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Syria town under heavy army shelling Rebel positions in Qusair in western Syria come under heavy shelling as government troops step up their offensive to recapture the strategic town. Details Pakistan bus fire kills 16 children At least 16 children and a teacher are killed in a fire on their school bus in the eastern Pakistan of Gujrat, police say. Details 'Black widow' bombing in Russia A suicide bomber has blown herself up close to an interior ministry building in the southern Russian republic of Dagestan, officials say. Details 'Mafia martyr' Puglisi beatified More than 50,000 people attend the beatification in Sicily of Don Giuseppe Puglisi, a Roman Catholic priest murdered by the mafia in 1993. Details Bridge collapses after US rail crash Two goods trains collide in the US state of Missouri, bringing down a road bridge and leaving seven people injured. Details French army in major Mali pullout France begins a key stage of its military withdrawal from Mali, four months after sending troops to push Islamist rebels out of the north. Details Swedish riots spread beyond capital Cars and buildings are torched for a sixth night in Stockholm despite extra police being deployed, as rioting spreads to at least two other towns. Details Africa marks 'great leap forward' Ethiopia's prime minister opens a ceremony of Africa's 54 leaders celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity. Details Deaths in Philippines militant clash At least seven marines and five militants are killed as troops tackle Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippines, the military says. Details Arizona sheriff 'profiled' Hispanics The office of Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona, improperly targeted Hispanics in patrols for undocumented immigrants, a judge finds. Details Ukraine stages first gay pride march About 100 activists stage Ukraine's first gay pride march in the capital Kiev, describing the event as a "historic" day. Details Mayor 'sorry' for US brothel remarks Osaka's outspoken mayor apologises for saying US troops in Okinawa should visit legal brothels as a way of curbing sexual crimes there. Details Author investigated for 'clown' jibe Portuguese author and journalist Miguel Sousa Tavares is being investigated for calling President Anibal Cavaco Silva "a clown" in an interview. Details