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Embattled Gadhafi Heaps Praise on Ailing Mubarak

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi heaped praise on toppled Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, describing him as "poor and modest" and saying he deserved honor rather than humiliation.

"I know Hosni Mubarak, a poor and modest man" who loves his people, Gadhafi said in an audio message broadcast on state television late Saturday to mark the anniversary of the 1952 coup in Egypt led by Gamal Abdel Nasser against the monarchy.

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Hugo Chavez Back in Venezuela after Chemotherapy in Cuba

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned to his country Saturday after undergoing chemotherapy treatment for his cancer in Cuba, local television reported.

The 56-year-old leader underwent an operation in Cuba a month ago for a cancerous tumor in his pelvic area.

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Six Killed in Texas Shooting

A gunman opened fire at a skating rink in the town of Grand Prairie, Texas, Saturday, killing at least five people and injuring four others before committing suicide, police said.

The shooting followed a fight that broke out at a birthday party at the roller skating rink, said a police official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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Freed Estonian Says They Were Kidnapped for Ransom to Fund Political Goals

One of the seven Estonian cyclists who was freed from captivity some ten days ago, Jaan Jagomagi revealed that their kidnappers were Sunni Muslims from Iraq who abducted them for ransom in order to gain money for political purposes, he told Agence France Presse.

He said that the captives talked with their eighth abductors in English, adding that two of them were wearing explosive belts.

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Israel Complains to U.N. over Williams’ ‘Lenient’ Position on Hizbullah

Israel has issued a complaint to the United Nations over U.N. Special Coordinator of Lebanon Michael Williams’ recent report on the implementation of Security Council resolution 1701, reported the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat on Sunday.

It deemed the report as being “lenient” with Hizbullah, while U.N. circles said that Israel was “upset with Williams for a number of reasons, most notably the fact that he failed to mention resolution 1559 at Hizbullah’s request.”

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Clashes as Egypt Protesters Pelted with Rocks, Bottles

Fierce clashes broke out on Saturday in Cairo between protesters angry at the ruling military's handling of the transition from Hosni Mubarak's regime and army loyalists, an Agence France Presse correspondent said.

Around 1,000 protesters had tried to reach the defense ministry, the headquarters of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces-- which took power when Mubarak was ousted-- but were blocked by barbed wire and armored personnel carriers.

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China Double High-Speed Train Crash Kills 32

A Chinese high-speed train derailed Saturday when it was hit by another express, state media said, throwing two carriages off a viaduct and killing at least 32 people.

The derailed train had been crippled by a lightning strike and was stationary when the second one ploughed into it, the reports said. The accident is likely to raise new questions about the safety of a rapid rail expansion.

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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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