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Pakistan welcomes Obama drone speech Pakistani officials welcome Barack Obama's speech rethinking US policy on the use of drones, which have killed hundreds of people in Pakistan. Details Syria 'to attend peace conference' Russia says the Syrian government has agreed "in principle" to attend an international peace conference set to be held in Geneva in June. Details Powerful quake off Russia east coast A strong earthquake strikes off the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia's far east, but an initial tsunami warning issued by the authorities is lifted. Details 'Comfort women' snub Japan mayor Two South Korean women forced into sexual slavery in WWII cancel a meeting with Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, citing fears of "political exploitation". Details Embattled Toronto mayor fires aide Toronto Mayor Rob Ford sacks his chief of staff Mark Towhey as he fights claims he has been caught smoking crack cocaine on camera. Details US Boy Scouts to allow gay members The Boy Scouts of America organisation votes to accept openly gay scouts, after a divisive campaign pitting liberals against some religious groups. Details US road bridge falls into river Three people are rescued after part of a US road bridge on the main route between Seattle and Vancouver collapsed into a river in Washington state. Details WHO urges sharing over coronavirus The WHO urges countries with possible cases of novel coronavirus to share information amid concern over patent rights held by commercial labs. Details India soldiers die in Kashmir ambush Three soldiers are killed in an ambush by suspected militants in the Pulwama district of Indian-administered Kashmir, officials say. Details New jewel theft hits Cannes festival A necklace reportedly worth 1.9m euros (£1.6m) is stolen during the Cannes film festival, the second such theft to hit this year's event. Details Giro stage cancelled because of snow Friday's 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia is cancelled because of heavy snow as the race continues to be hit by unseasonal weather. Details Error blacklists Russian 'Facebook' Russia's most popular social network, VKontakte, is temporarily blacklisted by mistake - and some users find it blocked. 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