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-- TOP STORIES --
+ Israeli air strikes hit sites near Damascus
+ Protests in Bangladesh leave 10 dead
+ Ruling coalition keeps power in Malaysia
Israeli raids hit three military sites outside Damascus, the second such reported attack in 48 hours, prompting Syria's government to warn the strikes have made the regional situation "more dangerous."
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Hundreds of thousands of hardline Islamists demanding a new blasphemy law block highways and fight running battles with police, leaving at least 10 people dead and hundreds injured in the Bangladeshi capital.
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Malaysia's ruling coalition retains its 56-year hold on power in hard-fought elections, but a bitter opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim says the victory was tainted and refuses to concede.
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The Bangladesh building that collapsed last month killing more than 570 people was designed to be used for a shopping mall and commercial offices such as banks, not for factories, the architect tells AFP.
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-- MIDEAST --
Libya's General National Congress, under pressure from militiamen, votes through a controversial law to exclude former regime officials from government posts, a move that could see the premier removed from office.
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-- AMERICAS --
All evacuation orders are lifted as firefighters battling a massive wildfire near Los Angeles contained 60 percent of the blaze, the Ventura County Fire Department said.
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-- EUROPE --
About a thousand Muscovites rally in memory of a bloody protest a year ago in which more than 400 were detained after showing their frustration with Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency.
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Tens of thousands of protesters take to the streets of Paris to mark Socialist President Francois Hollande's first year in office by accusing him of turning his back on the left.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition partners kicked off their campaign to stay in government at the weekend, brandishing the French economy as a warning against German opposition policies.
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-- AFRICA --
Tension and anger grip the Abyei region disputed by Sudan and South Sudan after the killing of a tribal chief and at least one peacekeeper as the United Nations boosts security there.
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Around 11 people are killed in Somalia's capital when a suicide attacker from the Al-Qaeda linked Shebab insurgents rammed a car laden with explosives into a government convoy carrying officials from Qatar.
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At least 30 people are injured, including three seriously, in a suspected bomb attack at a packed new Catholic church in the northern Tanzanian city of Arusha.
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