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Venezuela Opposition Challenges Govt. Dialogue Plan

Venezuela's government Monday proposed talks to ease the country's political crisis after Pope Francis intervened, but an opposition leader branded it a ploy by President Nicolas Maduro to cling to power.

The move had aimed to calm tensions after the opposition accused the socialist president of staging a "coup d'etat" by blocking its bid for a vote on removing him.

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Iran Nuclear Negotiator Cleared of Spying Charges

Iran's intelligence minister said Tuesday that a British-Iranian member of its nuclear negotiating team had been cleared of spying allegations, state media reported. 

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Shabaab Suicide Bomber Strikes AU base in Somalia

A Shabaab suicide bomber rammed a vehicle loaded with explosives into an African Union military base in central Somalia on Tuesday, a security official said.

The explosion was followed by heavy gunfire at the Djiboutian base in the city of Beledweyne.

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Four Dead after Australia Theme Park Disaster

Two women and two men were killed at a theme park on Australia's popular Gold Coast Tuesday, police said, with witnesses describing how "everyone was screaming" after a raft apparently flipped on a water ride.

Queensland police said the four victims died on the Thunder River Rapids ride at the Dreamworld park, as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull extended his prayers to their families over what he called a "very, very, sad, tragic event".

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Two Imams Arrested in Spain over 'Islamic State Support'

Two Moroccan imams at a mosque on the Spanish resort island of Ibiza were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of backing the Islamic State group and inciting jihad, police said.

"They publicly and repeatedly expressed on social networks their support for the terrorist group Daesh, its methods and its Salafist-jihadist ideology," the Civil Guard said in a statement.

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At Least 10 Hurt in Southern Turkey Blast

At least 10 people were hurt in a blast Tuesday at a car park in an office building in the southern Turkish city of Antalya, local media reported. 

City mayor Menderes Turel told the broadcaster NTV that "10 to 12 people were slightly injured by flying glass" in the explosion at the Antalya Chamber of Commerce and Industry building. The blast occurred at 8.50am (0550 GMT). 

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Colombia 'Torpedoing' Peace Talks, Say ELN rebels

Historic peace talks between the Colombian government and ELN rebels have been thrown into doubt after the guerrillas were ordered to release their last hostage before negotiations could start. 

The government's lead negotiator, Juan Camilo Restrepo, drew a furious response from the National Liberation Army (ELN) Monday after he issued an ultimatum to the leftist group: Free the hostage or the talks are off.

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12 Killed in Shabaab Bomb Attack in Kenya

A bomb blast at a guesthouse in northeast Kenya killed at least 12 people on Tuesday, in an attack claimed by Shabaab militants which last hit the area earlier this month.

"We have found 12 bodies so far after we managed to access the building," a senior police officer told AFP.

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Trump Launches Nightly Facebook Show to Skirt 'Media Filter'

Donald Trump's campaign has launched a nightly show on Facebook Live aiming to bypass "the media filter", as White House hopefuls sprint the final leg of a caustic race.

Broadcasting from New York's Trump Tower via the Republican candidate's Facebook page, the show dubbed "Trump Tower Live" premiered Monday and is expected to air every evening through the November 8 vote.

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Six Killed in Malaysia Hospital Fire

Six people died in a fire that swept through the intensive care unit of a major hospital in Malaysia, officials said Tuesday.

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