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Western Canada Rattled by 6.3 Magnitude Quake

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck the coast of western Canada, several hours after a powerful temblor nearby sparked a tsunami warning and sent Hawaiians scrambling, U.S. seismologists said Sunday.

The quake hit at 1854 GMT Sunday at a depth of 5.1 miles (8.2 kilometers) in Canada's Queen Charlotte Islands region north of Vancouver, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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Heavy Fighting Breaks out in Eastern DR Congo

Government troops and unidentified rebel forces clashed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo Sunday, military officials said.

Heavy weapons fire could be heard after 9:00 pm (1900 GMT) at Sake in North Kivu region, about 30 kilometers (20 miles) west of the city of Goma, officials and residents said.

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Obama Campaign Fears Impact of Hurricane Sandy

A top aide to Barack Obama voiced fears Sunday that Hurricane Sandy could hurt the president's re-election chances by reducing turnout, as the impending storm forced both candidates to cancel campaign stops.

Republican challenger Mitt Romney received good news in two key swing states, winning the endorsement in Iowa of the main newspaper, the Des Moines Register, and tying Obama in a newly-released poll in all-important Ohio.

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Ukraine Ruling Party Set to Win Election

Ukraine's ruling party was set to win the most votes in legislative elections on Sunday but faced a strong challenge from the party of ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko whose jailing sparked Western concerns of foul play.

The elections for the 450-seat Verkhovna Rada were a huge test for Ukraine's fragile democracy and already overshadowed by the imprisonment of Tymoshenko who has now spent over a year in jail for abuse of power while in office.

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Cargo Ship with 11 Crew Goes Missing in Russia's Far East

A cargo ship with 11 crew on board went missing Sunday in Russia's Far East in stormy conditions that were making rescue operations difficult, an emergency ministry spokeswoman said.

The "Amurskoye" was traveling to the Shantar Islands in the icy Okhotsk Sea, which lies east of Russia's Khabarovsk region and north of Japan's Hokkaido island.

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Kenyan Police Kill Two in Raid on Suspected Islamists

Kenyan police shot dead two suspected Islamists feared to be plotting attacks in the country's popular tourist coastal region, officials said Sunday.

Shooting broke out as police raided a house in the early hours of Sunday morning in the Majengo suburbs of Mombasa, Kenya's main port, after a tip-off from a suspect arrested on Saturday.

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Snow and Gales Hit Europe, Four Dead, Two Missing

Snow and gales hit France and Switzerland over the weekend, possibly leading to the death of a homeless man in Paris, while searches continued for a missing windsurfer and a 12-year-old British boy who vanished Saturday in the south of France while cycling in a gale.

His bicycle is reported to have been found but there are fears he was swept away by strong winds.

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Mass Evacuations, 100s of Flights Canceled as Hurricane Sandy Nears U.S.

U.S. authorities ordered coastal evacuations and airlines canceled transatlantic flights on Sunday as Hurricane Sandy bore down on the east coast after claiming 66 lives in the Caribbean.

Forecasters warned of catastrophic impacts from the mid-Atlantic to southern New England as the historic storm crashes ashore late Monday or early Tuesday, with New Jersey and New York City bracing for particularly dangerous conditions.

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3 Dead in Bomb Attack on Pakistan Sufi Shrine

A bomb explosion killed at least three people and wounded more than 20 others at a Sufi shrine in Pakistan's northwestern city of Nowshera on Sunday, police said.

The explosion took place near the main gate of Kaka Saheb shrine in the city while people were visiting it on the second day of the Muslim religious festival of Eid-al-Adha.

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Greek People Have Given Everything, Says President

Greek President Carolos Papoulias said Sunday the nation's people have given all they have to drag the country out of its crippling economic crisis, and voiced hope it would end soon.

Papoulias said recovery from the crisis, which has made the heavily indebted country dependent on international aid for two years, has to come "soon, because you cannot ask more from these people who have given everything."

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