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Karzai to boycott talks with Taliban The Afghan government will not take part in peace talks with the Taliban unless the process is "Afghan-led", President Hamid Karzai announces. Details Obama calls for nuclear arsenal cuts US President Barack Obama speaks at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate, where he calls for cuts to be made in US and Russian nuclear arsenals. Details Brazil sends force to quell unrest Brazil is to send a national security force to five major cities to help restore order after massive protests, the justice ministry says. Details Deadly attack on Somalia UN office At least 15 people, including four foreigners, are killed in an assault by militant Islamists on a UN office in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, a minister says. Details N Korea condemns Hitler report North Korea denounces a report that leader Kim Jong-un gave out copies of Adolf Hitler's memoir Mein Kampf to officials on his birthday. Details Toxic substance in Fukushima water High levels of a toxic radioactive isotope, strontium-90, have been found in groundwater at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, its operator says. Details Nigeria motorbike raiders 'kill 48' Gunmen on motorbikes kill 48 people in an attack on a remote village in northern Nigeria's Zamfara state, an official says. Details Refugee numbers 'highest since 1994' The UN says 7.6 million people became refugees in 2012, the highest number since 1994, with the conflict in Syria a major new factor. Details Cyprus leader attacks bailout terms Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades urges eurozone leaders to help his country's biggest bank and sharply criticises the bailout agreed in March. Details Army leads north India flood rescue Military helicopters and the army are leading rescue operations in India's flood-hit northern states, where 138 people are now known to have died. Details Israel starts celebrating Peres 90th Celebrations begin for the 90th birthday of Israel's President Shimon Peres, in the presence of celebrities and world leaders. Details Top US journalist dies in car crash Journalist Michael Hastings, whose reporting ended the career of US General Stanley McChrystal, has died in a crash in Los Angeles aged 33. Details Applause is a 'social contagion' The quality of a performance does not drive the amount of applause an audience gives, a study suggests. Details