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Refugee Crisis Tests Sweden's Lofty Aim of 'Equality for all'

Aneta Moura, who emigrated to Sweden from Greece 43 years ago, says the last ethnic Swede has moved off her street in Malmo's Rosengard neighborhood and youths with nothing to do hang out on the streets at all hours.

"I no longer know any of my neighbors," laments 81-year-old Moura.

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EU Expresses Concern over Election Violence in Venezuela

The European Union Thursday expressed concern about rising violence linked to Venezuela's elections after the murder of a leader of the opposition, which appears poised to win control of parliament for the first time in 16 years.

"Yesterday's assassination of Mr Luis Manuel Diaz, the regional secretary of the Accion Democratica party, marks a further deterioration of an already tense situation in the run up to the parliamentary elections on 6 December 2015," the EU said in a statement.

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Desperate Cubans Mass at Nicaragua's Closed Border

Cuban migrants aiming for a new life in the U.S. but stranded in Costa Rica by a Nicaragua border firmly closed to them expressed mounting anger and desperation on Thursday.

Some of the 3,000 Cubans stymied on the border voiced frustration at the lack of a diplomatic solution for their plight, and a sense of betrayal by Nicaragua, a Cuban ally, over the decision it took two weeks ago to shut them out.

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Australia Fire Death Toll at 3 as Damage Tops $44 mn

Australians were counting the cost of bushfires Friday, with officials saying a volunteer firefighter died from a suspected heart attack while battling an eastern blaze and a southern inferno razed at least 35 homes.

The latest death came after two people were killed Wednesday when an "Armageddon-like" blaze swept through parts of South Australia, leaving insurance claims of Aus$61 million (U.S.$44 million) in its wake.

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IS Claims Attack on Shiite Mosque in Bangladesh

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on worshippers at a Shiite mosque in northern Bangladesh, the U.S.-based monitoring organisation SITE said Friday.

The attackers entered the mosque in Shibganj, some 200 miles (125 kilometers) north of Dhaka, during early evening prayers on Thursday and opened fire on the gathered worshippers before fleeing.

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Burundi Risks Genocide, U.S. Envoy Warns

Burundi is at risk of genocide, warns Thomas Perriello, U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa, days after President Barack Obama slapped sanctions on the public security minister and three others.

Burundi descended into violence in April after President Pierre Nkurunziza launched a bid for a third consecutive term in office, despite concerns over the legality of such a move.

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Putin, Hollande Agree to Coordinate on IS Fight but Divisions Remain

French President Francois Hollande and Russian leader Vladimir Putin agreed Thursday to coordinate strikes against Islamic State, but differences over Syria's future hampered efforts to bring Russia into a wider alliance to fight the jihadists.

Putin indicated France and Russia would swap data to help identify IS targets in Syria, as opposed to other groups opposed to the country's leader, Bashar Assad.

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Two Men Arrested in Berlin Suspected of Preparing 'Serious Act of Violence'

Berlin police said they carried out two raids targeting Islamists Thursday and arrested two men suspected of preparing to carry out "a serious act of violence representing a danger for the state."

The two individuals, aged 28 and 46, had been "in contact with the Islamist movement," police spokeswoman Patricia Braemer said.

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Brussels Terror Alert Reduced from Highest Level

Belgium reduced the terror alert in Brussels Thursday, five days after it was raised to the highest possible level that saw schools and the metro closed, the government's crisis center said.

"We can confirm that the Threat Analysis Coordination Agency re-evaluated the threat level from four to level three," a spokesman for the crisis center, which is part of the interior ministry, told AFP.

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Hunger, Fear Stalk Nigeria's Boko Haram Displaced

Zainabu Ali cradles her infant son Ibrahim in her arms as he sleeps in a three-bedroom house that she shares with about 20 family members in the north Nigerian city of Kaduna.

The family fled Izghe in Borno state in February 2014, when Boko Haram fighters dressed in military uniform stormed the village and slaughtered 106 people, including an elderly woman.

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