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South Sudan frees alleged rebel leaders

South Sudan has released four top leaders accused of rebellion and treason, dropping charges for attempting to overthrow the government in a move aimed at ending a four-month-old civil war.<p>A court order issued on Friday said the men were released "in order to promote peace and reconciliation among …

South Korea finds images of presidential residence on Kim Jong-un's drones

Discovery of photos of Blue House and military installations on crashed North Korean drones prompts alarm in the South<p>Two North Korean drones that crashed in South Korea had taken hundreds of aerial photos of military installations as well as the official residence of President Park Guen-hye, …

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Syria says 175 fighters killed near Damascus

Syrian army troops have killed 175 opposition fighters, many of them linked to al-Qaeda-linked groups, in an ambush described as one of the deadliest attacks by government forces near Damascus, according to state media.<p>An opposition group alleged that Wednesday dawn's ambush was carried out by the …

China plans the world's longest undersea tunnel

China is planning another engineering marvel: a tunnel more than twice the length of the Channel Tunnel underneath Bohai Bay<p>At more than twice the length of the Channel Tunnel, China's latest mega project is not short of ambition.<p>A 76-mile-long tunnel will run between the northern city of Dalian …

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Thai Protest Sites Reclaimed By Riot Police

By Orathai Sriring and Amy Sawitta Lefevre<p>BANGKOK, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Thai riot police reclaimed a main Bangkok thoroughfare on Friday that has been occupied for months by demonstrators seeking to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, and said they would move to seize other protest sites in …

Syria rebels 'free hundreds in prison attack'

A suicide bomber blew himself up at the gates of a Syrian prison and rebels stormed in behind him, freeing hundreds of inmates as part of an offensive aimed at capturing key government symbols in and around the northern city of Aleppo, activists said.<p>Government forces, meanwhile, dropped crude …

US says Russia may have violated nuclear arms control treaty

• Cruise missile tests may have violated Reagan-era agreement • Issue may complicate Obama action on nuclear weapons<p>The US government is reviewing whether Russia has broken a nuclear arms control treaty, and has warned its Nato allies of Russia’s alleged testing of a new cruise missile.<p>State …

Ukraine protests: uneasy deadlock in Kiev as opposition leaders attempt deal

Hostilities between police and protesters are temporarily suspended as Vitaly Klitschko, opposition leader, calls on demonstrators to observe eight-hour truce<p>Hostilities between police and protesters in Kiev have been temporarily suspended while opposition leaders attempt to hammer out a deal with</b> …

Japan To Officially Claim 280 Remote Islands In Latest Territorial Move

Japan's move to survey the islands and claim those with no apparent owners was announced this week and continues a plan first begun five years ago, an official at the country's Oceanic Policy and Territorial Issues secretariat said.<p>"Basically the idea is to register these islands as national …