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Italy deadlock after protest vote

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 05:22:43 GMT

Italy's centre-left narrowly wins the vote for the lower house of parliament but ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi's party says the election is "too close to call".

Syria opposition U-turn on talks

Mon, 25 Feb 2013 23:44:58 GMT

The Syrian opposition reverses its decision to boycott international talks in Rome, after the US and the UK promise to increase their support.

Maize 'was key in Andean society'

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 03:57:34 GMT

New evidence strengthens the argument that maize played an important role in ancient Peruvian civilisation 5,000 years ago, a study suggests.

Secrecy bid for Litvinenko inquest

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 04:07:08 GMT

The UK government is to ask a coroner to keep some information secret at the inquest into the 2006 death of Russian ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko.

Burma's Thein Sein heads to Europe

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 02:42:00 GMT

Burma's President Thein Sein embarks on his first European tour, where he is expected to engage in high-level talks.