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North Korea Says Released Australian Student Was 'Spying'

An Australian student who was released after being held in North Korea had been "spying" in the reclusive country, state media said Saturday.

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At Least 14 Killed as Mortars Hit Afghan Market

At least 14 people were killed and dozens more wounded when a busy market in northern Afghanistan was hit by mortar fire, officials said Saturday. 

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Mexican Authorities Rescue 24 Kidnapped Migrants

Mexican authorities on Friday rescued 24 Central American migrants, including nine children, who had been held hostage for nearly three weeks in the crime-ridden state of Guanajuato, officials said.

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Greece: A Look at the Main Candidates in Sunday's Election

Greece holds a general election Sunday, called three months early by left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras after he suffered a stinging defeat in European Parliament elections in May to conservative rivals who appear to be strengthening their position according to recent opinion polls.

The ballot comes as the country struggles to emerge from a decade of deep financial crisis that slashed size of Greece's economy by a quarter and sent unemployment and poverty rates soaring. The parliamentary election is the first since Greece ended its third consecutive international bailout program.

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Venezuela Independence Day Marked by Rival Rallies, UN Rebuke

Venezuela's Independence Day was marked by rival rallies Friday, led by opposition leader Juan Guaido and President Nicholas Maduro, who waged a war of words even as the UN warned of eroded rule of law in the country. 

Guaido, who considers himself Venezuela's legitimate acting leader, implored supporters in the streets of Caracas not to give up hope: "Don't leave! We're going to get there! Have no doubt, we'll succeed."

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IAEA to Hold Special Meeting on Iran on 10 July

The UN's nuclear watchdog said Friday it will hold a special meeting on Iran's nuclear programme next week, days after Tehran breached one of the limits set in a 2015 deal with world powers.

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U.N. Chief Encouraged by Sudan Power-Sharing Deal

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday he was encouraged by a power-sharing deal reached between Sudan's military rulers and protest leaders on a transition to civilian rule. 

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Poles Jailed over UK's 'Largest Modern Slavery' Ring

State prosecutors on Friday disclosed the jailing of eight Polish human traffickers who lured hundreds of victims from Poland in "the largest modern slavery" operation ever exposed in Britain -- and possibly Europe.

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U.S. Requests Emergency IAEA Meeting over Iran

The U.S. on Friday requested an emergency meeting of the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog to discuss Iran, days after Tehran breached a limit set in a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

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Germany, Poland Urge EU Integration of Western Balkan States

Germany and Poland urged Friday that countries such as Albania and North Macedonia be integrated into the EU, despite reluctance from France, the Netherlands and other northern member states.

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