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Egypt accused of using detention to silence opponents

Alexandria (Egypt) (AFP) - In his white prison uniform, Sherif Farag was forced to present his thesis behind bars where he spent months without trial, a procedure Egypt's government is accused of using to silence its opponents.

In Lebanon, jihadist threat breeds fear, but also farce

Beirut (AFP) - As Islamic State fighters have advanced in neighbouring Syria and after the brutal beheading of two of its soldiers, Lebanon has reacted with fear but also dark humour mocking the jihadists.

Berlusconi still haunts Italy's political scene thanks to Renzi

Rome (AFP) - Silvio Berlusconi's political career was declared all but over earlier this year as legal woes and poor voting figures took their toll, but the media magnate continues to haunt Italy's corridors of power thanks to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

EU, Ukraine, Russia to hold gas talks next week

Brussels (AFP) - The European Union will hold fresh talks with Russia and Ukraine next week to settle their ongoing dispute over gas deliveries, an EU official said on Friday.

Car bomb kills five in Iraqi capital

Baghdad (AFP) - A car bomb exploded in the Shiite-majority district of Karrada in central Baghdad on Friday, killing at least five people and wounding 21, security and medical officials said.

Bruised but intact, Cameron survives Scotland scare

London (AFP) - British Prime Minister David Cameron has survived the Scotland independence referendum, but his last-ditch interventions and promises of greater autonomy has his English heartland clamouring to be given more powers too.

New Ukraine peace talks after Obama-Poroshenko meet

Minsk (AFP) - Warring parties in Ukraine meet on Friday to try to find a lasting solution to a brutal conflict that has killed around 3,000 people and stoked Western alarm about Russia's territorial ambitions.

From gangsta rapper to Islamist militant

As war in Syria and Iraq attracts a growing number of Muslim extremists from Europe, intelligence officials in Germany believe a former gangsta rapper has joined the inner circle of Islamists fighting there.

Scotland rejects independence in historic referendum

Edinburgh (AFP) - Scotland rejected independence on Friday in a referendum that left the centuries-old United Kingdom intact but paved the way for a major transfer of powers away from London.

US treasury chief urges more effort to spur faster growth

Cairns (Australia) (AFP) - US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Friday urged greater efforts to spur global growth as the head of the World Bank bemoaned a disappointing year and warned of downside risks ahead.

Options for protection come with flu season

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's time for flu vaccine again and while it's important for the whole family, this year health officials have some different advice for different ages: Certain kids should opt for the ouchless nasal spray. Seniors, expect to get a new kind of pneumonia shot along with that flu jab.

GOP holds Hagan to standard she used in 2008

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Six years ago, little-known North Carolina state legislator Kay Hagan upset Sen. Elizabeth Dole after Hagan and her Democratic allies drilled in voters' minds the idea that Dole was too closely aligned to an unpopular president.

Glossary of extremists in Mideast and Africa

President Barack Obama presses ahead with his campaign to diminish and eventually defeat Islamic State group extremists in Iraq and Syria, but the list of radical Islamic elements the United States and many of its coalition allies are fighting does not stop there. Violent radicals inspired by al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden pepper the map from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic.

China troops withdraw from India border as Xi visit ends

New Delhi (AFP) - Chinese troops have begun pulling back from the disputed border with India, sources said Friday, as President Xi Jinping wrapped up a rare summit in New Delhi overshadowed by the stand-off at the remote frontier.

Congress backs Obama on aid to Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation requested by President Barack Obama authorizing the military to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants in the Middle East is headed for his signature after a sweeping Senate vote.