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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 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 Pakistan gas blast kills 17 children At least 17 children have been burned to death after a gas cylinder exploded on their school bus in Pakistan, police say. 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 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 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' gibe Portuguese author and journalist Miguel Sousa Tavares is being investigated for calling President Anibal Cavaco Silva "a clown" in an interview. Details China in first Swiss free-trade deal 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