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Austria starts withdrawal from Golan Heights

Austria has begun withdrawing some of its 378 UN peacekeepers from the demilitarised zone on the ceasefire line with Syria and the Israel-occupied Golan Heights.<p>Tuesday’s decision comes after opposition rebels briefly seized the Quneitra crossing late last week in an incident that injured two of …

S Korea says talks with North called off

South Korea has said that high-level talks with North Korea scheduled to begin in Seoul on Wednesday have been called off.<p>Kim Hyung-suk, a spokesman for the South's Unification Ministry, told reporters on Tuesday that North Korea had told South Korea that the South's choice for its chief delegate …

UK police scuffle with anti-G8 protesters

Hundreds of riot-police have surrounded a building occupied by anti-G8 protesters in central London, before a summit of world leaders in Britain next week.<p>The squatting activists had taken over the unused office block in Beak Street as a temporary base.<p>London's Metropolitan Police said it had a …

Turkish police force protesters out of square

An uneasy calm has descended over Istanbul's Taksim Square, the focal point of protests in Turkey, after a night of violent clashes that ended with demonstrators being ejected by the police.<p>Riot police used tear gas and water cannon on Tuesday evening, just hours after Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the …

Killing of Syrian youth for 'blasphemy' fuels tension in Aleppo

<i>This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.</i><p>Protesters in the embattled city of Aleppo called for justice in the killing of a 14-year-old boy accused of blasphemy, blaming armed opposition groups for the youth's death.<p>The killers have not been identified, but some in the …