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French army begins Mali withdrawal France begins the first major stage of its military withdrawal from Mali, four months after sending troops to push Islamist rebels out the north. Details Pakistan bus fire kills 16 children At least 16 children and a teacher have been 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 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 Seven marines and at least four militants are killed as troops tackle Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippines, the military says. Details Syria opposition ready to negotiate Syria's main opposition coalition says it is willing to attend an peace conference next month only if President Bashar al-Assad agrees to step down. 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 Nigeria Boko Haram camps 'destroyed' The Nigerian army says it has destroyed a number of camps used by militant Islamist group, Boko Haram, in the north-east of the country. Details Toronto's Ford denies 'crack video' Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has denied allegations from a major Canadian newspaper he was caught on camera smoking crack cocaine. Details IMF chief Lagarde made key witness A French court does not place IMF head Christine Lagarde under investigation over a payout made when she was finance minister, making her a key witness instead. 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