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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 Attack follows news of Afghan talks Four US soldiers have been killed at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan, hours after the US announced direct talks with the Taliban. Details Obama to speak at Brandenburg Gate US President Barack Obama arrives in Berlin at the start of a visit during which he will address crowds at the city's famous Brandenburg Gate. Details Brazil clashes after Rousseff praise Riot police and demonstrators clash in new protests in Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo, after President Rousseff praises the protests' aims. 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 Saturn probe to acquire Earth image The Cassini probe in orbit around Saturn is going to picture the ringed planet in a special photo that also includes a distant Earth. Details Chile to extradite Argentine judge The Chilean Supreme Court approves the extradition of former Argentine judge Otilio Romano, accused of human rights abuses under the military government. 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 Doctors plea for Guantanamo care An open letter published in the Lancet medical journal calls for hunger-striking Guantanamo Bay detainees to receive independent medical care. 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 US House passes abortion-limits bill The Republican-controlled US House of Representatives passes a bill to restrict abortions to the first 20 weeks after conception. 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 Applause is a 'social contagion' The quality of a performance does not drive the amount of applause an audience gives, a study suggests. Details