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Suicide and Gun Attack on Afghan Governor's House, 19 Killed

A gun and suicide attack on an Afghan governor's compound killed 19 people and wounded nearly 40 others on Sunday in the latest Taliban assault raising fears about security just outside the capital Kabul.

Abdul Basir Salangi, the governor of Parwan province, told a local television channel while gunbattles were underway that six suicide bombers had stormed the main provincial administration.

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At Least 4 Dead, 40 Injured as Stage Collapses in Indiana

At least four people were killed and 40 injured when a stage structure collapsed at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, local officials said early Sunday.

The tragedy occurred late Saturday when a wind gust brought down the stage rigging prepared for a country music concert shortly before 9:00 pm (0100 GMT Sunday), police said.

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At Least 26 Dead as Syrian Ships, Tanks Blast Latakia

At least 26 people were killed as the Syrian military opened fire on the Mediterranean port city of Latakia on Sunday, with warships and tanks joining the assault, activists said.

But the state-run news agency SANA denied that the navy had attacked Latakia, quoting its correspondent in there as saying security forces were battling gunmen.

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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Calls for Unity on First Political Trip

Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi called for unity in her country on Sunday, as she addressed crowds on her first political trip outside her home city since her release from house arrest.

Suu Kyi, who was released from seven straight years of detention days after an election last November, has defied a government security warning with a visit to the Bago region, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Yangon.

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Canada Expands Sanctions on Syria

Canada said Saturday it had expanded sanctions on Syria, including blacklisting a commercial bank and a mobile phone provider, to protest the government's brutal crackdown on protests.

The new sanctions include travel bans on four officials, including Mohammed Mufleh, head of military security in the flashpoint city of Hama, and Mohammed Makhlouf, an uncle of President Bashar al-Assad.

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Egypt Troops Deploy for Sinai Raids

Egyptian tanks were rolling into a town near Gaza's border on Saturday for an anticipated operation against militants who attacked a gas pipeline to Israel and police stations, security officials said.

The officials said the tanks and more than 1,000 soldiers and policemen, deployed on Friday and Saturday, would try to restore order to a lawless section in the north of the Sinai Peninsula, and then move southwards to a mountainous region where armed outlaws were hiding.

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Fresh 'Social Justice' Protests in Israel

Tens of thousands gathered for fresh demonstrations Saturday outside Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, after leaders of a hugely popular social movement called for rallies across Israel to protest high prices and living conditions.

At 9:00 pm local time (18:00 GMT), some 50,000 people were mobilized throughout the country, police said.

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Tunisian Women Rally to Preserve Gender Equality

Around 1,000 women's rights supporters rallied in Tunis Saturday to the mark the anniversary of a key equal rights bill amid fears gender equality may suffer if political Islam rises in post-revolution Tunisia.

The Personal Status Code (CSP) passed on August 13, 1956 by the country's first president Habib Bourguiba that helped shape the 1959 constitution, was considered a groundbreaking document in the Arab world.

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Libyan Rebels Tighten Grip on Tuarga

Rebels fighting east of Tripoli said they strengthened their grip on the town of Tuarga on Saturday, in a bid to create a buffer zone between Moammar Gadhafi's forces and the city of Misrata.

On the third day of an offensive, rebels from the port enclave of Misrata said they routed all but the last remaining pockets of resistance from loyalist forces.

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Tripoli Denies Rebel Capture of Western Port Town

The Libyan government insisted Zawiyah was under the regime's control on Saturday, dismissing rebel claims of having captured the port city on the road to Tripoli.

Zawiyah is completely under government control, government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim told reporters in the capital.

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