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US to open direct Taliban talks The US is to open direct peace talks with the Taliban after more than 10 years of war in Afghanistan, senior White House officials announce. Details G8 backs urgent Syria peace talks G8 leaders back calls for Syrian peace talks to be held in Geneva "as soon as possible", without mentioning the fate of President Bashar al-Assad. Details Brazil president 'proud' of protests Dilma Rousseff says she is proud so many people are fighting for a better country, in her first public comments since mass protests on Monday. Details Mali signs peace deal with Tuareg Mali's government signs a peace deal with Tuareg rebels to end conflict in the north in the run-up to elections next month. Details Pakistan funeral bomb 'kills 27' At least 27 people, including a lawmaker linked to Imran Khan's PTI, are killed in a suicide bombing at a funeral in north-west Pakistan, officials say. Details Italy school bomber gets life term An Italian court sentences to life in prison a man who carried out a school bomb attack in 2012, which killed a teenage girl and injured nine others. Details Jolie double in US phone hack claim A former stunt double for Angelina Jolie sues News Corp in the US, accusing the company of hacking into her phone to gain information about the star. Details Montreal mayor resigns after arrest Montreal's Mayor Michael Applebaum resigns, a day after his arrest on 14 fraud charges, the latest scandal to hit Canadian local politics. Details Swiss bill on bank secrecy rebuffed The lower house of Switzerland's parliament refuses to discuss a bill that would allow Swiss banks to pass client information to the US tax authorities. Details Chrysler agrees to recall 2.7m Jeeps Chrysler agrees to recall 2.7 million Jeeps that could be at risk of fuel tank fires, after initially refusing a US government request to do so. Details 'Standing man' leads Turkish protest A Turkish protester dubbed the "standing man" leads a vigil on Istanbul's Taksim Square days after the authorities evicted demonstrators. Details Vietnamese crew held in Philippines Eighteen Vietnamese crew members are detained after their cargo ship allegedly hit a coral reef in the central Philippines, the coastguard says. Details Huawei unveils 'slimmest' smartphone Huawei unveils the world's slimmest smartphone saying the handset will work "miracles" for its brand. Details