• Suicide bomber kills 25 in east Afghanistan
  • Sri Lankans warned not to travel to southern India
  • Clinton seeks Chinese accord on South China Sea
  • President announces Colombia-rebel peace talks
  • Nokia shows off new Windows smartphones

Suicide bomber kills 25 in east Afghanistan
According to Afghan officials, a suicide bomber killed at least 25 civilians and wounded another 30 at a funeral for a village elder in a remote part of eastern Afghanistan. The attack took place in the village of Shagai in the Durbaba district of eastern Nangarhar province.

Sri Lankans warned not to travel to southern India
Sri Lanka’s government warned its people not to visit a southern Indian state until further notice because of increasing intimidation of Sri Lankans there. The warning came after 184 Sri Lankan pilgrims were mobbed in Tamil Nadu.

Clinton seeks Chinese accord on South China Sea
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Beijing on Tuesday to press Chinese authorities to agree to peacefully resolve disputes with their smaller neighbors over competing territorial claims in the South China Sea.

President announces Colombia-rebel peace talks
Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos announced on Tuesday a preliminary accord with Colombia’s main leftist rebel group to launch peace talks to end a stubborn, century-old conflict that has claimed tens of thousands of lives.

Nokia shows off new Windows smartphones
Nokia revealed its first smartphones to run the next version of Windows, a big step for a company that has bet its future on an alliance with Microsoft. The new flagship phone is the Lumia 920, which runs Windows Phone 8.

Powerful earthquake reported in Costa Rica
A powerful, magnitude-7.6 earthquake shook Costa Rica and a wide swath of Central America on Wednesday, collapsing some houses, blocking highways and causing panic, but officials said there was only one reported death, from a heart attack.

UN food agencies urge action to avoid food crisis
The heads of the U.N. World Food Program, Food and Agriculture Organization and International Fund for Agriculture Development urged governments to take quick action to curb rising prices of corn, wheat and soybeans and avoid a repeat of the 2007-2008 food crises.

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