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Facebook Launches 'Lite' Version: Nepal Among 7 Other Nations
Agencies
PALO ALTO, Jan 27: Facebook is testing out a Lite version of its Android app, which takes a fraction of the system memory of the original, and is designed for low-bandwidth connections.

The app has been launched on the Google Play Store, but is only available to users in Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Zimbabwe for now.
3,000 Child Soldiers Released In South Sudan: UN
Associated Press
KAMPALA, Uganda , Jan 27 : About 3,000 children will be gradually released from an armed group in South Sudan, the United Nations children´s agency said after a group of 280 children were freed on Tuesday.

More phased releases will happen in the coming weeks, said UNICEF, which helped negotiate the freedom of the children, who range in age from 11 to 17.
Gunmen At Libyan Luxury Hotel Take Hostages; 3 Guards Dead
ASSOCIATED PRESS
TRIPOLI, Libya, Jan 27: A Libyan security official says gunmen have stormed a luxury Libyan hotel popular with foreigners and have taken hostages after killing at least three guards.

Essam Al-Naas, a spokesman for a Tripoli security agency, said the standoff is continuing Tuesday at the Corinthia Hotel.
Facebook: Internal Glitch Caused Hour-long Global Outage
ASSOCIATED PRESS
SEOUL, South Korea, Jan 27: Facebook said it suffered a self-inflicted outage lasting an hour on Tuesday that made its site inaccessible to users worldwide.

The glitch reported in Asia, the United States, Australia and the U.K. affected access from PCs and Facebook´s mobile app. The social media giant´s Instagram service was also inaccessible.
Rockets Kill 30 In Ukrainian City As Rebels Launch Offensive
ASSOCIATED PRESS
KIEV, Ukraine, Jan 27: Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools, homes and shops Saturday in Ukraine´s southeastern city of Mariupol, killing at least 30 people, authorities said. The Ukrainian president called the blitz a terrorist attack and NATO and the U.S. demanded that Russia stop supporting the rebels.

Ukrainian officials rushed to defend the strategically important port on the Sea of Azov, beefing up military positions with more equipment and sending in more forces.
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