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Pakistan Court Indicts Seven over Bhutto Killing

A Pakistani anti-terror court Saturday indicted two police officers and five alleged Taliban militants over the 2007 assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, a prosecutor said.

Nobody has been convicted or jailed for Bhutto's assassination on December 27, 2007, in Rawalpindi, a garrison city near the capital Islamabad, in a gun and suicide attack after she addressed an election rally.

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Muslims Gather on Arafat for Peak Hajj Day

More than two million Muslims began massing Saturday on Saudi Arabia's Mount Arafat and its surrounding plain, marking the peak day of the largest annual pilgrimage.

Swarms of pilgrims who had spent the night in Mina, some 10 kilometers (six miles) northwest of Arafat surged through the roads leading to the mountain after midnight.

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21 N.Koreans Found Adrift Off South

A group of 21 North Koreans including women and children have been found adrift off the South's western coast, military authorities said Saturday.

A five-ton wooden boat with the group on board was spotted by sailors on a South Korean Navy vessel in the Yellow Sea on Sunday, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a press statement. Earlier reports said they were found Tuesday.

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Six Killed as Italian Port City Floods

Six people were killed on Friday when the Italian port city of Genoa was hit by flash floods during heavy rainfall, including one woman who was apparently crushed by cars being swept away by the water.

"There have been six deaths," said the local prefect, Francesco Musolino.

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Colombian Officials Say Top FARC Leader Killed

The top leader of Colombia's main rebel group, the bookish ideologue Alfonso Cano, was killed Friday in a military raid in the country's southwest, authorities said.

The death was a major victory for President Juan Manuel Santos, coming just over a year after the military killed the rebels' field marshal. It was anything but a fatal blow, however, to the nearly half-century-old peasant-based insurgency.

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Syria Blasts U.S. for 'Blatant Interference'

Damascus on Saturday strongly condemned Washington after the U.S. State Department advised Syrians against surrendering following an amnesty for those who give up weapons.

"The American administration disclosed again its blatant interference in Syria's internal affairs, and its policy which supports killing, in addition to its funding of the terrorist groups in Syria," SANA state news agency said citing a foreign ministry official.

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U.N. Rights Council: Momentum Not Lost in Syria

Members of the U.N. Human Rights Council said Friday they seek to "shine a spotlight" on violations in Syria and will press ahead with investigations of the regime whether or not its monitors are allowed into the country.

A U.N. human rights fact-finding mission was barred entry to the violence-plagued state in August, and a subsequent U.N.-backed commission of inquiry has also been refused access, with its members instead traveling to border areas in neighboring countries to monitor abuses from there.

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Suicide Bombers Hit Military HQ in Nigerian City

Several explosions ripped through Nigeria's troubled northeastern and predominantly Muslim city of Maiduguri on Friday, including a suicide bomb attack on military offices, the army said.

Another one of the bombs went off outside the offices of the state intelligence agency, a military spokesman in the city said.

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Security Forces 'Violently Disperse' Bahrain Protest

Bahraini authorities violently dispersed thousands of protesters who marched towards Manama's center on Friday after the funeral of a key opposition figure's father who allegedly died after he was beaten by police, an opposition ex-MP said.

"Security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets, and used police cars to try to run over protesters who marched in thousands towards Pearl Square," epicenter of month-long anti-regime protests in the spring, after the funeral of 70-year-old Ali Hassan al-Dehi, Matar Matar told Agence France Presse.

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Libya's NTC Pledges to Destroy Chemical Weapons

Libya's National Transitional Council has pledged to continue with the previous regime's program of destroying its chemical weapons stockpiles, an international monitoring group said Friday.

"The new authorities inherited the obligations of the old regime as a state party to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons," the organization’s spokesman Michael Luhan said at its headquarters in The Hague.

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