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New Syria 'mass killing' reported ahead of UN meeting

Activists have released a video which they say shows another mass killing of civilians by a pro-government militia in Syria - the third in a week.

(THE TELEGRAPH) DAMASCUS - The victims, all of them factory workers, were taken off a bus in the western village of Qusair and robbed before being killed. Video footage released by Mr Assad's opponents shows 13 disfigured bodies. Some of the victims appeared to have been shot in the head or stomach at close range.

The latest bloodshed followings the deaths of at least 108 people, 49 of whom were children, in the massacre in Houla last Friday. The opposition blamed both incidents on the "al-Shabiha", a pro-regime militia recruited exclusively from Mr Assad's Alawite sect.

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China v. India: A New Twist In Asia's "Billion Club" Rivalry

The news that China's population has shrunk for the first time in 60 years, comes as India appears to be outperforming its giant neighbor on a number of fronts. But this would be reversal of fortune still has too many variables to predict the demise of one or the rise of the other.

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Street scene in Hyderabad, India

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PARIS — China and India have at least one notable feature in common: the Asian giants are the only two countries in the world with a population above one billion. Yet Beijing announced this week that China has registered its first decline in number of inhabitants after 60 years of continuous expansion. This comes as India’s population continues to grow — on the path to overtake China as the world's most populous country.

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