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French Journalists Handed Short Jail Terms in Papua, to Walk Free

Two French journalists were Friday handed short jail terms for illegally reporting in Indonesia's Papua province, but will walk free next week after already having served the time in custody, their lawyer said.

Thomas Dandois, 40, and Valentine Bourrat, 29, were detained at the start of August while making a documentary for Franco-German television channel Arte about the separatist movement in eastern Papua.

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Let's 'Finish the Job' on Nuclear Deal, U.S. Tells Iran

America's top negotiator leading talks to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions Thursday called on Iranian leaders to "make the right choice," saying now was the time to reach a deal.

"If Iran truly wants to resolve its differences with the international community -- and facilitate the lifting of economic sanctions -- it will have no better chance than between now and November 24," Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman said.

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Family: Sudan Security Agents Arrest Journalist

Sudanese security forces arrested a journalist for the London-based Arabic-language newspaper Al-Hayat in Khartoum Thursday, his family said, unaware of the reasons for his detention.

Agents from the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) arrested Al-Nur Ahmad al-Nur, a Sudanese reporter for Al-Hayat, at around 6:00 pm (1500 GMT) on the central Mek Nimir street.

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SKorean Defense Chief: Kim Jong-Un Seems in Control of North

Kim Jong-Un at least "on the surface" appears to be in control of North Korea, South Korea's Defense Minister Han Min-Koo said Thursday after holding talks with U.S. Defense chief Chuck Hagel.

Han offered a carefully measured assessment when asked whether he believed Kim, who returned to the public eye earlier this month after dropping out of sight for nearly six weeks, was fully in command of the nuclear-armed, totalitarian state.

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U.S., SKorea Delay Seoul's Wartime Control of Forces

U.S. and South Korean officials agreed Thursday to delay transfer of the Pentagon's control of Korean troops in the event of war with the North, with no new transfer date set.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said after meeting with South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-Koo that their memorandum of understanding outlined a "conditions-based process" for the transfer instead of relying on a timeline.

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Ottawa X-ray Technologist Sentenced to 12 Years in Terror Plot

A former Ottawa x-ray technologist was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison for conspiring to facilitate terrorism, officials said.

Misbahuddin Ahmed, 30, was convicted in July, but was acquitted of a more serious charge of bomb-making for terrorist purposes.

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Latest White House Intruder Charged

A man who jumped the White House fence was charged Thursday with two felony counts for allegedly kicking and punching two guard dogs that were hailed for their bravery in tackling him.

Dominic Adesanya, 23, scaled the north fence of the presidential mansion on Wednesday evening in yet another security breach, before lashing out at the animals when they ran to intercept him.

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Mexican Governor Steps Aside over Disappearances

The governor of Guerrero state announced Thursday that he's stepping aside while an investigation continues nearly a month after 43 students disappeared and six people were killed in an attack that has implicated local police and politicians in the city of Iguala.

Gov. Angel Aguirre Rivero said he is putting his duties on hold and will let the state's lawmakers decide who should lead the southern Mexico state.

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U.N. Chief Calls for Resumption of Cyprus Ralks

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday called for a quick resumption of Cyprus peace talks that were suspended during a dispute over rights to offshore oil and gas.

Ban made the appeal after meeting with U.N. envoy Espen Barth Eide who is brokering talks between Cypriot Greek and Turkish leaders on the divided island.

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Bangladesh War Criminal Ghulam Azam Dead at 91

Bangladeshi war criminal Ghulam Azam, who was sentenced last year to 90 years in prison for masterminding atrocities during the country's 1971 independence war, died late Thursday aged 91.

Azam was the wartime head of Jamaat-e-Islami -- the country's largest Islamist party, later turning into its spiritual leader and a key player in the country's politics.

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