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Holocaust Memorial Day: genocide victims remembered across world

Victims and survivors of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur have been remembered at ceremonies across the world on Holocaust Memorial Day.

Mali conflict: French and Mali troops begin restoring control in Timbuktu

French and Malian troops have begun restoring government control over Timbuktu, the latest gain in a fast-moving offensive against Islamist fighters allied to al-Qaida who have occupied northern Mali.

Egyptians pack streets for protestors’ funerals

Gunshots rang out in Port Said on Sunday as Egyptians packed the streets for the funerals of 33 protesters killed in the city, part of a wave of violence that has compounded challenges facing the president, Mohamed Morsi.

Medvedev: Assad’s chances of retaining power in Syria are shrinking

The Russian prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, has said Bashar al-Assad‘s chances of retaining power in Syria are getting “smaller and smaller” every day, according to the transcript of an interview with CNN released by Medvedev’s office.

Canadian woman makes history as first gay province leader

Ontario’s Liberals have chosen a former cabinet minister to become the province’s first female premier and first openly gay leader of a Canadian province.

Brazil plans Amazon tree census to assess deforestation

The Brazilian government is to launch a four-year tree census of the Amazon to improve understanding of the impacts of deforestationclimate change and conservation efforts.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed charge uncertain after US appeals court ruling

The Pentagon and prosecutors at Guantánamo Bay are at loggerheads over charges against the accused mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and his alleged accomplices as a new round of hearings begins before a military court on Monday.

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