Briefly World: UN human rights chief wants North Korea probed

UN human rights chief wants North Korea probed

GENEVA: In a bid to rebalance the international debate that has largely focussed on North Korea's nuclear weapons program and security, Navi Pillay, the United Nations human rights chief, on Monday called for an international inquiry into human rights offenses committed by North Korea over many decades.

45 killed in Syrian military attacks

Beirut: Attacks by government forces on Damascus' rebellious suburbs killed at least 45 people, including eight children, activists said Monday. Sunday's death toll was part of an intensifying offensive to dislodge rebels from strategic areas.

Gun control specifics to come in days: Obama

washington: President Barack Obama Monday said he's reviewing a list of proposals on how to reduce gun violence and expects to present specifics later this week, even as the country's top gun lobbying group insists Congress doesn't have enough votes to pass a ban on assault weapons.

Shots fired at Greek party headquarters

Athens: Shots were fired early Monday at the headquarters of main Greek ruling party New Democracy in Athens, police said, with one of the bullets penetrating the office of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.

Court denies Berlusconi bid to halt sex trial

MILAN: A Milan court Monday rejected a bid by ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi to halt his sex trial due to Italy's poll campaign, a ruling that means a verdict may come before the Feb. vote.

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