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US Taliban move prompts Afghan ire Afghanistan suspends talks on a bilateral security agreement with the US, after Washington's announcement of peace talks with the Taliban. Details Obama 'to call for nuclear cuts' US President Barack Obama is to speak at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate, where he is expected to call for cuts in US and Russian nuclear arsenals. Details Brazil sends force to quell protest Brazil is to send a national security force to five major cities to help restore order after massive protests, the justice ministry says. Details Gun-battle inside Somalia UN office A gun-battle has lasted for more than an hour inside a UN office in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, following a suicide bombing, witnesses say. Details N Korea condemns Hitler report North Korea denounces a report that leader Kim Jong-un gave out copies of Adolf Hitler's memoir Mein Kampf to officials on his birthday. Details Toxic substance in Fukushima water High levels of a toxic radioactive isotope, strontium-90, have been found in groundwater at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, its operator says. Details Refugee numbers 'highest since 1994' The UN says 7.6 million people became refugees in 2012, the highest number since 1994, with the conflict in Syria a major new factor. Details US surveillance 'foiled 50 plots' The head of the US electronic spying agency tells Congress surveillance programmes leaked to media helped thwart 50 attacks since 2001. Details Army leads north India flood rescue Military helicopters lead rescue operations in India's flood-hit northern states, where 130 people are now known to have died. Details Israel starts celebrating Peres 90th Celebrations begin for the 90th birthday of Israel's President Shimon Peres, in the presence of celebrities and world leaders. Details Nigeria militants kill school pupils Suspected Boko Haram militants in Nigeria kill at least nine school children, in what survivors suggest is a response to growing vigilante groups. Details Top US journalist dies in car crash Journalist Michael Hastings, whose reporting ended the career of US General Stanley McChrystal, has died in a crash in Los Angeles aged 33. Details Applause is a 'social contagion' The quality of a performance does not drive the amount of applause an audience gives, a study suggests. Details