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Bangladeshi Woman Takes Rapist's Penis to Police

A 40-year-old Bangladeshi woman cut off a man's penis during an alleged attempted rape and took it to a police station as evidence, police in a remote part of Bangladesh said Monday.

The woman, a married mother of three, was attacked while she was sleeping in her shanty in Jhalakathi district, some 200 kilometers (120 miles) south of Dhaka, on Saturday night, officers said.

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N. Korea Won't Deal with Seoul Government, Threatens to ‘Retaliate to Psychological Warfare’

North Korea said Monday it would no longer deal with South Korea and threatened to retaliate against any moves by Seoul to wage "psychological warfare".

The North's powerful National Defense Commission (NDC) said in a statement it would also cut a military communications line on the east coast and shut a liaison office at the jointly-run Mount Kumgang resort.

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Seven Activists on Trial in Vietnam, U.S. Condemns Action

Seven land rights and religious freedom activists went on trial in Vietnam on Monday on subversion charges which U.S. lawmakers decried as a "stain" on the country's rights record.

Three of the accused, who are being tried by a court in southern Ben Tre province, are members of U.S.-based opposition group Viet Tan, said the organization, also known as the Vietnam Reform Party.

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Twin Taliban Attacks Kill 4 in Afghanistan, Target Italians

Twin Taliban attacks killed four people and wounded 24 others, including children, in the Afghan city of Herat and at an Italian-led NATO reconstruction team on Monday, officials said.

The blasts came just weeks before the usually peaceful historic city is to become one of the first places in the war-torn country to transition from NATO to Afghan security control nearly 10 years after the 2001 U.S.-led invasion.

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Israel Troops Clash with Worshippers at West Bank

Israeli soldiers clashed overnight with Jewish worshipers who tried to enter a religious site in the northern West Bank city of Nablus without permission, the military said on Monday.

The disturbances erupted when scores of religious Jews attempted to visit Joseph's Tomb without authorization shortly after hundreds of others had traveled there on an army-escorted tour.

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Iran Denies Buying Ship from Israel Firm

Iran's top trade official has denied that a public company in Iran, which does not recognize the Jewish state, bought a ship from an Israeli firm as claimed by Washington, local media said on Sunday.

"Based on the laws of the country, any kind of trade or economic transaction with the Zionist regime and its affiliated firms is against the law," the chairman of Iran's Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines (ICCIM), Mohammad Nahavandian, was quoted as saying.

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Karzai Scolds U.S. Military Over Afghan Civilian Deaths

President Hamid Karzai on Sunday scolded the U.S. military for "arbitrary and unnecessary" missions that kill Afghan civilians, saying it was his last warning on the issue after 14 died in an air strike.

Citing initial reports that 10 children, two women and two men were killed in a strike in the southern province of Helmand on Saturday, Karzai said such operations amounted to the "murdering of Afghanistan's children and women."

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Egypt to Expel Iran Diplomat Spy Suspect

Egypt will expel an Iranian diplomat who was briefly detained on suspicion of spying on the North African country for Tehran's intelligence services, security officials said on Sunday.

The officials said the diplomat, who had been released earlier in the day, would be "expelled within 48 hours."

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French Minister Accused of Sexual Harassment Resigns

A French junior minister accused of sexual harassment resigned Sunday, two weeks after former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested in New York on sex crime charges.

Civil service minister Georges Tron, accused of sexually harassing staff at the town hall where he is mayor, said in his letter of resignation to President Nicolas Sarkozy that he would continue the fight to prove his innocence.

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Afghanistan Says 38 Killed by NATO 'Friendly Fire'

An Afghan provincial governor Sunday said 18 civilians and 20 police were killed by "friendly fire" during U.S.-led air strikes against insurgents in the northeast of the country.

The governor of Nuristan, which was the scene of heavy battles last week between the Taliban and Afghan security forces, said the police and civilians were targeted Wednesday after they were mistaken for militants.

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