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Taliban Kills 10 Police as Man in Afghan Army Uniform Shoots Dead 2 NATO Troops

A Taliban bomb attack killed 10 Afghan police returning from a recruitment center in southern Afghanistan's restive Helmand province on Thursday, the local government said.

The victims were members of the U.S.-funded Afghan Local Police (ALP) set up last year and touted as key to a handover of security control, which will see all foreign combat troops leave Afghanistan in theory by the end of 2014.

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New Year in Tatters as Bombs, Threats Shake Tyre

Zuheir Arnaout seethed with anger as he surveyed the damage from a bomb that targeted his restaurant in Tyre, one of the few cities in southern Lebanon where alcohol is still tolerated.

"What is it they want? To stop people from drinking, from having a good time?" he demanded outside the popular "Tyros" restaurant on the scenic Mediterranean seafront.

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Russian Court Rejects Ban on Hindu Sacred Book

A court in the Russian city of Tomsk on Wednesday rejected an attempt to ban as "extremist" a translation of a sacred Hindu book, in what was seen as a test case for religious freedoms.

The Siberian court rejected a lawsuit from the Tomsk prosecutor's office to classify a Russian translation of the Hare Krishna edition of the "Bhagavad Gita" as "extremist literature" alongside books like Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf", news agencies reported.

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English City Deters Teens with Pig Dung

It may not be the most conventional way of tackling crime, but an English city council has claimed success after using pig dung to eject teenagers from a woodland they used to drink and take drugs.

Elderly residents of Middlesbrough, northeast England, had complained to the police that young people were smoking cannabis and drinking alcohol in a woodland area near the Coulby Newham housing estate.

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Yemen Army Rockets Kill 6 Qaida Suspects

Yemen's army killed six suspected al-Qaida militants in a Katyusha rocket attack on their hideout in the restive southern city of Zinjibar, an official said on Thursday.

"The army carried out heavy shelling using Katyusha rockets on a house in Zinjibar's east where al-Qaida militants were gathered to plot attacks on army units... killing six," said the official in the adjacent town of Jaar.

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Serbia Gears Up for Kuestendorf Film Festival

International stars Isabelle Huppert and Benicio del Toro will be guests at the Kuestendorf film and music festival hosted by Serbian director Emir Kusturica in January, local media said Wednesday.

The French screen legend and the Hollywood actor will be in Drvengard, the wooden village Kusturica built as a set for one of his movies some 250 kilometers (155 miles) south-west of Belgrade, where the fifth edition of the quirky festival will be held from January 17 to 23.

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French breast Implant Tycoon Hits Back as Scandal Grows

Holed up at his home in the south of France, the founder of troubled breast implant manufacturer PIP is fighting back against a growing international scandal over his allegedly faulty products.

Between 300,000 and 400,000 women in 65 countries from Europe to Latin America have implants made with sub-standard silicone gel by 72-year-old Jean-Claude Mas's now-bankrupt company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP).

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17 Killed in Fire in Myanmar's Main City of Yangon

A fire followed by several explosions engulfed many state warehouses and neighboring homes, killing at least 17 people and injuring 108 in Myanmar's main city of Yangon on Thursday.

The blasts occurred as firefighters were putting out the fire that had started in a state-owned warehouse before spreading to other warehouses and nearby homes and buildings before dawn.

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Rocket Fired from Gaza after Israeli Air Raids

Palestinian militants fired a rocket at southern Israel on Thursday morning, hours after Israeli warplanes attacked "terror sites" inside the Gaza Strip, the army said.

"A rocket fired from Gaza exploded in an open field in the Eshkol region," a military spokesman told Agence France Presse.

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North Korea Acclaims New Supreme Leader at Huge Parade

North Korea staged a massive memorial service for Kim Jong-Il on Thursday to end 13 days of official mourning, and formally declared his untested young son Jong-Un as the new supreme leader.

Addressing tens of thousands of troops and civilians packing a wintry Pyongyang square, ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-Nam praised the late leader for contributing to "global peace and stability of the 21st century.”

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