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Sudanese POWs Arrive in Southern Capital amid New Clashes

The first batch of Sudanese prisoners of war captured in days of bloody fighting arrived in the South Sudanese capital Sunday, as the South's army said clashes continued in contested border regions.

"We are respecting the international laws on war," South Sudanese army spokesman Philip Aguer told reporters, adding the prisoners were captured in the contested Heglig oil field, seized last week by Southern troops.

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Coordinated Militant Attacks Rock Afghanistan

Suicide bombers struck across Afghanistan in coordinated attacks Sunday, with explosions and gunfire rocking the diplomatic enclave in the capital as militants took over a hotel and tried to enter parliament.

Taliban insurgents claimed the attacks in Kabul with a spokesman saying by mobile phone text message that "a lot of suicide bombers" were involved.

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For Obama Abroad, Side Issues Tend to Befall him

President Barack Obama might be noticing a familiar pattern. Whether it's allegations of Secret Service personnel consorting with prostitutes, candid moments caught live on microphones or launching bombs over Libya, his foreign trips seem to get overshadowed by distractions.

That's been the case on the coast of Colombia, where Obama will wrap up a weekend summit with a news conference that may well force him to confront the latest troubles — misconduct claims against Secret Service and military personnel assigned to make Cartagena secure for his visit.

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5 Dead as Tornado Strikes Oklahoma Town

Five people died when a tornado struck in and around the northwest Oklahoma town of Woodward early Sunday, one of a series of tornadoes that erupted across the Midwest and Plains over the weekend, U.S. authorities said.

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain said early Sunday that state medical examiner's office had confirmed five fatalities in the Woodward area. Cain said she didn't know the gender or age of the victims or details of their death.

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At Least 15 Dead in 2 China Mine Floods

At least 15 miners were killed in two mine floods in China over the weekend, as rescuers frantically pumped mining shafts in search of seven still missing in the accidents, state press said Sunday.

The death toll in a flood that occurred early Friday at the illegally operating Shanfu coal mine in north China's Shanxi province rose to 10, Xinhua news agency said. One miner remains missing and rescue operations continue.

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New Voice, Same Message as N. Korea Shows Off Military

As goose-stepping troops paraded in a square named after his grandfather, North Korea's new leader spoke in public for the first time Sunday -- but the message was unchanged from previous generations.

"We must strengthen our military in every possible way... and accomplish the goal of building a powerful and prosperous socialist state," Kim Jong-Un told crowds at a parade glorifying the dynasty which has ruled the country throughout its history.

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100 Rebels Put Out of Action in Afghanistan in One Day

Afghan authorities said Sunday that almost 100 Taliban-linked rebels were taken out of action -- killed, captured or wounded -- in a day of operations by Afghan forces helped by their NATO allies.

The casualties were inflicted in multiple operations across the troubled country at the weekend, said the interior ministry, which controls the police and leads anti-Taliban forces along with the defense ministry.

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Nearly 400 Inmates Escape Pakistan Jail after Attack of Militants

Some 384 prisoners including militants escaped early Sunday from a jail in northwestern Pakistan after an attack by insurgents armed with guns, grenades and rockets, officials said.

More than 150 heavily-armed Islamist militants stormed the central prison outside the restive northwestern town of Bannu bordering the lawless tribal regions where Taliban and al-Qaida linked militants are known to operate.

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Five Killed, Six Wounded in Sudanese Air Raid

Five people were killed and six wounded in Sudanese airstrikes on Bentiu, capital of the oil-rich South Sudan border state of Unity, on Saturday.

"Three bombs were released next to Bentiu Bridge, and at the moment one person is confirmed killed. But they did not break the bridge," said Gideon Gatfan, spokesman of the Unity State government.

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Firebrand French Leftist Kicks Off Weekend of Key Rallies

Firebrand leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon gathered thousands of supporters in Marseille on Saturday, on a weekend of rallies before the first round of France's presidential vote.

Communist-backed Melenchon, who has shaken up the vote with a surge in the polls, will be hoping for a repeat of rallies in Paris and Toulouse that were the biggest of the campaign, drawing tens of thousands onto the streets.

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