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The World Today: A glimpse in the Headlines

Sudan, South Sudan leaders in deal over Abyei anr borders in Juba.

Mozambique ex-rebels Renamo attack after ending deal.

Final campaigns before Madagascar goes to the poll.

British Foreign Secretary says Assad not in Syria future plans.

Libyan terror suspext in court in New York.

France angry about US spying.

Uruguay to start selling marijuana next year.

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson launches his autobiography

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