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Syria army storms rebel-held town Heavy fighting is reported in the besieged Syrian town of Qusair as state forces launch a major offensive to re-capture the rebel stronghold. Details Morsi rules out Sinai hostage talks Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi rules out negotiating with the abductors of seven security personnel seized last week in the Sinai peninsula. Details Yahoo 'to buy Tumblr for $1.1bn' Yahoo's board approves a deal to buy New York-based blogging service Tumblr for $1.1bn (£725m), US media reports say. Details Police killed in fresh Iraq attacks At least three police officers have been killed after gunmen attack their station in northern Iraq, local officials say. Details Canada PM aide quits in expenses row Nigel Wright, chief of staff of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, resigns over his role in a growing expenses scandal. Details Colombia's Farc want 'more time' Colombia's main rebel group, the Farc, denies it is moving too slowly to end five decades of conflict, six months after peace talks began. Details Murdered Pakistan politician buried Hundreds of people attend the funeral of the murdered vice-president of Pakistan's PTI party, Zahra Shahid Hussain, at a mosque in Karachi. Details Boko Haram militants 'in disarray' The Nigerian military says that Boko Haram militants in the north-east of the country are "in disarray" as a result of its offensive against them. Details Tunisia police clash with Islamists Clashes between Tunisian police and hundreds of supporters of the radical Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia leave one person dead and others injured. Details US spy-row diplomat 'leaves Russia' US diplomat Ryan Fogle, accused by Russia accused of being a spy, has now left the country according to Russian television. Details N Korea urged to end missile tests UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urges Pyongyang to end its missile tests as a fourth short-range weapon is launched from North Korea's east coast. Details Disgraced French minister bows out A French government minister who quit over revelations of his undeclared Swiss bank account says he will not stand again for election. Details Lennon guitar sells for $408,000 A guitar played by John Lennon and George Harrison of the Beatles in 1967 fetches $408,000 (£269,000) at auction in New York. Details