after 9/11, many movement conservatives still want to have it both ways. They want to insist that the Bush Administration was correct to strap prisoners down, prevent them from …

Palestinians mark Prisoners Day

Rallies have been planned in Ramallah and Gaza to mark Palestinian Prisoners' Day in honour of the thousands of Palestinians who are being detained in Israeli jails.<p>Al Jazeera's Nisreen El-Shamayleh, reporting from Ramallah, said activists and families of prisoners gathered on Wednesday, calling on …

Deadly blast hits Pakistan election rally

An explosion in Pakistan has killed at least 16 people and wounded dozens more at an election campaign rally being attended by a senior politician, officials say.<p>Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, a senior leader of the secular Awami National Party (ANP), escaped the blast with only minor bruises on Tuesday in …

US drone destroys 'Taliban base' in Pakistan

A US drone has fired two missiles into a Taliban training camp in Pakistan, destroying the compound and killing at least five people, local officials have said.<p>Wednesday's strike took place in the Baber Ghar area of the South Waziristan tribal district on the Afghan border, a stronghold of …

Rockets 'hit Israeli resort city of Eilat'

Two rockets fired from Egypt's Sinai peninsula has struck Israel's Red Sea resort of Eilat, causing no casualties or damage, the Israeli military has said.<p>An Israeli military spokeswoman said on Wednesday that two rockets were launched from the Sinai and that both hit open areas.<p>Local television …

Syrian guns fall silent to allow Aleppo's dead to be collected

AMMAN (Reuters) - Guns fell silent in one of the main battle zones of Syria’s biggest city, Aleppo, on Tuesday to let aid workers collect 31 bodies that had been rotting amid the rubble of the front line - the first truce in months of warfare in the city.<p>A member of the Free Syrian army stands on a …