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Shot US congresswoman Giffords in 'critical condition'

Others | 9 January 2011
A US congresswoman is in critical condition after a gunman shot her in the head and killed six people in an Arizona shooting spree. Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot at close range at a public meeting in a Tucson supermarket... More

Southern Sudan votes on independence

Others | 9 January 2011
Huge numbers of Southern Sudanese have been voting in a landmark referendum on independence from the north. The week-long vote is widely expected to result in Africa's largest country being split in two. Amid scenes of jubilation, south Sudanese leader Salva Kiir said: "This is an historic moment the people of Southern Sudan have been waiting for.".. More

French hostages 'killed by captors' in Niger

Others | 9 January 2011
Two French citizens who died after being kidnapped in Niger were probably killed by their captors, French military officials say. The two men been kidnapped in Niamey, the capital of Niger, on Friday - French troops were attempting to rescue them when they found the bodies. No group has said it was behind the abduction, but al-Qaeda's North African offshoot has seized Westerners before... More

Southern Sudan returnees put a strain on limited resources

Others | 6 January 2011
(CNN) -- An influx of people returning home to vote in Southern Sudan is straining communities suffering from lack of food and water in the remote region, aid groups said Wednesday. Hundreds of thousands have returned to the region since a 2005 peace agreement that ended a civil war between Sudan's north and south... More

US urges action to prevent insider leaks

Others | 6 January 2011
The White House is telling US agencies to create "insider threat" programmes to ferret out disgruntled workers who may leak state secrets, reports say. The move follows the leaking of thousands of secret US cables to the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks. An 11-page memo by US intelligence officials detailing the advice has been published by US broadcaster NBC... More

Son of former shah of Iran commits suicide

Others | 6 January 2011
(CNN) -- Alireza Pahlavi, son of the former shah of Iran, died Tuesday morning at his home in Boston, Massachusetts, a family spokesman said. The spokesman said it was a suicide. Pahlavi, 44, was the son of the former shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, who was overthrown in 1979 and died the following year in exile in Cairo, Egypt... More

Sudan's al-Bashir vows to accept referendum outcome

Others | 5 January 2011
Juba, Sudan (CNN) -- Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir landed at the airport in the southern city of Juba on Tuesday, five days before voters in the region decide whether to break away from the rest of the east African nation. Al-Bashir is there to inspect the referendum process and meet with other senior officials in South Sudan, Sudanese state media reported... More

Punjab Governor Salman Taseer assassinated in Islamabad

Others | 5 January 2011
The influential governor of Pakistan's Punjab province, Salman Taseer, has died after being shot by one of his bodyguards in the capital, Islamabad. Mr Taseer, a senior member of the Pakistan People's Party, was shot when getting into his car at a market... More

Evacuations in Australia proceed as floodwaters rise

Others | 5 January 2011
Sydney (CNN) -- More evacuations were underway in the flood-ravaged Australian state of Queensland on Tuesday as waters continued to rise. Relief teams continued rushing supplies into the eastern city of Rockhampton. In some of the state's more rural areas, farmers said they were scrambling to send tons of crops out before waters damaged them and flooding made their transport impossible... More

African team 'to offer amnesty' to Ivory Coast's Gbagbo

Others | 4 January 2011
A delegation of African leaders is due in Ivory Coast in a new effort to persuade its incumbent president to step down following disputed elections. Leaders from Benin, Cape Verde, Sierra Leone and Kenya are expected to make an amnesty offer to Laurent Gbagbo if he quits, the BBC has learned... More

South Korea stands firm against North's 'adventurism'

Others | 4 January 2011
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak has said the door is open to new dialogue with North Korea. However, the North should abandon its "military adventurism" first, he said. Seoul would respond strongly to any threat against "an inch of our territory", he said, but with sincerity, progress could be made... More

New defection leaves Pakistan with minority government

Others | 4 January 2011
Islamabad (CNN) -- The second-largest party in Pakistan's ruling coalition quit the government Sunday over fuel price increases and other complaints, leaving President Asif Ali Zardari at the head of a minority government... More

Fatality confirmed in Australian flooding; airport to close for weeks

Others | 3 January 2011
(CNN) -- Massive flooding that has swept through Queensland, Australia, and claimed.. More

Iranian woman sentenced to death says she will sue German journalists

Others | 3 January 2011
(CNN) -- A woman convicted of murder and adultery and sentenced to die by stoning said Saturday she would sue the two German journalists who interviewed her son, Iran's government-backed Press TV reported... More

Spain's strict new anti-smoking rules take effect

Others | 3 January 2011
The ban - one of the strictest in Europe - outlaws smoking in all bars and restaurants. Smokers will also be prohibited on television broadcasts, near hospitals or in school playgrounds. The law tightens anti-smoking restrictions introduced in 2006... More

Dilma Rousseff sworn in as Brazil's new president

Others | 2 January 2011
Dilma Rousseff has been sworn in as Brazil's first woman president, succeeding Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the most popular leader in the country's history. Ms Rousseff, 62, who has never held elected office, has pledged to follow the path set by President Lula. He was constitutionally barred from seeking a third consecutive term... More

Australia's Queensland faces 'biblical' flood

Others | 2 January 2011
A senior official has described the flooding in Queensland, Australia, as a disaster of "biblical proportions". State Treasurer Andrew Fraser said the economic impact would be severe, with huge costs compounded by lost income from mining, farming and tourism... More

Pope Benedict XVI to hold religious peace summit

Others | 2 January 2011
Pope Benedict XVI has said he will organise a summit in Assisi with religious heads to discuss how they can promote world peace. In a New Year message, the Pope also condemned inter-religious violence, including attacks against Christians in the Middle East... More

Record flooding hits eastern Australia

Others | 30 December 2010
(CNN) -- Australians struggled to keep dry Tuesday after record flooding made many eastern towns look more like vast lakes than residential communities... More

Gbagbo defiant as African leaders leave Ivory Coast

Others | 30 December 2010
West African leaders have ended their mission to Ivory Coast, having failed to persuade incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo to stand down. They had hoped Mr Gbagbo would agree to cede power to Allasane Ouattara, widely considered to be the true winner of November's elections... More

South Korea calls for new six-party talks with North

Others | 30 December 2010
South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak has called for new six-party talks with North Korea.Mr Lee said there was no choice but to try to dismantle North Korea's nuclear programme through diplomacy... More