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French army to begin Mali pullout France is set to begin the first major stage of its military withdrawal from Mali, four months after sending troops to push Islamist rebels out the north. 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 Dancer 'lied' in Berlusconi sex case A dancer alleged to have had paid sex as a minor with Italy's ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi tells a court she lied to investigators in 2010. Details Afghan Taliban attack central Kabul Afghan security forces battle Taliban insurgents for hours in central Kabul, following an explosion that shook the capital. 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 Author investigated for 'clown' gibe Portuguese author and journalist Miguel Sousa Tavares is being investigated for calling President Anibal Cavaco Silva "a clown" in an interview. 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 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 China-Swiss free-trade deal sealed China and Switzerland sign a memorandum of understanding on a free-trade agreement, the first such deal for China with a major Western economy. 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 Vatican punishes Freemason priest A Roman Catholic parish priest at an elite French ski resort is stripped of his functions for refusing to renounce Freemasonry. Details