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China's Richest Village Opens Skyscraper Hotel

One of China's tallest buildings has opened for business in the nation's 'wealthiest village' of Huaxi, a symbol of the country's breakneck economic growth, officials and state press said Monday.

The Longxi International Hotel is 328 meters (1,082-feet) high and cost $470 million to build, an official in Huaxi told Agence France Presse.

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Obama Concerned at Egypt Violence, Urges Restraint

U.S. President Barack Obama is "deeply concerned" about violence in Egypt, the White House said Monday, calling for minority Copts to be protected and stressing the need for timely elections.

White House spokesman Jay Carney issued a statement after clashes in Cairo killed 25 people, mostly Coptic Christians and injured more than 300, sparking fears of widespread sectarian unrest.

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Pope Shenouda III Accuses ‘Infiltrators’ of Being behind Egypt Riots

The clashes that erupted Sunday between Coptic Christians and Egyptian security forces have raised fears that sectarian and political tensions in the country will increase given that Egypt is passing through a transition period following the ouster of president Hosni Mubarak.

Egypt's ruling military council on Monday ordered a speedy probe into clashes which killed 25 people as the cabinet held crisis talks amid fears of widespread sectarian unrest.

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Italian Vessel Hijacked by Pirates Off Somali Coast

An Italian vessel carrying 23 crew was hijacked by five pirates about 620 miles east of the Somali coast on Monday, the D'Alesio shipping company said.

The owners of the M/V Montecristo said the crew comprised Italian, Ukrainian and Indian nationals, adding it was "actively collaborating with all the related Italian and international authorities to respond to the emergency."

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Loew Presents 'Lucky' Sweater to Museum

Germany coach Joachim Loew on Monday donated his 'lucky' blue sweater worn during the 2010 World Cup for its inclusion in a museum being built by the German Football Federation (DFB).

"I hope that the pullover will have a worthy place in the museum and will be well looked after," said Loew as he handed over the cashmere sweater.

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Gunmen Attack Mosque in Tripoli

A group of more than 200 heavily armed gunmen attacked a mosque in the Libyan capital and ransacked the tombs of two imams, witnesses said on Monday.

"They arrived shortly after 10:00 pm (2000 GMT, Sunday night), between 200 and 300 of them, in pickups fitted with heavy machine-guns. They took off at about 1:00 am," said Mahmud Rahman, a resident of Tripoli's northeastern Al-Masri district.

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Palestinian Killed in Gaza Near Israel Border

A Palestinian was killed in northern Gaza near the border with Israel on Monday, the DFLP group and medics said, in circumstances disputed by the Israeli army.

Adham Abu Selmiya, spokesman for Gaza's emergency services, said a man had been killed by Israeli tank fire but his body was so badly disfigured that medics were not immediately able to identify him.

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Floods Kill Hundreds in Southeast Asia

Massive floods have left 500 people dead across Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, officials said Monday, as authorities stepped up efforts to reach victims of the unusually heavy monsoon rains.

In Thailand, where the death toll from the country's worst floods in decades rose to 269, thousands of soldiers fanned out across affected areas as part of a huge aid operation.

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Crude Output Resumed at South Iraq Field

Crude output is back to normal levels at the southern section of Iraq's biggest oilfield, a spokesman said on Monday, after being temporarily halted by two bombings at a pipeline over the weekend.

"Oil production from the Rumaila field has resumed at the rate of output before the explosions," oil ministry spokesman Assem Jihad said.

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Ex-Champions: Vettel Can Be Best Ever

Sebastian Vettel could become one of the greatest champions in Formula One history and go on to win more titles than Michael Schumacher, two of the sport's most garlanded drivers said Monday.

Jackie Stewart and Niki Lauda, both triple world champions, believe the 24-year-old German can go on and emulate his compatriot's achievements providing Red Bull can maintain their levels of car design.

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