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Kyrgyzstan Topples Disliked 'Statue of Liberty'

Kyrgyzstan on Friday dismantled a "Statue of Liberty" in the center of the capital Bishkek, mocked for its apparent resemblance to a widely disliked former First Lady.

Workers in the early hours took down the towering statue, which depicted a female angel sitting on top of a globe and holding aloft the roof of a traditional yurt.

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Report: Royal Palace among Norway Suspect's Other Targets

The royal palace and the headquarters of the governing Labor Party were on self-confessed Norwegian killer Anders Behring Breivik's list of targets, the tabloid Verdens Gang (VG) reported Saturday.

"During his interrogation, he said that he had planned to attack other targets, but on July 22 it was only the seat of government in Oslo and Utoeya," the island where young Labor Party supporters were holding their summer camp, prosecutor Paal-Fredrick Hjort Kraby was quoted as telling the paper.

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Spain Set for Early General Elections in November

Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero Friday called general elections for November 20, four months early, insisting the country's battered economy was on the road to recovery.

"The course is set. So I am announcing a timetable for elections, which will be held on November 20," Zapatero told a news conference.

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French Chef Brings 'Gastronomic Culture' to Kremlin

The French chef who cooks for President Dmitry Medvedev in the Kremlin said Friday that he "does not have the right to make a mistake," but stayed tight-lipped on the Russian leader's favorite dish.

"It's a lot of stress and a huge personal commitment. You have to be available 24 hours and constantly keep an eye on things," Jerome Rigaud told Agence France Presse as the chefs who cook for world leaders held a regular summit in Moscow.

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Dazzled Cops Arrest Clark Gable in Hollywood

Clark Gable, a grandson of the late movie legend, was arrested in Hollywood on Friday for allegedly pointing a laser device at a police helicopter.

The 22-year-old was detained with a friend after a patrolling police pilot reported a "bright green laser light" had illuminated his cockpit over Sunset Boulevard.

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11 People, Including Top Officers, Killed in Clashes with al-Qaida in Yemen

Eleven people including top officers have been killed in fierce clashes between Yemen's army and suspected al-Qaida militants in the country's restive south, military and local officials said on Saturday.

"Al-Qaida elements stationed in Dofas (Abyan province) attacked army units there using machine guns on Friday, killing two officers and four soldiers, and wounding nine others," a military official in the village told Agence France Presse.

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Turkey's Military Police Leader New Chief-of-staff

Turkey's military police chief was named acting chief-of-staff late Friday, after the country's top military command resigned in a row with the government, the prime minister's office said.

"The president has approved the assignment of military police chief General Necdet Ozel as the land forces commander. General Ozel is deployed as acting chief-of-staff," it said in a statement.

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Amnesty Urges Iran to Free 2 Young U.S. Hikers

Amnesty on Friday renewed calls for Iran to release two young U.S. hikers held on spying charges since July 2009, two days ahead of a fresh hearing in their case.

"Iranian authorities have held these men for two years, subjecting them to legal proceedings that fall far short of international fair trial standards," the London-based organization said.

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Libya Rebels Probe General's Murder as NATO Hits ‘Terror Broadcasts’

Libyan rebels were on Saturday probing the death of their army chief General Abdel Fatah Yunis, a murder the Gadhafi regime blamed on al-Qaida, as NATO warplanes targeted the strongman's "terror broadcasts."

"The NTC has appointed an investigative committee and we will publish all the facts of this investigation," said Ali Tarhuni, who handles economic affairs for the rebel National Transitional Council.

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Blackout Freezes Sydney Airport

The travel plans of thousands of Australians were disrupted Saturday by a power outage at Sydney's international airport.

Australia's busiest air terminal was blacked out for an hour and a half, crippling security screening and check-in and delaying "thousands" of passengers, a Sydney Airport spokesman said.

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