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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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Philippines considers two-way sea talks with China - if wins case at The Hague

MANILA The Philippines may consider two-way talks with China to resolve a territorial dispute in the South China Sea but only if it wins its case with Beijing at an arbitration tribunal in The Hague, Manila's foreign minister said on Friday.

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Turning over new leaf: Ousted Thai PM picks lettuce for the cameras

BANGKOK Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra opened her home to foreign media on Friday in what analysts said was a bid to boost her family's profile ahead of a possible election next year.

Thailand 6:48am EST

Rwanda to send Burundi refugees to other countries after U.S. warning

KIGALI Rwanda will send Burundian refugees to other countries, the foreign minister said on Friday, after the United States said that they were being recruited from camps to fight on behalf of the Burundian opposition.

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Turkish military says killed 27 Kurdish militants in southeast

ISTANBUL Turkish security forces have killed 27 militants in the mainly Kurdish southeast, the army said on Friday, a day after the interior minister said security operations had finished in the town of Cizre where the conflict has been focused.

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Thousands of Iraqi refugees leave Finland voluntarily

HELSINKI Thousands of Iraqi refugees who arrived in Finland last year have decided to cancel their asylum applications and to return home voluntarily, citing family issues and disappointment with life in the frosty Nordic country.

Iraq 6:44am EST

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