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N'Korea's parliament meets amid nuclear tension

North Korean leader Kim Jong UnAfter weeks of warlike rhetoric, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gathered legislators yesterday for an annual spring parliamentary session that followed a ruling party declaration that nuclear bomb building and a stronger economy were the nation's top priorities.

Plane on fire after running off Moscow runway

A passenger airliner ran off the runway at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport yesterday, breaking apart and catching fire.

UN envoy says Syrian collapse threatens region

• Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, welcomes U.N. envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi during their meeting in Moscow, RussiaTHE United Nations envoy for Syria warned yesterday that the country's civil war could plunge the entire region in chaos by sending an unbearable stream of refugees into neighboring countries, but his talks in Moscow brought no sign of progress toward settling the crisis.

France says won't defend Central African Republic government against rebels

Residents of Central African Republic participate in a protest near the French Embassy in the capital Bangui...on Wednesday. PHOTO:REUTERS.
France's military will not defend Central African Republic's government against advancing rebels, French President Francois Hollande said yesterday, and regional African leaders tried to broker a ceasefire deal.

Russian parliament endorses anti-U.S. adoption bill

The upper chamber of Russia's parliament yesterday unanimously voted in favour of a measure banning Americans from adopting Russian children. It now goes to President Vladimir Putin to sign or turn it down.

Hollande: Abductors of Frenchmen have Al-Qaeda links

President Francois HollandeGunmen who abducted a Frenchman in Katsina probably have links to Al Qaeda’s North African group or to Islamist groups in northern Mali, French President, Francois Hollande said yesterday.