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Anniversary Revives Interest in Rescuing Berlin Wall Traces

Fifty years after its loathed Wall went up, Berlin is gripped by a renewed desire to preserve the few remaining traces of the dark chapter of its division and bring history to life for visitors.

Of the 155-kilometer (96-mile) length of the Wall which made East Berliners prisoners of their own country, there is little more than three kilometers left -- a heritage authorities are now keen to protect.

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Exploding Meteor Wakes Niue with a Start

An exploding meteor was believed to be responsible for a huge bang that reverberated around the Pacific island nation of Niue last week, police said Monday.

Niue police chief Mark Chenery said the loud bang on Wednesday night woke the island's 1,200 residents and he initially thought a boat had exploded in the harbor.

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Children Learn Hacker Ways at DefCon

Nine-year-old Anna focused intently as she screwed a circuit board into place in a first-ever "DefCon Kids village" created to tutor children in the ways of hacking.

Her 10-year-old brother, Jake, was working on a similar task and beginning to suspect that the screws he was using were refusing to cooperate.

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Turkey Issues Arrest Warrants for Seven Senior Officers

A Turkish court issued arrest warrants for seven active generals and admirals pending trial over an alleged plot to overthrow the Islamist-rooted government, Anatolia news agency said Monday.

The suspects included Generals Nusret Tasdeler, the head of the army's educational command and Ismail Hakki Pekin, the intelligence chief of the general staff, NTV news channel said.

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Germany: Assad Risks Losing Legitimacy Over Violent Crackdown

Syrian President Bashar Assad will forfeit legitimacy if his regime continues to carry out acts of violence against demonstrators in his country, the German government warned on Monday.

"If President Assad maintains his refusal to engage in dialogue with the Syrian people and continues to resort to violence, the German government will consider he has forfeited his legitimacy in further overseeing the fate of his country," deputy government spokesman Christoph Steegmans told a regular press conference.

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Syria Forces Kill Mother, Two Children

Syrian security forces shot dead a mother and her two children fleeing an army assault on the eastern city of Deir al-Zour on Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human rights cited residents as saying.

"The woman and her two children were trying to flee the Huweika district for somewhere safer when they were targeted by a security patrol," the rights group quoted residents as saying, adding that the father of the family was wounded.

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15 Injured in Russia Emergency Plane Landing

A Soviet-made plane carrying 36 passengers Monday overshot the runway and lost one wing in an emergency landing in Russia's Far East, injuring 15 people.

The An-24 passenger plane, en route to Far Eastern city of Khabarovsk, had to land in Blagoveschensk after it "deviated from the planned itinerary due to poor visibility and strong gusts of wind," the emergencies ministry said in a statement.

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French Muslim Dies after Self-Immolating inside Mosque

A Muslim man died on Sunday after setting himself on fire inside a mosque in the French city of Toulouse, local officials said, saying the man was psychologically disturbed.

The man, in his fifties, suffered burns over 90 percent of his body and died in hospital, the local prefect's office said.

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Bomb Wounds 10 Pakistani Soldiers

A bomb attack on Monday wounded at least 10 Pakistani soldiers in the Taliban and al-Qaida hotspot of Waziristan on the Afghan border, officials said.

The device was detonated by remote control as a military vehicle passed through the Sararogha village area in the mountains of South Waziristan, which is part of Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal district.

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Afghan Official: U.S. Chopper Shot Down in Taliban Trap

A helicopter which crashed killing 30 U.S. troops in Afghanistan was shot down after the Taliban laid a trap to lure U.S. forces into the area, an Afghan government official said Monday.

"Now it's confirmed that the helicopter was shot down and it was a trap that was set by a Taliban commander," said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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