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Leftist New People's Army rebels capture a village official and tribal chieftain during an attack on a militia outpost in Davao City, southern Philippines.

Nazario Moreno Gonzalez, the leader of the La Familia Michoacana drug cartel, is killed in a shootout with police in Michoacan, Mexico.

Suspected drug lord Nazario Moreno was gunned down late on Thursday by security forces amid an ongoing crackdown in western Mexico, Mexican national security spokesman Alejandro Poire said on Friday.

At least two car bombs explode in Stockholm, Sweden, killing at least one person and injuring two more.

Inflation in China reaches a 28-month high, at 5.1%.

Bolivia lowers its retirement age from 65 to 58 as other countries raise their retirement ages.

Bucking a global trend which pushes workers to work longer and older, Bolivians can now retire at age 58, down from 65.

A house fire in Uttar Pradesh, northern India, kills five children.

Aligarh (Uttar Padesh), Dec 11 (IANS) Five children of a rickshaw-puller, all aged between 12 and 14, were burnt to death here when a fire broke out in...

Due to recent floods in Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez announces the erection in his garden of a Bedouin tent given as a gift by Muammar al-Gaddafi from which he is to live and govern to make room for more homeless families in his presidential palace at Miraflores. 25 families made homeless by the disaster had already sought shelter there and Chavez has been personally supervising the provision of relief in the country.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is moving into a tent given by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi so flood victims can take refuge in his office.

Eight fatal cases of A-H1N1 swine flu and two from seasonal flu are confirmed within six weeks in the United Kingdom.

Delegates at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, agree to a compromise on slowing climate change, though overall failing to reach a "deal that many activists and governments want."

Delegates from 190 nations reach a deal to curb climate change, including a fund to help developing countries, at UN talks in Cancun.

U.S. attorney-general Eric Holder tells a Muslim community group near San Francisco that FBI sting operations are "an essential law enforcement tool".

U.S. envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke is hospitalised in a critically ill state in Washington, D.C., after gasping at a meeting with Hillary Clinton.

Richard Holbrooke, the US envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, has been taken critically ill with a torn aorta, the US state department says.

Newly released cables show the Vatican's refusal to co-operate with the Murphy Report child sexual abuse inquiry in Ireland which "offended many" of them when they were summoned to Ireland from Rome.

Requests for information from the Murphy Commission “offended many in the Vatican” who felt that the Irish government had “failed…

Hundreds of Spartak Moscow fans and Russian nationalists clash with riot police in central Moscow over the death of a football fan earlier this week.

A number of people are injured in central Moscow as football fans protesting over the killing of a fellow supporter clash with police.

WikiLeaks spokesperson Julian Assange is moved to the segregation unit of London's Wandsworth Prison "for his own safety, presumably", says his lawyer.

Police moved WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange to the segregation unit of a London jail for his safety, his lawyer said on Friday as new cables showed the US suspects Burma has a secret nuclear program.

Mark Madoff, the 46-year-old son of convicted American fraudster Bernard Madoff is located hanging dead at an apartment in the New York City borough of Manhattan.

Mark Madoff, elder son of jailed financier Bernard Madoff, found dead in an apparent suicide.

Thousands of people in eastern Russia protest against proposed changes to the country's time zones.

Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo is to seek talks with rival presidential candidate Alassane Ouattara to end the crisis in the country. The head of the Economic Community of West African States James Victor Gbeho rejects the idea of power-sharing talks.

President dismisses fears of civil war resumption following a poll he is widely thought to have lost to his rival.

The ruling Sudan People's Liberation Army-Movement in Southern Sudan formally confirms that it will support secession from Sudan in a January 2011 independence referendum.

Political parties in Kosovo cease campaigning ahead of the first parliamentary elections since independence from Serbia was declared in 2008.

Scottish Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson resigns following severe criticism of his handling of the travel chaos caused in Scotland by recent extreme winter weather conditions.