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Netanyahu Rejects Obama Criticism of Iran Speech

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday brushed aside criticism from U.S. President Barack Obama of his speech to Congress, in which he warned Washington was paving the way to a nuclear-armed Iran.

The White House was infuriated by Netanyahu's address Tuesday to a joint session of the U.S. Congress, where he laid out Israeli concerns at an emerging world deal with Iran on its nuclear program.

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Tense Deadlock as Myanmar Student Protest Enters Third Day

Myanmar riot police Wednesday corralled dozens of student protesters calling for education reform after activists defied official orders to disband and the tense deadlock entered a third day.

A core group rallied near a monastery compound in the central town of Letpadan despite being encircled by police who have vowed to prevent their planned march to the country's main city Yangon.

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France Issues Warrants for 3 Suspects in 1982 Jewish Restaurant Attack

France has issued international arrest warrants for three men suspected of involvement in a deadly attack on a Jewish restaurant in Paris in 1982, a judicial source told AFP on Wednesday.

The three suspects who live in Jordan, Norway and the West Bank were named as part of the long-running investigation into the attack on the Chez Jo Goldenberg restaurant that left six people dead and 22 injured. 

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3 Philippine Soldiers Killed in Abu Sayyaf Landmine Attack

Islamic extremists in the southern Philippines ambushed a military convoy Wednesday by planting a landmine that killed three soldiers, the latest outbreak of violence as the government cracks down on the militants.

The military convoy of three vehicles was traveling on the southern island of Jolo to secure a road project when a truck hit the landmine.

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Nigerian Police Hunt Mob who Killed Woman in Suicide Bombing Scare

Police in northeast Nigeria on Wednesday said they were hunting the mob who beat a woman to death and burnt her body after suspecting that she was a suicide bomber.

The woman, identified by her mother as 33-year-old Thabita Haruna, was killed on Sunday in Bauchi after she allegedly refused to undergo a security screening at a city market.

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Saudi Executions Set 'Unprecedented' Pace

Saudi Arabia has beheaded dozens of convicts, including foreign drug traffickers, since the start of the year in what Amnesty International calls an unprecedented pace of executions in the kingdom.

Those put to the sword have included five Pakistanis, an Indian, two Jordanians, two Syrians and a Yemeni, with few foreign governments willing to publicly appeal for clemency from the wealthy Gulf state.

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In Putin's Russia, West Blamed for Nemtsov Murder

Kremlin opponent Boris Nemtsov's blood was barely dry on the Moscow sidewalk before powerful Russians came up with a startlingly clear conclusion: that the West was to blame.

The West stands accused of an increasing number of outrages in President Vladimir Putin's Russia.

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At Least 10 Dead after Migrant Boat Sinks Off Sicily

A boat capsized off Sicily when the migrants aboard rushed to meet rescuers, killing at least 10 people, the Italian coastguard said Wednesday.

"The migrants, as they frequently do, all rushed to one side of the boat which then capsized," Italian coast guard spokesman Filippo Marini told TV station SkyTG24, adding many of the passengers did not know how to swim.

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Armenia-Azerbaijan Bloodletting Threatens Karabakh Ceasefire

Locals sigh with relief as their Armenian village of Movses, close to the border with Azerbaijan, disappears in the lilac mist rolling down from the Kardash mountain, where Azeri snipers have fortified positions.

"The mist is our salvation. When visibility is zero, we know the Azeris won't be shooting," said Khanum, an elderly Armenian woman who, like other Movses residents, lives in constant fear of Azeri snipers.

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Police Report 'Dozen' Drone Sightings over Paris

Paris police on Wednesday said the public had reported around a dozen drone sightings over sensitive areas of the French capital -- the latest in a baffling series of overflights.

Authorities are now scrambling to work out "if all the reports were really drone flights," said a police source who declined to be named.

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