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Three Dead in Foiled Philippines Jailbreak

Three people were killed and eight others wounded after a jailbreak attempt in the southern Philippines turned into a deadly firefight, police said Saturday.

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Activist Probing Russian Soldier Deaths in Ukraine Attacked

A prominent Russian politician who attended the secret funerals of soldiers apparently killed in Ukraine was attacked and hospitalised with a head injury, his party said on Saturday. 

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Bangladeshi Ex-Minister Jailed for War Crimes Dies

An elderly former Bangladesh minister who was sentenced to life in prison for war crimes during the 1971 independence struggle died on Saturday after a prolonged illness, an official said.

Abdul Alim, 84, an opposition official, was convicted and sentenced by the country's war crimes court last October on nine charges including genocide, murder and the persecution of the minority Hindus during the war against Pakistan.

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Report: Russia Wants Humanitarian Aid 'Bridge' into Ukraine

A senior military official said Saturday that Russia wants a "humanitarian bridge" to ferry multiple aid shipments into war-torn areas of eastern Ukraine.

Russian authorities, social organisations and businesses "are thinking of organising not one humanitarian convoy, which we have already sent, but a second, third, tenth," Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov told the state RIA-Novosti news agency in an interview.

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Somalia Sentences Islamist Killers of Journalist to Death

A military court in Somalia has sentenced two Islamist Shebab gunmen to death for killing a journalist, the information minister said Saturday.

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Lesotho PM Claims Coup, Flees to South Africa

Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane claimed Saturday he fled in fear of his life after soldiers seized power in a coup, despite the military denying it overthrew the tiny mountain kingdom's government.

Powerful neighbor South Africa and the Commonwealth backed Thabane's claims, with Johannesburg warning the Basotho army that such action "shall not be tolerated".

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Ukrainian Fighter Jet Shot Down in East

A Ukrainian fighter jet has been shot down by a Russian anti-aircraft system in the east of the country, where Kiev is fighting pro-Moscow rebels, Ukraine's military said on Saturday.

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Fiji Says Captured Peacekeepers Moved from U.N. Territory

Fiji military officials confirmed Saturday they no longer know the whereabouts of 44 peacekeepers captured by al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights.

"Their whereabouts at this stage, unfortunately, I cannot confirm," Brigadier Mosese Tikoitoga told reporters after speaking to the head of the U.N. team negotiating for their release.

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Dramatic Papua New Guinea Volcano Quietens

A volcano which has erupted in Papua New Guinea was Saturday spewing fragments from its crater and rumbling loudly, but its activity appeared to be subsiding, a seismologist said.

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Four Afghan Intelligence Forces Killed in Taliban Attack

Four Afghan intelligence forces were killed after Taliban militants attacked a provincial spy agency office in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Saturday, an official said.

Two men blew up their vehicles in the morning at the gate of the provincial intelligence office and six others then opened fire. The exchange of gunfire continued throughout the morning.

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