BBC News with Nick Kelly
The UN and Arab League envoy on Syria, Kofi Annan, has called on the UN Security Council to set a deadline of 10 April for partial implementation of his peace plan. Our UN correspondent Barbara Plett reports.
The plan is for Syria to withdraw its army units and heavy weapons from populated areas by 10 April. After that, both sides have 48 hours to cease hostilities. The US ambassador Susan Rice said all members of the Security Council expressed full support for Kofi Annan, but some remain sceptical that the Syrian regime was serious about the ceasefire because it has previously failed to keep promises to end the violence. Syria's envoy Bashar al-Jaafari confirmed that Damascus has accepted the April deadline, but he said it was expecting Mr Annan to get the same kind of commitment from the armed opposition.
The West African regional bloc Ecowas has imposed sanctions on Mali following a military coup 10 days ago. Mali's land borders have been closed, and access to the regional central bank cut off. West African leaders meeting in the Senegalese capital Dakar said the sanctions would remain in place until constitutional order was restored. Since the coup, Tuareg rebels and Islamist groups have seized much of northern Mali. However, the coup leader Amadou Haya Sanogo today insisted his administration would do a better job than the previous government in combating the rebels.
"What this army couldn't do in 10 years, I can't do it in 10 days. But I tell you what, I'm here for that, and I said it again, it's my priority. And I will put every effort. I will ask everyone. I will ask for, you know, any single contribution to make this better, and I will. It's my promise."
A gunman has opened fire at a Christian college in the Californian city of Oakland, killing several people. US police said there had been fatalities. Reports spoke of up to five dead. The college, Oikos University, serves the Korean community. Peter Bowes reports.
A man is said to have walked into the university during its morning session and opened fire. Witnesses described the gunman as a heavy-set Korean man in his 40s wearing khaki clothing. In addition to the people killed, several more victims have been taken to hospital with gunshot injuries. The authorities were on the scene quickly. Armed officers surrounded the building and carried out an extensive search for victims. The police say a suspect has been detained.
US federal authorities have raided a medical cannabis cultivation school said to be at the forefront of efforts to legalise the drug in California. Drug enforcement officials and federal marshals served a search warrant on Oaksterdam University in Oakland and were seen removing sacks of undisclosed materials.
An operation has begun in Colombia to collect a group of hostages that the Farc rebel group has promised to release. A Brazilian air force helicopter has set off to pick up the police and military hostages from an undisclosed location in the Colombian jungle. The Farc, Colombia's main left-wing rebel group, has promised to release the last 10 members of the security forces it is holding.
World News from the BBC
The Argentine President Cristina Fernandez has reaffirmed her country's claim to the Falkland Islands during a ceremony to mark the 30th anniversary of the Falklands conflict. Ms Fernandez said it was absurd that Britain should retain what she called a colonial enclave in the South Atlantic. She repeated her demand for talks on sovereignty.
Two controversial studies of the H5N1 bird flu virus could soon be published after a US panel of experts that had initially blocked their release decided that they did not threaten public health or national security. The Studies show how the virus could mutate into a form that might spread amongst humans, and there had been concerns that publishing the reports could help terrorists turn the virus into a biological weapon. One of the studies shows that the virus is not as dangerous as they previously thought.
The French interior ministry says it's decided to expel five radical Islamists, including three imams. The move is apparently part of its response to last month's attacks by an Islamist gunman that killed seven people. Hugh Schofield reports from Paris.
Of the five people, all foreigners named in this new order, two from Algeria and Mali were deported on Monday. A third from Saudi Arabia is believed to be out of the country so won't be allowed to return to France. And expulsion orders against the last two, from Turkey and Tunisia, are now being drawn up. The Interior Minister Claude Gueant said that all five had behaved in ways or said things that suggested a threat to public safety or were likely to incite the violence.
The Italian football federation says a player has confessed to scoring an own goal in Italy's top division to help fix a match. Andrea Masiello was arrested on Monday in connection with suspicions over his performances last season for his former club Bari, who were relegated. The Italian news agency Ansa quotes the player as saying that he put the ball in his own net in a game against Lecce last year for a bribe of about $240,000.
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