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Pakistan Releases 163 Indian Fishermen in Goodwill Gesture

Pakistan on Sunday released 163 Indian fishermen held for violating its territorial waters as a goodwill gesture amid tensions over the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir and an attack on a police station.

The fishermen were freed from Malir jail in the southern port city of Karachi.

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Russia 'Kills 8 IS Militants' in Caucasus Raid

Russian security services said Sunday that they killed eight Islamists who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and were behind attacks in the Caucasus region.

Special forces clashed with a "group of armed persons" in a mountain forest area near to Chechnya, said the National Antiterrorist Committee, without saying when the incident happened. 

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Manhunt after U.S. Police Officer Shot Dead

A police officer was shot dead during a traffic stop in Memphis and a manhunt launched for the killer, Tennessee police said Sunday.

Sean Bolton, 33, who had been with the Memphis Police Department (MPD) since October 2010, suffered multiple gunshot wounds in Saturday's incident. 

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Russian Airforce Helicopter Crashes, Killing One

A Russian airforce helicopter crashed during an air show on Sunday in front of thousands of spectators, killing one pilot, the latest in a string of military crashes.

The Mi-28N attack helicopter was participating in the show as part of a competition organized by the Russian defense ministry, Russian media reported from the event.

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Haqqani Network Founder Backs New Taliban Leader

Afghanistan's Haqqani network militant group posted a statement Sunday backing the appointment of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour whose legitimacy has been challenged internally.

The statement was posted on the Taliban's website quoting its founder Jalaluddin Haqqani, a day after the insurgents denied Pakistani media reports that the infamous militant, believed to be in his 70s, had died.

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Australian Parliamentary Speaker Resigns over Expenses Scandal

Australian parliamentary Speaker Bronwyn Bishop announced her resignation Sunday following public anger over her travel expenses, as Prime Minister Tony Abbott said a review would be launched into politicians' entitlements.

Bishop, a member of Abbott's Liberal Party, had been under fire for more than three weeks as media reports emerged of her use of taxpayers' money for trips including spending Aus$5,000 (U.S.$3,600) on a 80-kilometer (50-mile) helicopter ride for a November political fundraiser.

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20 People Feared Dead in Remote India Landslide

Rescuers were searching Sunday for some 20 villagers feared killed in a landslide triggered by torrential rain in a remote region of northeastern India, a local official said.

The side of a hill collapsed on Saturday on a village in Manipur state close to the border with Myanmar, said local magistrate Memi Mary.

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Another Senior Communist Rebel Held in Philippines

The Philippine military said Sunday it had detained a senior communist rebel leader, the latest in a series of arrests or killings which have damaged one of the world's longest-running insurgencies.

Military agents and police arrested Maria Concepcion Araneta-Bocala, a central committee member of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), at a home in Iloilo City on the central island of Panay on Saturday, military spokesmen said.

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PNG Vows to Fight Human Trafficking as Boat Carrying 'Slaves' Seized

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill Sunday pledged his nation's support in tackling human trafficking as he confirmed the seizure of a boat carrying alleged slaves from Cambodia and Myanmar.

O'Neill said the eight people were rescued from the fishing boat "Blissful Reefer" after it was boarded on July 27 off the southern port of Daru in PNG waters.

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U.N. Warns Myanmar Flood Toll to increase as Rains Lash Region

The toll from flash floods and landslides in Myanmar after days of torrential rain is likely to rise, the U.N. warned Sunday, as monsoon downpours brought misery to thousands across the region.

At least 27 people have been killed and more than 150,000 affected by flooding in Myanmar in recent days, with the government declaring the four worst-hit areas in central and western Myanmar as "national disaster-affected regions".

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