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Obama Hosts Last-Ditch Debt Talks

U.S. President Barack Obama met with congressional leaders Saturday for last-ditch White House talks on forging a deal to raise the nation's debt ceiling, officials said.

The talks with Democrats Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi as well as Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell broke up after about 50 minutes.

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Iranian 'Nuclear Scientist' Shot Dead in Tehran

Iranian nuclear scientist Dariush Rezaei was shot dead on Saturday when unknown assailants riding a motorcycle targeted him in the capital Tehran, local media reported.

"A physics professor and nuclear scientist was assassinated a few hours ago in front of his house in Tehran," Mehr news agency reported at 14:30 GMT.

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Norway Attacks Suspect Far-Right, 'Fundamentalist Christian'

The Norwegian suspect in the double attacks that left at least 92 dead described himself as a fundamentalist Christian, said police, as evidence emerged that he had flirted with the political far-right.

The 32-year-old, previously unknown to police, was arrested Friday after a bomb blast in central Oslo killed seven people and a shooting rampage at a youth camp near the capital left at least 85 dead and scores wounded.

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Four Arrested after Briton Killed in Yemen

Four Yemeni suspects have been arrested in connection with a car-bomb attack in the southern port of Aden that killed a British businessman on Wednesday, security officials said on Saturday.

The four suspects lived in the Moalla neighborhood where the attack took place, the security officials said, without ruling out further arrests.

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Egypt Military Ruler Commits to Democracy

Egypt's military ruler on Saturday stressed the army's commitment to democracy, as protesters kept up pressure on the general over the slow pace of reforms since a revolt ousted Hosni Mubarak.

Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi, the head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and Mubarak's longtime defense minister, pledged to work for a free system through fair elections and a constitution.

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Warring Sudan Opposition Party Rejects Disarmament

Leaders of Sudan's main opposition group, whose men are fighting government troops in South Kordofan, on Saturday rejected calls to disarm and said they would negotiate only via an outside third party.

The northern branch of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement, the ruling party of South Sudan, in a statement also accused the government of seeking to destroy north-south relations just two weeks after formal southern independence.

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Belgium's New Burqa Ban Challenged in Court

A burqa and niqab ban came into force in Belgium on Saturday with the threat of fines and jail time, but the law faced an immediate court challenge from two women who wear the full Islamic veil.

Belgium joined France as the second European Union nation to enforce such a ban.

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Reports: Syrian Women Among Several Arrested in Homs

Syrian security forces on Saturday arrested several civilians, including women, in the flashpoint central city of Homs where gunfire was also heard, activists told Agence France Presse.

"Gunshots were heard in al-Khalidiyeh neighborhood and security forces have been making arrests," Abdel Karim Rihawi, the head of the Syrian League for the Defense of Human Rights, said by telephone.

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Man Arrested Near Norway PM with Knife

Norwegian police arrested a young man carrying a knife Saturday at a hotel where Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg was visiting survivors of a shooting rampage that left 85 dead, broadcaster NRK said.

The suspect said he was a member of the Labor party's youth wing and that he had a knife in his pocket "because he did not feel safe," an NRK reporter said.

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Gunmen Kill 5 in Southwest Pakistan

Two gunmen opened fired on laborers building a mosque in Pakistan's restive southwest on Sunday killing five people, police said.

The shooting took place in Naushki district, 180 kilometers west of Quetta, the capital of oil and gas-rich Baluchistan province, which borders Afghanistan and Iran.

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