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Shebab Rebels in Car Bomb, Gun Attack on Somalia Intelligence HQ

Somalia's Shebab rebels carried out a major car bomb and gun attack against an intelligence headquarters in central Mogadishu on Sunday, leaving at least seven militants and four others dead.

The al-Qaida-linked militia claimed responsibility for the raid against the complex, which also houses a major detention facility, saying it was being used for the "torture and humiliation" of "innocent Muslims."

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Hong Kong Activists Promise Civil Disobedience Campaign

Hong Kong democracy activists vowed Sunday to embark on an "era of civil disobedience" including mass sit-ins after China announced rules giving it control over candidates in the city's next leadership election.

The standing committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's rubber-stamp parliament, decided that the next chief executive will be elected by popular vote in 2017, but candidates must each be backed by more than half the members of a 1,200-strong "broadly representative nominating committee."

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Captured Russian Paratroopers Return Home in Swap with Ukraine

Ten Russian paratroopers captured inside Ukraine nearly one week ago have returned home following a troop exchange, Russian media reported Sunday.

In the early hours of Sunday the 10 paratroopers were handed over to Russian authorities at the Nekhoteyevka border crossing.

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Islamists' Strike Hits Bangladesh over Gruesome Murder

Transport services in Bangladesh ground to a halt on Sunday as Islamists enforced a nationwide strike to protest at the murder of a television star who presented popular Islamic shows.

Normally congested roads in the capital and other cities were largely deserted as operators of inter-regional bus and lorry services accepted Islamists' demands for the eight-hour strike starting early morning.

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Indian PM Tours Ancient Japanese City

India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi toured the ancient Japanese city of Kyoto on Sunday, the second day of a visit intended to strengthen security and economic relations and counter a increasingly assertive China.

Modi was accompanied by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on his visit to a historic temple a day after he had a private dinner with Abe.

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Four Dead in Paris Suburb Building Explosion

Two children and two women were killed on Sunday when an explosion ripped through an apartment building outside Paris, reducing half a residential block to rubble, emergency services said.

A child described as around 10 years old, as well as a boy aged 14 to 18, were among the bodies recovered from the remains of the four-story building in the northeastern suburb of Rosny-sous-Bois.

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Boko Haram Kill Scores in Captured Nigeria Town

Boko Haram gunmen have killed scores of residents in a Nigerian town on the border with Cameroon that they captured in recent raids, witnesses told AFP on Saturday.

The militants seized Gamboru Ngala earlier this week after taking over military and police facilities in a fierce gun battle which forced thousands of residents across the border into Cameroon.

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Record Cocaine Seizure in Peru Totaled 7.6 Tons

Peru's interior ministry said Saturday the final tally of a record cocaine seizure this week totaled 7.6 tons, valued at more than $300,000 million.

"This is the largest drug seizure ever in Peru. It's historic," said Interior Minister Daniel Urresti.

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Unchallenged Macau Leader Elected for a Second Term

Macau re-elected its incumbent leader in an unchallenged contest Sunday as the gambling hub faces growing calls for democracy amid anger over deteriorating living conditions and government accountability.

The booming city's sole chief executive candidate Fernando Chui was voted in for a second term by 95 percent of a 400-strong pro-Beijing electoral committee, in a foregone contest which democracy advocates have called "ridiculous".

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Pakistan's Khan Vows to Fight on despite Deadly Clashes

Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan vowed Sunday to protest "until the last breath" as ongoing clashes between his supporters and police outside the prime minister's residence left three dead and hundreds injured.

The violence began Saturday night after thousands of supporters of Khan and firebrand cleric Tahir ul Qadri tried to storm Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's house using cranes to remove barricades.

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