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Middle East

Israel responds to Palestinian unity deal by suspending peace talks

ImageIsrael has announced that it is suspending peace talks with the Palestinians after a deal between Fatah and Hamas. The rival factions hope to form a unity Palestinian government in the coming weeks.

Elections

Afghan election set for run off with most votes counted

ImageFormer Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah has retained a strong lead in the country's presidential polls, taking more than 80 percent of votes counted. However, a run-off between the top two still looks likely.

Syria

Dozens of people reported killed in airstrike on rebel-held Syrian town

ImageDozens of people are reported to have been killed in airstrikes in northern Syria. The town in the north of the country is in rebel hands.

Disasters

Thousands mourn collapse victims of Rana Plaza garment factory one year on

Thousands of people have gathered at the site of the Rana Plaza factory complex outside the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka. The demonstrations come one year after the building collapsed, killing more than one thousand people.

Software

Tech firms to donate millions to ease Heartbleed vulnerability

The world's biggest technology companies have agreed to lend financial support to a group meant to assist open-source software projects. Donations will also come in handy in the fight against the Heartbleed bug.

Economy

German business confidence defies tensions over Ukraine

The business climate in Germany has rebounded after a drop in March caused by the Ukraine crisis. The rise in April has surprised analysts who expected another hit amid ongoing talk of sanctions against Russia.

Auto Industry

GM profits tumble after massive recall costs

The world's second-largest carmaker, General Motors of the US, has reported a drastic plunge in first-quarter earnings. The company said the sobering result was mainly due to high recall costs and restructuring.

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Birthdays

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Days to remember

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