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Breivik Wants Death or Acquittal, Warns of New Attacks

Anders Behring Breivik said Wednesday he should be executed if found guilty of last year's mass killings in Norway, telling his trial that other lone extremists were plotting to emulate his attacks.

On day three of his trial, Breivik, who stands accused of committing "acts of terror", acknowledged it was unrealistic to expect the death sentence in a country which does not allow capital punishment.

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Iraqi PM to Visit Iran on Sunday

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will visit Iran on Sunday to discuss bilateral issues including energy and water, his spokesman Ali Mussawi told Agence France Presse.

"Maliki will visit Tehran on Sunday, heading a delegation of ministers to discuss key issues like electricity, energy and water," Mussawi said.

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Yemen Air Strikes kill 6 Qaida Militants

An air strike on an al-Qaida position near the southern Yemeni town of Loder killed six militants on Wednesday, the defense ministry said.

"Six al-Qaida terrorists were killed today" in an air raid that targeted one of their positions southeast of Loder, which is the target of an al-Qaida takeover bid, the ministry's news website reported, quoting an unnamed local source.

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China Calls for Calm after N. Korea Threats

China urged calm and restraint Wednesday after North Korea warned of retaliation over the United States' suspension of much-needed food aid following Pyongyang's recent failed rocket launch.

In a defiant statement late Tuesday, the isolated nation also broke off an agreement with Washington to halt testing of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles, raising fears Pyongyang would stage a new atomic test.

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Sudan Says South Made Diversionary Attack near Abyei

South Sudanese forces have made a diversionary attack near the contested Abyei region, state-linked media in Khartoum said, as the South vowed to hold its position in a seized oilfield further east.

The attack struck Sudanese troops in the Bahr El Arab river area, 62 kilometers (38 miles) south of El Meiram, on Tuesday, said the Sudanese Media Centre (SMC) which is close to the security apparatus.

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India Readies for Long-Range Missile Test

India on Wednesday prepared for the first trial of a long-range nuclear-capable missile that could strike anywhere in China -- Delhi's main focus as it strives to modernize its military.

An official at the test monitoring station in the eastern state of Orissa told Agence France Presse that the maiden flight of the Agni-V rocket, which has a range of 5,000-kilometers (3,100-miles), was expected later Wednesday.

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Libya's Federalist Camp Clings to Autonomy Bid

Hundreds of federalism backers who massed in east Libya on Tuesday insisted on the region's autonomy and challenged the framework for electing a constituent assembly.

Participants issued a statement stressing their "commitment to the autonomy of Cyrenaica stretching from the border with Egypt (in the east) to Sirte," the hometown of slain leader Moammar Gadhafi.

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Starbucks Plans to Expand in China

American giant Starbucks plans to heavily invest in expansion in China as the local population starts to embrace the coffee culture, the company's Asia Pacific president said Wednesday.

"We see opportunities for many, many more stores in China," John Culver told journalists.

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Iraq's Sadr Urges Release of Bahrain Hunger Striker

Anti-U.S. Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has called for the release of jailed Bahraini activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who has been on hunger strike for more than two months.

"I demand his immediate release," Sadr said in a statement released by his office in Najaf and obtained by Agence France Presse on Wednesday. It was unclear when the cleric made the statement.

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Juppe Says Paris FMs Meeting to Send 'Strong' Message to Assad

France said Wednesday that 14 foreign ministers would attend a meeting on Syria in Paris on Thursday to send a "strong" message to Bashar al-Assad's regime to implement a peace plan.

"The obstacles to the U.N. observers' mission that Damascus is putting in place and the Syrian regime's continued repression, contrary to its commitments, calls for a strong reaction from the international community," French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said in a statement.

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