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Bus Crash in Western Nepal Kills 15

A bus has plunged off a narrow mountain road in western Nepal killing 15 people, police said Sunday, the latest in a string of deadly accidents on the country's highways

The driver lost control in thick fog on a highway on the country's western border with India, 700 kilometers (435 miles) west of Kathmandu.

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Barak: Israel, U.S. 'Determined' to Halt Iran Nuclear Drive

Israel and the United States are determined to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and do not rule out any option to that end, Israel's defense minister said on Sunday.

"Our two countries clearly believe that a nuclear Iran is neither conceivable nor acceptable and we are determined to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons," Defense Minister Ehud Barak told public radio, two days after meeting U.S. President Barack Obama.

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Kuwaitis Held by Iran for 'Spying' Return Home

Two Kuwaiti journalists who were detained in Iran for more than a month on spying charges returned home on Sunday after being freed, the Gulf emirate's media reported.

Adel al-Yahya, a presenter for private satellite television channel al-Adalah, and freelance cameraman Raed al-Majed flew in on a special flight ordered by the Kuwaiti emir, the al-Watan daily reported on its website.

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4 Dead after Oil Platform Sinks in Russia, Rescue Halted

At least four people died and 49 were missing in freezing water after an oil rig in Russia's Far Eastern Okhotsk Sea overturned Sunday in the country's second major water accident since July.

The Kolskoye oil rig platform with 67 on board was 200 kilometers (120 miles) from the shore when the accident occurred at 0145 GMT amid high winds and temperatures of minus 17 degrees Celsius (1.4 Fahrenheit).

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Migrant Boat Sinks Off Indonesia with 250 on Board

A heavily overloaded boat packed with around 250 Afghan and Iranian migrants seeking asylum in Australia sank off Indonesia, with bad weather and high seas hampering rescue efforts Sunday, officials said.

The fiberglass vessel was following a well-worn, and occasionally disastrous, route from the southern coast of Java to the remote Australian territory of Christmas Island when it sank on Saturday, officials said.

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Battle for Philippine Flood Rescuers, More than 650 Dead

Philippine rescuers struggled against mud, fatigue and the stench of death Sunday to help dazed survivors of devastating flash floods that have killed more than 650 people.

Entire villages were washed away when tropical storm Washi whipped the south as people slept in the early hours of Saturday, leaving a trail of flattened homes, broken bridges and upended vehicles in the poverty-stricken country.

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Last U.S. Troops Leave Iraq

The last U.S. soldiers rolled out of Iraq across the border to neighboring Kuwait at daybreak Sunday, whooping, fist bumping and hugging each other in a burst of joy and relief. Their exit marked the end of a bitterly divisive war that raged for nearly nine years and left Iraq shattered, with troubling questions lingering over whether the Arab nation will remain a steadfast U.S. ally.

The mission cost nearly 4,500 American and well more than 100,000 Iraqi lives and $800 billion from the U.S. Treasury. The question of whether it was worth it all is yet unanswered.

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Ruling Party Says Putin Confidant to Head Duma

Russia's ruling party Saturday designated Sergei Naryshkin, a confidant of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and a former KGB official like him, to head the new lower house of parliament.

Putin's United Russia party won legislative elections held on December 4 with 49.3 percent, losing its constitutional majority and sparking public anger culminating in a series of mass protests across the country.

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WikiLeaks Suspect Manning Back in Court

U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning, accused of spilling U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks, was back in court Saturday after a failed defense bid to get the presiding officer dismissed from the case.

Manning, who turned 24 on Saturday, is facing charges which could potentially send him to prison for the rest of his life and the hearing on this sprawling U.S. military base outside Washington is being held to decide whether he should face a court-martial.

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French Flights Delayed as Security Workers Strike

A two-day old strike by French airport security workers that triggered widespread travel disruptions during the busy holiday season is expected to stretch into Sunday.

Security personnel will strike at Paris's Charles De Gaulle airport, at Lyon and possibly at Toulouse airport, said Christine Hamiani, a union spokeswoman.

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