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16 Villagers Hacked to Death in Eastern DR Congo

Attackers armed with machetes and axes hacked at least 16 civilians to death in a night-time assault on their village in the volatile east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, U.N. and local officials said Wednesday.

Local administrator Bernard Amisi Kalonda said the brutal attack took place late Tuesday in the Beni region of North Kivu province, an area which has witnessed numerous massacres in the past.

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Russia Says Bolstering Forces to Counter NATO

Russia's defense minister said Wednesday that Moscow will set up three new divisions in the west and south of the country by the end of the year to counter NATO forces close to its border.

"The defense ministry is taking a range of measures with the aim of countering the build-up of NATO forces in close proximity to Russia's borders," Sergei Shoigu was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.

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Malaysia Searches for Foreigners Missing in Seas Off Borneo

Malaysian authorities are searching for three foreigners who went missing in waters near the Philippines where a spate of recent kidnappings have taken place, a coast guard official said Wednesday.

The official cautioned there was so far no cause to suspect the abduction of the foreigners, who went missing late Monday along with a Malaysian off the state of Sabah on Borneo island.

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Clashes as French Police Clear Migrants from Paris School

Police used tear gas on Wednesday to disperse protesters as they evacuated a high school under renovation in Paris that has been occupied by migrants for two weeks.

Protesters, some masked and hooded, had formed a human chain around the high school in the north of the French capital to try to prevent police entering in the early morning raid.

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Trump 'Presumptive' White House Nominee as Cruz Crashes Out

Donald Trump seized the mantle of Republican standard-bearer for the 2016 presidential election late Tuesday, sending his only serious challenger Ted Cruz crashing out of the White House race.

After charging to victory in Indiana, the unorthodox, anti-establishment candidate embraced the role of de facto nominee and trained his sights on the Democrat most likely to face him in the battle for the White House.

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Canadian City Evacuated as Huge Blaze Engulfs Homes

The 100,000 residents of the Canadian city of Fort McMurray were ordered to leave town late Tuesday as a monster wildfire swept through the oil sands region, in Alberta province's largest ever evacuation.

No casualties have yet been reported but gas stations exploded and a hotel and one of the town's many motor home parks went up in flames, according to local media.

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'Carlos the Jackal' Must Face Trial for 1974 Attack, Says Appeal Court

Carlos the Jackal, once one of the world's most wanted militants, must face trial for a deadly 1974 grenade attack in Paris, France's highest appeals court ruled Tuesday.

The 66-year-old Venezuelan, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, has been held in French jails since 1994 after he was tracked down in Sudan following a series of attacks and murders in France.

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Merkel Lends Backing to Halt Rise of France's Far-Right

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday she would do what she can to help curb the rise of France's National Front (FN), as support surges for far-right parties across Europe.

"I will make my contribution towards ensuring that other political forces are stronger than the National Front," she told students attending the French high school in Berlin.

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Pakistan Army Courts Sentence 11 Taliban Militants to Death

Pakistan military courts have sentenced eleven Taliban militants to death for terrorism-related offenses, the army said Tuesday.

The nation has hanged hundreds of people -- 326 last year alone -- since lifting a moratorium on the death penalty in December 2014.

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German Daily Rips Turkey 'Censorship' in Bilingual Edition

Berlin-based newspaper die tageszeitung published a German-Turkish edition on Tuesday, World Press Freedom Day, that denounced media censorship under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and European silence about it.

The 16-page special edition entitled "Uncensored / Sansursuz" was produced jointly with Turkish weekly Agos and BirGun daily and featured stories with headlines including "What is the (Turkish) government hiding?"

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