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U.N. Condemns Attacks on Churches in Nigeria

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the attacks targeting Christian churches in Nigeria and called for an end to violence there.

"The secretary general expresses his sympathy and condolences to the people of Nigeria and to the bereaved families who have lost loved ones," a spokesman for Ban said Sunday.

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Israel Lawmakers to Debate Recognizing Armenia Genocide

An Israeli parliamentary committee is to hold a debate on Monday on recognizing genocide in Armenia, a move likely to further strain already tense relations with Turkey.

The education committee is to convene at 10 am (08:00 GMT) to discuss a proposal to mark April 24, the day when Turkish mass killings of Armenians started in 1915, as a memorial day for "the massacre of the Armenian people."

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S. Korea Delegations Cross Border to Mourn Kim's Death

A former South Korean first lady and a leading businesswoman crossed the border to North Korea Monday to pay respects to its late leader Kim Jong-Il.

Lee Hee-Ho, 89, widow of late president Kim Dae-Jung, and Hyundai Group chairwoman Hyun Jung-Eun, 56, will also meet officials during their two-day trip.

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Seven Dead in U.S. Christmas Shooting

Police found seven bodies in an apartment on Sunday in the U.S. state of Texas after what officials described as a Christmas Day murder-suicide.

Two handguns were discovered at the apartment in Grapevine, Texas, near Dallas, and there were no signs of forced entry.

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100 Injured by Christmas Fireworks in Buenos Aires

More than 100 people were taken to hospital in Argentina's capital, some with serious burns and eye injuries, after they were hurt by Christmas fireworks, medical officials said Sunday.

"We had a 20 percent increase over last year, with 57 patients admitted with severe eye injuries," said Fernando Pellegrino, head of emergencies at the Santa Lucia Eye Hospital.

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Turkey Accuses Sarkozy of Breaking Promise on Genocide Bill

Turkey's deputy prime minister Sunday accused French President Nicolas Sarkozy of breaking a promise that the parliament would not pass a bill criminalizing the denial of genocide in Armenia.

French lawmakers voted Thursday to jail and fine anyone in France who denies that the 1915 killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire amounted to genocide, prompting Turkey to suspend political and military cooperation with Paris.

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Putin Team Defiant after Protest Rocks Russia

Vladimir Putin still has the support of a majority of Russians, his spokesman said Sunday after a mass protest challenged the premier's authority two months before he stands in presidential polls.

Organizers said 120,000 people attended the rally in central Moscow Saturday where protesters chanted slogans against Prime Minister Putin and called for the annulment of disputed December parliamentary elections won by his party.

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15 Killed in Suicide Attack in Northeast Afghanistan

At least 15 people, including an Afghan MP, were killed Sunday in a suicide attack on a funeral procession in northeast Afghanistan, a provincial governor said.

"In a funeral ceremony this afternoon a suicide attacker targeted the gathering killing 15 people including Abdul Mutalib, a member of parliament from Takhar, and wounding 35 others," said Abdul Jabar Taqwa, the governor of Takhar.

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38 Haitian Migrants Die when Boat Sinks Off Cuba

Cuba says 38 Haitian migrants have died after a boat they were in sank off the island's eastern coast.

According to an official communiqué read out on state television, 87 others were rescued by Cuban civil defense forces after Saturday's shipwreck, including four children. A search was on for more survivors.

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3 Indian Soldiers Killed in Kashmir Shooting

An official says a group of paramilitary soldiers have opened fire on each other inside a camp in Indian Kashmir, killing three soldiers.

Paramilitary spokesman Mohsen Shahedi said Sunday that officials were investigating the cause of the altercation inside the paramilitary camp in Kulgam, a town in the disputed Himalayan region.

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