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Russia raises specter of permanent or 'world war' if Syria talks fail

MUNICH Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev raised the specter of a permanent or a world war if powers failed to negotiate an end to the conflict in Syria and warned against any ground operations by U.S. and Arab forces.

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U.N. rights expert accuses Israel of excessive force against Palestinians

GENEVA The U.N. human rights investigator for Gaza and the West Bank called on Israel on Thursday to investigate what he called excessive force used by Israeli security against Palestinians and to prosecute perpetrators.

Israel 11:34am EST

Central Europeans need to do more to help refugees, U.N. agency says

PRAGUE The United Nations agency for refugees called on central European countries to overcome public opposition and give more help to refugees from war-torn regions.

Former Pakistan military leader Musharraf hospitalized with chest pain

ISLAMABAD Pakistan's former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf was taken to a hospital in the port city of Karachi on Thursday after complaining of chest pain and having difficulty breathing, a spokesman for his political party said.

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Cypriot president says peace talks make progress but work needed

ATHENS Peace talks in ethnically split Cyprus have shown progress on several fronts, but disagreements persist and work is still needed before a blueprint might be put to a public vote, the country's president said on Thursday.

United Nations 1:42pm EST

South Africa to procure nuclear energy at affordable scale: Zuma

CAPE TOWN South Africa will procure nuclear energy at an affordable pace and scale, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.

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