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News Roundup – 5 January 2014

January 6, 2014

Syrian rebels launch fierce offensive against Al-Qaida fighters. 

US rules out military aid to Iraqi forces in fight against Al-Qaida in Falluja.

Iraq violence: PM urges Fallujah to oust militants. 

South Sudan ex-Vice President backs agreement to end violence. 

Seven die in Cameroon clash between army and CAR gunmen. 

ICC investigators tapped Bemba and his lawyers’ phonecalls. 

and some stories you may have missed over the break….

The worries of a Syrian rebel commander. 

Boko Haram leader vows to continue violence. 

‘They came to kill’: escalating atrocities in the CAR (see here for HRW report).

DRC arrests rebel leader accused of war crimes. 

DRC ‘repulses’ TV, airport and army base attacks. 

Pillay welcomes Supreme Court ruling against amnesty for serious crimes in Nepal. 

Thailand sees over 5,900 killed in over decade long insurgency. 

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