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U.S. Urges China to Free Tiananmen Protesters

The United States urged China on Sunday to free all those still held 23 years after the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations and to stop harassing protesters and their relatives.

State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner said the United States remembered the "violent suppression" of Tiananmen and called on China to do more to protect the universal human rights of its citizens.

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Clinton Presses Russia to Back Political Change in Syria

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Russia Sunday to get behind a political transition in Syria, saying President Bashar Assad's departure was not a precondition but should be "an outcome".

Clinton spoke to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov by telephone at the weekend to say that Washington and Moscow needed to work together on a plan that would halt the violence and bring about political change in the country.

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German FM to Visit Syria Neighbors, Including Lebanon

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle will visit Syria's neighbors this week in a bid to help stop the bloody strife threatening regional stability, a spokeswoman said Sunday.

Westerwelle will leave Monday on a tour that will take in Turkey and Lebanon as well as Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, the foreign ministry spokeswoman told Agence France Presse, without giving a detailed itinerary.

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153 Feared Dead as Plane Crashes into Nigeria Building

More than 150 passengers are feared dead after their plane crashed in a densely populated district of Nigeria's economic capital Lagos Sunday, residents and an aviation official said.

Thick smoke was rising from the area, near Lagos airport, and flames could be seen coming from a two-story building.

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Suicide Blast at Church in Northeast Nigeria Kills Nine

A suicide bomber who tried to drive an explosives-packed car into a church in northern Nigeria on Sunday killed at least nine people, including himself, and injured 35, officials said.

The attacker sped his vehicle as he approached a checkpoint near the church in Bauchi State, which had heightened security following previous attacks in the area blamed on Islamist group Boko Haram.

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Egypt Prosecutor Says to Appeal Mubarak Verdicts

Egypt's state prosecutor will appeal verdicts by a court that sentenced Hosni Mubarak and his interior minister to life but acquitted his sons and police commanders, the prosecutor's office said on Sunday.

"The state prosecutor has ordered the start of the appeals procedure," a source in his office said, of Saturday's verdicts which sparked protests in several cities across Egypt.

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Errani, Kerber Reach Last Eight at French Open

Sara Errani of Italy and Angelique Kerber of Germany both reached the French Open quarterfinals for the first time on Sunday with straight sets wins in fourth round action.

Errani, seeded 21, defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-0, 7-5, while 10th seed Kerber ousted Petra Martic of Croatia 6-3, 7-5.

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U.N. Chief Calls for Broad Global Talks on Syrian Crisis

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon called on Sunday for broad international talks on the rising Syrian crisis, urging Security Council members to consider Arab League demands for stronger U.N. action in the strife-torn country.

"Our priority at this time is to help the Syrian people...I want to welcome a wider international discussion on the future course of actions," Ban told reporters after a meeting with Organization of Islamic Conference chief, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, in the Saudi port city of Jeddah.

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Saudi: Assad 'Maneuvering' to Gain Time

Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal accused Syria's President Bashar Assad of "maneuvering" to gain time, at a joint news conference Sunday with U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon.

"Every initiative has been accepted by the Syrian regime and was not implemented. This is a way used by the regime to gain time," Prince Saud told reporters in the Red Sea city of Jeddah.

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Thunder Roll Past Spurs to Level Series

Kevin Durant scored half of his 36 points in the fourth quarter Saturday as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 109-103 to tie the NBA Western Conference Finals at two games apiece.

Defensive stalwart Serge Ibaka contributed some unexpected offence, scoring 26 points on perfect 11-for-11 shooting for the Thunder, who improved to 7-0 at home this post-season.

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