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Four Killed in India-Pakistan Border Fire

Four people were killed when nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan traded heavy fire across their border early Saturday, with each country accusing the other of "unprovoked" military action.

"Two civilians were killed" and four people injured, including a paramilitary soldier, on the Indian side of the international frontier when Pakistani forces opened fire, Indian police inspector-general Rajesh Kumar told AFP.

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Marie Strengthens to Hurricane in Pacific Off Mexico

A tropical storm has strengthened to a hurricane in the eastern Pacific and will likely become a major hurricane over the weekend, U.S. forecasters warned Saturday.

Hurricane Marie, the eighth of the season, packed sustained winds of nearly 75 miles (120 kilometers) per hour with higher gusts, the National Hurricane Center said.

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Iran Refuses U.N. Nuclear Watchdog Access to Parchin Base

Iran will not give U.N. nuclear inspectors access to a military base outside Tehran that they have been seeking to visit since 2005, Defense Minister Hossein Dehgan said on Saturday.

Dehgan's comments come just two days before a deadline for Iran to give its response to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over historic allegations of a military dimension to its nuclear research.

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Philippines to Repatriate U.N. Troops in Golan, Liberia

The Philippines said Saturday it will repatriate over 400 of its troops serving as U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights and Liberia amid security threats and concerns over the Ebola virus.

"To ensure the safety and security of the Philippine military troops deployed to conflict-affected areas, the country’s contingents in the Golan Heights and Liberia are scheduled to be repatriated within the year," a Defense Department statement said.

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Police Officer Brands Ferguson Protesters 'Rabid Dogs'

A police officer in Missouri was suspended Friday after he used Facebook to lash out at protesters condemning the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.

A second officer in the Midwestern state was taken off the beat pending an internal review over a YouTube video in which he boasted about being a Jesus-loving "killer."

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Russia Treading on 'Razor Blade' to Keep Influence in Ukraine

Russia's decision to ignore warnings from Kiev and the West and force a disputed aid convoy into Ukraine reflects the Kremlin's urgent need to retain influence over the splintered ex-Soviet state, analysts say.

Although Moscow cited a critical lack of humanitarian aid for populations cut off by fighting, President Vladimir Putin had his own reasons for wanting the convoy to break through ahead of a crucial meeting next week with his Ukrainian counterpart.

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Stop-Start Talks Fail to End Pakistan Political Impasse

Pakistan's government and opposition groups made little headway in overnight talks aimed at dispersing protesters seeking the fall of the prime minister, as their negotiations entered a fourth day on Saturday.

Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri have led thousands of supporters demonstrating outside the legislature this week calling for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to go.

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Paraguay Seizes nearly One Ton of Cocaine in DR Congo-Bound Rice

Paraguayan police said Friday they seized about 850 kilograms (1,900 pounds) of cocaine hidden in sacks of rice bound for the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The drugs were hidden aboard a ship set to sail from a private Asuncion port to Rio de la Plata, where it would have been loaded onto a transoceanic vessel.

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HRW Calls for Probe after 22 Civilians Killed in Mexico

Human Rights Watch called on Mexico Friday to conduct an "independent" probe into the June killing of 22 civilians by soldiers in the town of Tlatlaya.

Twenty-one men and a woman were killed when soldiers returned fire after they were targeted by armed assailants guarding a warehouse, Mexico's defense ministry said on June 30.

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Colombian Army, FARC Rebels Begin Work on Ceasefire

Talks to end Colombia's five-decade conflict entered what the government called a "decisive phase" Friday as army officers and FARC rebels began work on the terms of an eventual ceasefire.

The creation of the "subcommission" to propose the framework for an eventual ceasefire and disarmament marks the first time active combatants from both sides have come together around the same table during the nearly two-year-old peace negotiations.

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