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Red Cross to shut offices in Baghdad, Basra
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said today it had decided to shut its offices in Baghdad and the southern city of Basra because of concerns over staff safety. ...  | Read.. 
 
Suu Kyi not free till aides get liberty
Myanmar’s generals have freed democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest, but she is refusing to accept liberty until 35 colleagues are released from detention, UN env ...  | Read.. 
 
Gulf westerners on high alert
The US shut its diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia today and its close ally Britain declared there was a high threat of terrorist attacks in neighbouring Bahrain and Qatar. ...  | Read.. 
 
Chandrika offer spurned
Supporters of Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister today rejected an appeal by his long-time rival, the country's president, to form a coalition government, saying her recent grab ...  | Read.. 
 
Susan Sarandon during a press conference at a film festival in Seville, Spain. (AFP)
Palace in bid to defuse scandal
Britain’s Prince Charles wrapped up a foreign trip today while the palace worked behind the scenes ..  | Read.. 
Suave Putin gets vulgar
President Vladimir Putin has a reputation for foul-mouthed asides, but Italian journalists sitt..  | Read..