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Putin Says Nemtsov Assassination a 'Disgrace'

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday described the killing of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov as a tragedy that had brought disgrace on Russia, and warned against a rise in "extremist crime".

"We must pay the greatest attention to crimes that prompt a major reaction, including those that are politically charged," he told interior ministry officials at a televised meeting.

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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 naming of the three suspects, who now live in Jordan, Norway and the West Bank, marks the first breakthrough in over three decades of 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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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 that 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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Over 30 Feared Dead in East Ukraine Mine Blast

At least 10 miners were killed and 23 more were missing and feared dead in eastern Ukraine after a blast on Wednesday at an accident-prone coal mine in the rebel-held city of Donetsk.

The early morning blast, believed to be caused by a build-up of methane gas, hit the Zasyadko mine near the city's bomb-scarred airport in what officials described as a "terrible tragedy".

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