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Burundi court cuts journalist prison term over gun attack

* Journalists in Burundi targeted by prosecutors * Reporter convicted after interview with rebel leader * Lawyer says to appeal against new prison term By Patrick Nduwimana GITEGA, Burundi, Jan 8 (Reuters) - A court in Burundi reduced a life sentence handed last year to a reporter accused of complicity in a 2011 gun attack after finding him guilty of a less serious offence, an appeal judge said on Tuesday.

Tunisia frees man held over attack on US consulate in Libya

Tunis, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Tunisia has freed, for lack of evidence, a Tunisian man who had been suspected of involvement in an Islamist militant attack in Libya last year in which the U.S. ambassador was killed, his lawyer said on Tuesday. Ali Harzi was one of two Tunisians named in October by the Daily Beast website as having been detained in Turkey over the violence in which Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, and three other American officials were killed.

Soccer-North Korea's Jong arrives in South for Suwon move

Jan 8 (Reuters) - North Korea striker Jong Tae-se arrived in Seoul on Tuesday to finalise his move to the K-League's Suwon Samsung and said he hoped to play the role of sporting ambassador during his stint in the South. Jong is set to be unveiled as a Suwon player on Thursday after sealing a 300,000 euros ($395,850) switch from German club FC Cologne to the South Korean top flight.

Tennis-Longevity the buzz word for rested Federer

By Patrick Johnston Jan 8 (Reuters) - A disappointing end to 2012 left Roger Federer's critics writing his tennis obituary, but the Swiss is confident he can win more grand slam titles after arriving in Melbourne refreshed and refocused following an extended break. While Federer's main rivals for a fifth Australian Open title, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, have been getting matches under their belt in Australia, the 31-year-old opted for the practice courts and family time to keep his mind and body fresh.

UPDATE 1-Venezuela opposition furious over likely Chavez inauguration delay

* Chavez still recovering from cancer surgery in Cuba * President seen too ill to return for swearing-in * Government says he will take office when health allows By Brian Ellsworth CARACAS, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition has accused the government of violating the constitution by proposing to delay cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez's inauguration Thursday for a new term amid growing uncertainty over the polarized OPEC nation's political future.

REFILE-In India, questions over decision to treat rape victim overseas

(Fixes spelling of Delhi official's name in 27th para) By Sanjeev Miglani NEW DELHI, Jan 8 (Reuters) - The decision to fly the victim of a gang rape that outraged India for treatment in Singapore made little medical sense as the woman was so severely injured that her death was all but inevitable, doctors say.

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UPDATE 2-US: Time not right for Google executive's North Korea trip

* Schmidt a top figure in U.S. technology industry * Purpose of trip unclear, but visit seen as private * Washington, allies trying to intensify U.N. sanctions By Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON, Jan 3 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Thursday the time was not right for Google Inc Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and former diplomat Bill Richardson to visit North Korea, which drew international criticism for a rocket launch last month.

Cricket-Bird strikes to leave Sri Lanka two down at lunch

By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Australian paceman Jackson Bird removed both Sri Lanka openers to reduce the tourists to 80 for two at lunch on the first day of the third and final test on Thursday. Australia skipper Michael Clarke won the toss and put the tourists in to bat against his four-pronged pace attack in a bid to take the early initiative in their quest to wrap up a 3-0 series sweep.
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