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Afghan Taliban attack central Kabul Afghan security forces battle Taliban insurgents for hours in central Kabul, following an explosion that shook the capital. Details Two held after plane alert over UK Two men are held on suspicion of endangerment of an aircraft after RAF jets were scrambled to escort a Pakistan Airlines plane in UK airspace. Details UN hails 'historic' Obama drone vow The lawyer leading the UN's inquiry into drones welcomes President Obama's speech as a "significant step towards increased transparency". Details Extra police heading for Stockholm Reinforcements of specially trained police are being sent to Stockholm after five nights of unprecedented rioting in the capital's suburbs. Details Obama: Sex assaults harm military President Barack Obama tells US Navy graduates they must help end a culture of sexual assault that is tarnishing the image of the military. Details Turkey to restrict alcohol sales The Turkish parliament approves controversial legislation to restrict the sale and advertising of alcohol. Details Syria 'to attend peace conference' Russia says the Syrian government has agreed "in principle" to attend an international peace conference set to be held in Geneva in June. Details Tension over Sri Lanka Jaffna land Tensions escalate in northern Sri Lanka as Tamil people try to prevent the Sinhalese-dominated army from taking over their land. Details Lesbian drama is Cannes favourite An intimate love story between two young women receives rave reviews in Cannes days before the winner of the Palme d'Or is announced. Details Embattled Toronto mayor fires aide Toronto Mayor Rob Ford sacks his chief of staff Mark Towhey as he fights claims he has been caught smoking crack cocaine on camera. Details Spanish princess faces new tax probe A Spanish judge orders a new investigation into the tax affairs of Princess Cristina after an earlier subpoena for questioning in an embezzlement case against her husband was dropped. Details Gibraltar given full Uefa membership Gibraltar is accepted as a full member of Uefa after a vote at the European football confederation's congress. Details Nasa to lease shuttle launch pad Nasa is looking for commercial operators to lease a historic launch pad in Florida used for the first Moon missions and by the space shuttles. Details