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Over 230 bodies found in mass grave in eastern Syria

More than 230 bodies of people believed to have been killed by Islamic State militants have been found in a mass grave in Syria's eastern Deir al-Zor province, a group monitoring the country's war said.

Dalai Lama says his role should cease after his death

Dalai Lama says his role should cease after his death

The Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, has said he thinks his traditional religious role should cease with his death rather than a "stupid" successor replace him and disgrace himself.

US, Cuba's Cold War thaw

US, Cuba's Cold War thaw

The United States plans to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba more than 50 years after they were severed, a major policy shift after decades of hostile ties with the communist-ruled island, President Barack Obama said.

Anger and grief as Pakistan buries students massacred

Anger and grief as Pakistan buries students massacred

A shocked Pakistan began burying 132 students killed in a grisly attack on their school by Taliban militants that has heaped pressure on the government to do more to tackle the insurgency.

No charges to be laid against Bill Cosby

No charges to be laid against Bill Cosby

Comedian Bill Cosby, who has been the subject of dozens of sex abuse allegations over the past two months, will not be charged in connection with a 1974 sexual molestation claim, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.

Could we have another Bush in the White House?

Could we have another Bush in the White House?

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will "actively explore" a run for the presidency in 2016, making him one of the first major Republicans to formally move toward a possible candidacy.

More than 140 killed in Taliban school assault

More than 140 killed in Taliban school assault

At least 132 students and nine staff members were killed when Taliban gunmen broke into a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and opened fire, witnesses said, in the bloodiest massacre the country has seen for years.

First full overnight truce in Ukraine's rebel east

First full overnight truce in Ukraine's rebel east

Ukraine's separatist east passed the night into Tuesday (local time) without any shooting, President Petro Poroshenko said, hailing the first such stretch of calm as a positive sign for the next steps in a peace plan.

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