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United Nations and Arab League envoy for the crisis in Syria, Kofi Annan (R) speaks with Iranian Minister for Foreign Affairs Ali Akbar Salehi after a recent bilateral meeting on the sideline of a session of the United Nation Human Rights Council in Geneva. AFP

Syria welcomes visit by Kofi Annan

Syria on Monday welcomed the upcoming visit to Damascus of former UN chief Kofi Annan, who has been named special envoy to the strife-torn country for the United Nations and Arab League, state television said.

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China urges US to respect its interests in Asia

China on Tuesday called on the United States to respect its interests in the Asia Pacific, as Washington seeks to boost its influence in the region. China’s territorial disputes with countries including Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and Vietnam have intensified in recent years and its neighbours have accused Beijing of behaving aggressively.


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Qaeda claims dozens of Baghdad attacks

Al-Qaeda’s front group in Iraq claimed dozens of attacks in Baghdad this year, including a suicide bomb at a funeral and the assassination of the head of a women’s prison, in a statement seen on Tuesday. In a post on jihadist forum Honein, the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) listed 43 incidents it was responsible for between January 10 and February 10 in the Iraqi capital.


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