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Baltics Poised for Obama Visit amid High Anxiety over Russia

From Tallinn to Warsaw, Russian moves in Ukraine are sparking grave concern across a region deeply scarred by war and decades of Soviet occupation on the eve of a landmark visit by U.S. President Barack Obama.

"I'm very worried mainly because every time it seems like it can't get any worse, it does," says Helen Sildna, 35, a music festival impresario in Estonia's capital Tallinn where Obama will touch down Wednesday en route to a NATO summit in Wales.

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Kerry to Meet Palestinian Negotiators in Washington on Wednesday

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Palestinian negotiators on Wednesday in Washington to discuss the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and other issues, the State Department said.

Kerry was also expected to speak with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by telephone on Tuesday before meeting Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.

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2 Dead as Jet of Libya's Rogue General Forces Crashes

A plane from the forces of renegade former Libyan general Khalifa Haftar crashed in the city of Tobruk on Tuesday, killing the pilot and a child, a security official said.

"The pilot was killed when his aircraft hit a building during a demonstration flight," the official told Agence France-Presse.

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Cameroon Army 'Kills 40 Boko Haram Fighters'

Cameroon's army claimed on Tuesday to have killed more than 40 Boko Haram fighters who tried to storm a strategic border crossing from Nigeria.

Heavily armed fighters "attempted to cross the bridge at Fotokol" in the extreme north of the country and opened fire on Cameroonian soldiers, the ministry of defense told state radio. 

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Burundi Lawyers Demand Jail for Opposition Chief for 'Genocide' Warning

Lawyers in Burundi called Tuesday for an opposition leader to be jailed for five years for accusing the ruling party of preparing a "genocide."

Leonce Ngendakumana, president of the main coalition opposition party, is accused of making "damaging allegations, false accusations and racist incitement," in a letter he penned in February to U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon.

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Iran Has 'Ideas' on How to Reach Nuclear Deal

Iran has plenty of ideas on how to reach a nuclear deal with world powers before a November 24 deadline, Tehran's lead negotiator said Tuesday during a visit to France.

"We are serious, determined and we have ideas for each and every problem which exists on the table," Abbas Araqchi said in an interview with France24 television.

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Palestinians to Seek U.N. Resolution Setting End Date for Israeli Occupation

The Palestinian leadership intends to seek a U.N. Security Council resolution setting a three year deadline for ending the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, a PLO official said Tuesday.

Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the leadership of the Palestine Liberation Organization, acknowledged at a news conference that the United States would veto such a resolution.

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Syria Holds Pro-Regime Activists over Criticism

Five Syrian pro-government activists have been arrested for criticizing the intelligence services and defense ministry over the loss of key military bases and the deaths of soldiers, an NGO said Tuesday.

Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said they were arrested on Friday "after criticizing the role of the defense ministry and the intelligence services in the loss of key bases in the north, particularly the Tabqa military airport."

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Four U.N. Troops Killed in Mali by Explosive

Four United Nations peacekeepers were killed Tuesday when their truck was blown up in Mali, security sources told Agence France-Presse, casting a shadow over the restart of peace talks between the west African state and rebel militias. 

The incident comes a day after negotiations began between the government and six armed rebel groups in the Algerian capital aimed at clinching a lasting peace agreement in the restive, deeply-divided nation.

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Trial for Two Frenchmen over Israel Hit-and-Run Death

Two Frenchmen allegedly involved in the hit-and-run death of an Israeli woman in Tel Aviv will stand trial in Paris on November 27, judicial sources told Agence France-Presse Tuesday.

Lee Zeitouni, 25, was hit by a speeding car on a city street in September 2011 and left to die when the car failed to stop.

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