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Iraq PM Sets Off for U.S. ahead of Pullout

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki headed to Washington on Sunday, for the first time as the leader of a country virtually empty of foreign troops as the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq nears its final days.

Maliki is to hold wide-ranging talks with U.S. President Barack Obama during his two-day visit, which comes less than a month before the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and more than eight years after the launch of the U.S.-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein.

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Gaza Father, Daughter Hurt in Israeli Raid

A Palestinian father and his daughter were wounded as their home was hit in an Israeli air raid on Gaza City early on Sunday, medics said.

They said the two were wounded in the Zeitun area of Gaza City when a missile struck, apparently targeting a neighboring building.

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London Police Arrest 143 at DR Congo Vote Protest

Police in London said they arrested 143 people on Saturday during an angry demonstration by up to 500 people against the re-election of President Joseph Kabila in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Protesters broke away from a designated demonstration area to block a major road near Prime Minister David Cameron's Downing Street office before attacking cars and shops and threatening members of the public, police said.

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Tunisian Assembly Adopts Provisional Constitution

Tunisia's constituent assembly on Saturday adopted a provisional constitution that will allow the north African country to name a government, a month and a half after its first post-revolution election.

The 217-member assembly approved each of the 26 clauses of the document individually to get state institutions back on the move before voting on the entire basic law.

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Peru PM Replaced in Cabinet Shake-up

Peruvian President Ollanta Humala on Saturday replaced his prime minister with his interior minister -- a former army officer like himself who played a key role in quelling a recent spate of social unrest.

Local media had predicted for several weeks that a cabinet reshuffle was likely, as Humala -- the country's first leftist president in almost four decades, who took office in July -- looks to consolidate his power.

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Major 6.5 Quake Hits Southern Mexico, 2 Dead

A major 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Saturday with officials reporting two deaths, as the quake was strongly felt in the capital Mexico City and southern Guerrero state.

The temblor occurred at 7:47 pm (0147 GMT Sunday) about 166 kilometers (103 miles) southwest of Mexico City, at a depth of about 65 kilometers, according to US Geological Survey.

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Report: Turkey's Gul Spurns Vienna Lunch with Barak

Turkish President Abdullah Gul went sightseeing in Vienna rather than take part in a lunch in the Austrian capital also attended by Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, a report said Saturday.

Both men, in town for the two-day World Policy Conference, were on Austrian President Heinz Fischer's lunch guest list on Friday.

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Israeli Ambassador to Take up Cairo Post Monday

Israel's new ambassador to Egypt, Yaakov Amitai, is to take up his post in Cairo on Monday, three months after an attack on the mission, a foreign ministry source said.

The source, declining to be named, said Amitai, replacing Yitzhak Levanon who has completed his term as ambassador to Egypt, would present his credentials at a later date.

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Two Hurt in Gunfight near Libyan Capital Airport

A gunfight erupted near Tripoli international airport in which two people were wounded on Saturday, a Libyan army official and a former rebel told Agence France Presse.

Army official Samy Kamuka said the firefight erupted when a group of former rebels of the Zintan brigade clashed with former rebels from Tripoli.

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Palestinians Slam Gingrich over 'Invented' People

The Palestinian premier on Saturday slammed U.S. presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich for belittling the Palestinians as an "invented" people and demanded an apology.

Gingrich, leading in some national polls for the Republican Party nomination, made the comments in a Friday interview to be aired with the Jewish Channel satellite television.

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