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Syria: dozens killed in air strike on bakery

Dozens of people have been killed in an air strike on a bakery in Syria‘s central Hama province, activists claim, with some reporting up to 200 dead.

US west coast may be within North Korean missile range, says Seoul

This month’s rocket launch by North Korea shows it has probably developed the technology to fire a warhead more than 6,200 miles, theoretically putting the US west coast in range of its weapons, according to South Korean officials .

Egypt referendum: opposition calls for fraud inquiry

Egypt‘s opposition has called for an investigation into allegations of fraud in the referendum on the country’s contentious draft constitution, after the Muslim Brotherhood claimed 64% of voters had backed the new charter.

India gang-rape protests dispersed by police using teargas and water cannon

Police in India have used baton charges, water cannon and teargas to disperse crowds of demonstrators calling for stronger measures to combat the wave of sexual violence towards women in the country.

Somali pirates release ship and hostages after almost three years

Twenty-two sailors held hostage by Somali pirates with their ship for almost three years have been freed after a two-week siege by maritime police, the government of the breakaway Somali enclave of Puntland has said.

NRA chief breaks post-Newtown silence to call for armed guards at schools

The National Rifle Association, one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the US, has called for armed security guards to be posted in every school in the country and insisted that the only solution to gun violence in the wake of the Newtown massacre was more guns.

Former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford considers senate run

The former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, who left public life two years ago after mysteriously disappearing to visit his then-mistress in Argentina, is poised to re-enter the political arena.

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