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Frontline Ukraine Port Votes in Delayed Local Poll

Voters in the east Ukrainian government-held port of Mariupol on Sunday cast their ballots in a delayed local elections after an earlier poll was scrapped in the strategic frontline city.

The rest of Kiev-controlled Ukraine has already voted in local polls but the election was dramatically canceled in Mariupol on October 25 amid claims of widespread ballot paper irregularities.   

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Suspected Jihadists Attack Cash Truck in Burkina Faso

Suspected jihadist fighters attacked an armored van transporting money from a gold mine in Burkina Faso, the country's security minister said Sunday, the latest sign of Islamist violence spreading from neighboring Mali.

A group of heavily armed men with rocket launchers and automatic rifles attacked the truck in the country's north on Friday, killing the driver and wounding one other person, security minister Alain Zagre told AFP.

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Clashes, Arrests as Paris Human Chain Presses Leaders for Climate Deal

Hundreds of thousands of people rallied around the world Sunday on the eve of a Paris summit aimed at averting catastrophic climate change, but violent clashes in the French capital soured the show of people power.

The global protests, including an emotional linking of hands near the heart of this month's terror attacks in Paris, were aimed at building grassroots pressure for an historic deal at the U.N. talks to limit global warming.

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Resist 'Fear of Others', Pope Says in Strife-Torn C. Africa

Pope Francis on Sunday called for unity in the strife-torn Central African Republic, urging people not to give in to the "fear of others" in a country plagued by sectarian violence. 

In an address at the presidential palace shortly after landing in the capital Bangui, the 78-year-old pontiff called for unity and to avoid "the temptation of fear of others, of the unfamiliar, of what is not part of our ethnic group, our political views or our religious confession."

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Colorado Shooter a Loner, 'Weird'

People who knew the suspected gunman in the Colorado Springs shooting described him as a loner who was "weird" but had given few signs of violent behavior, U.S. media reported Sunday.

Robert Lewis Dear, 57, is believed to have entered the Planned Parenthood clinic with a high-powered rifle on Friday and fire on police and civilians outside the building.

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Polls: Spanish Divided on Joining Anti-IS Strikes

Spaniards are divided on whether Spain should take part in the international military campaign in Syria against the Islamic State, with just over half, 54, percent, opposed, a poll published Sunday showed.

About a third, 35 percent, are in favor of joining the military campaign in Syria and the rest were undecided, according to the poll published in El Mundo newspaper.

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Iran Demands Closure of U.N. Nuclear Watchdog Probe

Iran said Sunday there would be no final implementation of a nuclear deal with world powers unless a probe into allegations of past weapons research is closed.

The declaration, by a top security official, comes after the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said a report into the possible military dimensions of Iran's activities would not be "black and white"

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Report: PKK Leader Urges U.S., EU to Broker Peace with Turkey

A Kurdish rebel leader said Sunday that Turkey has slipped into a civil war with the Kurds, as he urged the European Union and the United States to step up as peace brokers to end the conflict.

"Military tanks, artillery and helicopters are being deployed in the south of Turkey against the Kurdish civilian population. The situation is the worst in decades," Cemil Bayik, one of the leaders of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) told Bild am Sonntag newspaper. 

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Germany Planning to Deploy 1,200 Troops for IS Fight

Germany is planning to deploy 1,200 troops to help France in the fight against Islamic State jihadists in Syria, its army chief said Sunday, in what would be the military's biggest deployment abroad.

"From a military point of view, around 1,200 soldiers would be necessary to run the planes and ship," army chief of staff General Volker Wieker told Bild am Sonntag newspaper, adding that the mission would begin "very quickly once a mandate is obtained".

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Turkey to Hand over Body of Dead Russian Pilot to Moscow

The body of a Russian pilot killed when his plane was shot down by Turkey last week will be handed over to a Russian representative after being retrieved from Syria, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Sunday.

"The pilot who lost his life during the air violation was received by us on the (Syrian) border last night," Davutoglu told reporters in Istanbul before leaving for a meeting with EU leaders in Brussels. 

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