World News Briefs -- May 8, 2013

Syrian Rebels React Coolly To Russian-US Proposal For Peace Conference -- The Guardian

Former opposition coalition leader warns Syrians: 'Be careful of squandering your revolution in conference halls'

Syrian opposition leaders have reacted sceptically to a joint call by the US and Russia for an international conference to discuss the creation of a transitional government in Damascus to end the country's escalating 25-month crisis.

Moaz al-Khatib, who resigned last month as head of the National Opposition Coalition (NOC), the main western- and Arab-backed grouping, warned: "Syrians: be careful of squandering your revolution in international conference halls."

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Britain lays out plan for arming Syrian rebels.

Syria goes dark again in widespread Internet blackout.

Deadly attacks strike northern Iraq. Suicide bombers target Kurds in Iraq's disputed areas.

Three military pilots killed in Yemen ambush: officials.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's heir blocked by clerics.

Israeli police detain top Jerusalem Muslim cleric for six hours.

Saudi Arabia has 13 cases of SARS-like coronavirus -WHO.


Bangladesh factory death toll passes 800. Bangladesh shuts 18 garment factories after building collapse.

Japan will not revise apologies for past military conduct in Asia, officials say. Japan pulls back on denials of WWII sex slavery.

China should 'reconsider' who owns Okinawa: Academics.

As Pakistan votes, the military watches sternly from its barracks.

Doctors order Imran Khan out of election campaign after fracturing spine.

India's ruling Congress party boosted by decisive state election win.

China trade growth accelerates beating forecasts.

Dennis Rodman to Kim Jong Un: "Do me a solid" and free detained American.


Weapons of war spill blood in Nigeria's insurgency.

Pakistani peacekeeper killed in eastern Congo: U.N..

South Sudan rebels overrun town; military denies claim that many soldiers were killed.

Algerian army kills seven militants in al Qaeda stronghold.

Egypt court refuses 'Camel Battle' appeal.

Libya destroys bulk mustard agent stocks.


Vladimir Putin's former 'cardinal' forced out of government. Architect of Putin's political system resigns.

Analysis: Putin can't blame global ills for Russia's economic crunch.

Spain's Rajoy balks at making deeper reforms.

Southern European workers fuel German immigration surge.

Belgium says 31 detained in $50m diamond heist.

3 dead, several missing in Italy shipping accident.


GOP Benghazi probe stokes political controversy.

Police find chains but no human remains at Cleveland kidnap house.

US gun homicides at 20-year low, surveys say.

Aristide goes before Haitian judge to give evidence in murder case.

Argentine leader's polling plunges as peso drops.

Canadian minister takes fight for oil sands crude to Europe.


Danish jihadist killed while fighting for Muhajireen Brigade in Syria.

New jihadi magazine appeals for help against drones.

Terrorist haven in Libya.


Freddie Mac posts second-biggest profit in its history.

EU China solar panel trade war looms.

Brazil's Azevedo wins race to head WTO.

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