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Afghans reject Taliban talks moves Afghan officials tell the BBC the removal of the flag and nameplate from the Taliban's Qatar office does not go far enough. Details U-turn fails to end Brazil protests Brazilian authorities promise to reverse public transport fare rises that sparked unrest, but nationwide protests continue unabated. Details Singapore smog 'could last for weeks' Singapore's prime minister warns that the haze engulfing the city could last for weeks, as air pollution in the city-state soared to record levels. Details Kenyatta trial moved to November The International Criminal Court (ICC) pushes back the trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to 12 November. Details Syria's ancient sites 'in danger' Six ancient sites in Syria are added to a UN list of endangered World Heritage sites because of the threat from the conflict there. Details Anger at US human trafficking report Russia and China react angrily after the US downgrades them to its lowest category in a report on efforts to fight human trafficking. Details Sopranos actor James Gandolfini dies James Gandolfini, the US actor best known for his role as a therapy-seeking mob boss in The Sopranos, dies at the age of 51. Details Paid-for online news 'makes gains' More people are becoming willing to buy online news, but social media may be eroding brand recognition, a study by Reuters suggests. Details Race to save India flood victims India's army steps up efforts to reach the worst-affected areas in the flood-hit Indian state of Uttarakhand, where nearly 150 people have died. Details Assange asylum bid for NSA leaker Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is trying to broker a deal that would see US surveillance programme leaker Edward Snowden granted asylum in Iceland. Details Silver 'boost to antibiotic success' Adding silver to antibiotics boosts their ability to fight infection, research suggests. Details Olympic champion held in custody row A Moroccan Olympic champion, Khalid Skah, who claims his children were abducted by Norwegian agents, is arrested in France. Details China gives first lecture from space China's second female astronaut, Wang Yaping, delivers the country's first-ever video lecture from the Tiangong-1 space laboratory. Details