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Major powers agree to plan for 'cessation of hostilities' in Syria

MUNICH Major powers agreed on Friday to a cessation of hostilities in Syria set to begin in a week and to provide rapid humanitarian access to besieged Syrian towns, but failed to secure a complete ceasefire or an end to Russian bombing.

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In Myanmar, slum eviction highlights Suu Kyi's military challenge

YANGON Days before democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi led her lawmakers into parliament as Myanmar's government-in-waiting, Ei Than watched bulldozers sent by the military destroy her house in a slum on the outskirts of Yangon. | Video

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Britain says missing Hong Kong bookseller 'involuntarily removed' to China

HONG KONG Britain said on Friday that a missing Hong Kong seller of gossipy books on China's leaders had likely been "involuntarily removed" to China from Hong Kong, constituting a "serious breach" of a longstanding bilateral treaty between the U.K. and China.

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With prize in sight, Brexit camp risks dashing its dream

WITHAM, England Striding through a housing estate in the drizzle to hand out leaflets, 52-year-old builder Kevin Lovett throws up his arms in despair as he rails against the deceit he sees at the heart of the European Union.

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Venezuela top court grants Maduro economic emergency powers, opposition cries foul

CARACAS Venezuela's Supreme Court approved President Nicolas Maduro's "economic emergency" decree on Thursday, setting up a showdown after the Venezuelan Congress rejected the measure last month.

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India's top court calls for improved compensation for rape victims

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India's Supreme Court has directed all the country's states to formulate a uniform policy to provide compensation to victims of rape and other forms of sexual assault, saying such aid was crucial for a survivor's rehabilitation.

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