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Syria conflict: Government offers prisoner exchange

<b>Syria's foreign minister has said Damascus is ready to offer a prisoner exchange with rebels.</b><p>Speaking in Moscow, Walid Muallem also said he had presented a ceasefire plan for the second city Aleppo to his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov.<p>The moves came as the opposition Syrian National Coalition …

Japan WW2 soldier who refused to surrender Hiroo Onoda dies

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Uganda President Yoweri Museveni blocks anti-gay law

<b>Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has refused to approve a controversial bill to toughen punishments for homosexuals.</b><p>He has written to the parliamentary speaker criticising her for passing it in December without a quorum.<p>Homosexuals were "abnormal" or were so for "mercenary reasons" and could be …

Indonesia condemns Australian navy waters violations

<b>Indonesia has condemned Australian naval incursions into its waters as a "violation of its sovereignty".</b><p>Australia has apologised to Indonesia, saying its navy vessels "inadvertently" made the incursions during operations to stop asylum seekers.<p>Indonesia has asked Australia to suspend these …

Thailand crisis: Blast targets Bangkok protest rally

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Insight: Election, electability and eligibility

The upcoming presidential election has highlighted two terms, namely electability and eligibility.<p>Electability is a statistical notion that refers to …

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan sacks military chiefs

<b>Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has sacked his military high command, his spokesman Reuben Abati has said.</b><p>No reason was given but the dismissals come amid growing concern about the military's failure to end the Islamist-led insurgency in northern Nigeria.<p>Mr Abati said Air Marshal Alex Badeh …

Yoweri Museveni: Uganda troops fighting South Sudan rebels

<b>Ugandan troops are fighting alongside South Sudanese government forces against rebels, President Yoweri Museveni has confirmed.</b><p>He said the combined forces had defeated rebels in a "big battle" north of the capital Juba.<p>Mr Museveni said some Ugandans had been killed but did not give any …

Nigeria gays: 20 lashes for 'homosexual offences'

<b>A Nigerian man has received 20 lashes after an Islamic court in the northern city of Bauchi convicted him of homosexual offences.</b><p>Under Islamic law, courts can punish homosexual acts by stoning to death.<p>But the judge said he took into account that the Muslim man, Mubarak Ibrahim, 20, carried out the …

Rafik Hariri murder trial begins at The Hague

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Syria chemical weapons: Security 'slows transport'

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Bodies of 14 Sunni men found in Iraq orchard

<b>The bodies of 14 Sunni Muslim men have been found in an orchard near Baghdad, say Iraqi authorities.</b><p>The bodies were found with gunshot wounds near the Sunni Arab town of Mishahda, about 30km (20 miles) north of the capital.<p>Among them were several members of one family, said officials. The men were …

'Five hurt' in Israeli Gaza Strip air raids

<b>Five people including four children have been injured in a series of Israeli air raids on the Gaza Strip, Palestinian medics have told the BBC.</b><p>The raids took place on Thursday shortly after militants fired five rockets towards Ashkelon in southern Israel, the military said.<p>An army spokesman said …

Egypt awaits results of constitution referendum

<b>Egyptians are awaiting the results of a referendum on a new constitution, with officials saying it has been overwhelmingly approved.</b><p>The draft constitution replaces one introduced by Mohammed Morsi before the Islamist president was ousted.<p>State media report that 37% of registered voters took part, …

India's Rahul Gandhi to lead Congress poll campaign

<b>India's governing Congress Party has named Rahul Gandhi to lead its general election campaign this year.</b><p>But it stopped short of saying he would be its candidate for prime minister, as many had been expecting.<p>Party president Sonia Gandhi, Rahul's mother, said it was not party tradition to announce …

Thai PM Yingluck probed over 'corrupt rice subsidy scheme'

<b>Thailand's official anti-corruption commission says it is investigating Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in connection with the government's controversial rice subsidy scheme.</b><p>The policy guarantees Thai rice farmers a much higher price than on the global market, but critics say it is too expensive …

Caution urged as Beijing smog levels soar

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#BBCtrending: #Kangkung spinach blog blocked in Malaysia

<b>A BBC Trending article about the lampooning of Malaysia's prime minister on social media was blocked in Malaysia for several hours on Wednesday and Thursday.</b><p>The blog post - which had the headline "Be careful what you say about spinach" - explained how remarks by Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib …

India and Sri Lanka exchange fishermen at sea

<b>India and Sri Lanka have exchanged dozens of fishermen who were jailed for straying across the maritime boundary.</b><p>The handover was done at sea, in a sign of easing tensions between the two neighbouring countries.<p>The Indian navy handed over 52 fishermen to Sri Lanka, while 51 Indians went the other …

Ed Miliband urges bank branch sell-off to tackle 'broken' market

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MPs criticise government over help for UK exporters

<b>Efforts to boost UK exports are being hampered by strict visa controls and a lack of co-operation between government departments, MPs have warned.</b><p>The Public Accounts Committee said the UK looked set to miss Chancellor George Osborne's target to double the value of its exports to £1 trillion by 2020.<p>…

Scottish independence: William Hague joins Scots-EU debate

<b>Foreign Secretary William Hague has said an independent Scottish state may not be able to negotiate the same terms of EU membership as the UK.</b><p>Mr Hague is in Glasgow to unveil the latest UK government paper.<p>He told BBC Scotland, people "should be in no doubt" that if Scotland left the UK it would …

Mexican government says 'vigilantes not the target'

<b>The Mexican government has tried to reassure vigilantes in the western state of Michoacan that they are not the target of its security operation.</b><p>Hundreds of troops have been sent to the area to restore order after groups of vigilantes clashed with members of the Knights Templar drug cartel.<p>Many of …

Bomb explodes in Colombian town as rebel ceasefire ends

<b>At least one person was killed when a bomb went off in the town of Pradera in western Colombia, officials say.</b><p>Dozens of people were injured when a motorcycle packed with explosives detonated outside a police station.<p>The town's mayor said he had been warned that Colombia's largest rebel group, the …

Venezuela: Maduro shakes up top economic team

<b>Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced a shake-up of the team running the country's economy during his annual state of the union address.</b><p>The current public banking minister, Rodolfo Torres, will replace Nelson Merentes as finance minister.<p>Mr Merentes will take over the post of head of …

Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro's sacking put on hold by court

<b>A court in Colombia has temporarily put on hold a controversial decision by the country's inspector general to remove Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro from office.</b><p>Judge Jose Armenta said the sacking should not be enforced until it had been established whether Mr Petro's rights had been violated.<p>Mr Petro …

Colombian Farc rebels present drug regulation plan

<b>Colombia's largest left-wing rebel group, the Farc, has presented its proposals to regulate drug production.</b><p>The Farc presented the plan as part of its peace talks with the government.<p>The guerrilla group, which largely finances itself through drug trafficking, suggested a programme to "regulate the …

David Cameron dismisses Robert Gates' defence cuts warning

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Irish U-turn on EU peat-cutting bans

<b>The Irish government has revealed plans to end a bitter dispute over a European Commission ban on harvesting peat for domestic fuel on protected bog lands.</b><p>Bans on turf-cutting are to be lifted in some areas with new, alternative protected sites created elsewhere, under the draft proposal.<p>Much of …

France 'underestimated' Central African Republic hatred

<b>France underestimated the level of hatred between Christian and Muslim communities in the conflict-riven Central African Republic, its ambassador to the UN has said.</b><p>Gerard Araud told a UN meeting on Wednesday that African Union and French forces were confronting a "nearly impossible" situation.<p>They …