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Firefighters Beat Back Major Fire at UK Power Station

Twenty five fire engines battled a major fire at a power station near Oxford in England on Sunday that cast flames high into the sky.

Officials said the blaze at Didcot B Power Station was under control and that the electricity supply would not be affected.

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Nicaragua Flooding Leaves 24 Dead

Driving rain that has swamped most of Nicaragua for days has killed 24 people, authorities said Sunday, sparking fears of a potential health crisis in some areas.

The flooding has left more than 33,000 people homeless and many are cramming into shelters around the Central American nation, government spokeswoman and first lady Rosario Murillo said.

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Amnesty Slams 'Abuse' of Migrant Workers in S. Korea

Migrant farm workers in South Korea face rampant abuse under a "shameful" government work permit system that encourages exploitation, Amnesty International said in a report published Monday.

The report, which the South Korean Labor Ministry suggested was exaggerated, came on the heels of a visit by the U.N.'s special rapporteur on racism, who also cited "serious problems" faced by the growing number of foreign workers hired as low-paid, unskilled manual laborers.

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Tropical Storm Batters Southern Mexico Coast, Kills One

One person was killed as Tropical Storm Trudy -- since downgraded to tropical depression -- passed through Mexico prompting evacuations and stranding 16 communities, authorities said Sunday.

The heavy rains caused a landslide on a farm in the indigenous town of Tlacoachistlahuaca in the southern Guerrero state, killing a 23-year-old, a civil protection official told local media.

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UN Rights Chief Blasts Kinshasa for Expelling Top Envoy

The U.N. rights chief on Sunday condemned Kinshasa for expelling his top envoy to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and accused the authorities of intimidating other members of his staff.

"Not only has my highly experienced and respected representative in DRC, Scott Campbell, been told to leave, but two other staff working in his team have been seriously threatened in recent days," Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said in a statement.

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Thousands of Catalans Demand Snap Regional Vote

Thousands of pro-independence Catalans rallied on Sunday, demanding snap elections after the region's leader Artus Mas watered down plans for a referendum on separating from Spain.

"President, call elections; president we want a vote within three months, we want to go into spring 2015 with a new parliament," said Carme Forcadell, who leads the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) that has organised massive pro-independence demonstrations in the northeastern Spanish region.

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Hungarians March to Celebrate 'Roma Pride'

Hundreds of Hungarians took part in a "Roma Pride" march in Budapest Sunday to celebrate the country's largest ethnic minority, a community scarred by widespread prejudice.

Around 500 people walked through the city center chanting "Opre Roma!" (Up Roma!) and holding placards of famous figures of ethnic-Roma background like British actor Charlie Chaplin and Spanish footballer Jesus Navas.

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Belgians had 'Reasons' to Collaborate with Nazis

Belgians living under Nazi occupation in World War II had "reasons" if they collaborated with the Germans, a nationalist politician in the country's new coalition government said Sunday.

Bart de Wever, head of the New Flemish Alliance, the largest party in the coalition, said "of course people had reasons to join with the collaboration. There were so many of them."

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Obama and Erdogan Promise to Intensify IS Fight in Syria

U.S. President Barack Obama called his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan and they pledged to step up the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria, the White House said Sunday.

Kurdish fighters have been under IS assault for more than a month around Kobane, which has become a key prize as it is being fought under the gaze of the world's press massed just over the border in Turkey.

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Germany Says Ukraine Rebels Downed MH17 with Seized Missiles

German intelligence has accused pro-Russian rebels of shooting down a Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine using missiles captured from government forces, a media report said Sunday.

Kiev and the West have previously charged that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was blown out of the sky in July by separatist fighters using a BUK surface-to-air system supplied by Russia, charges denied by Moscow.

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