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U.S. Judge Delays al-Qaida Suspect Trial to Jan 12

A U.S. judge on Wednesday delayed until January 12 the trial of a Libyan computer expert and Saudi businessman accused over the 1998 Al-Qaida bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa.

The attacks in Kenya and Tanzania killed 244 people and wounded more than 5,000 others.

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At Berlin Wall, Kerry Warns of New East-West Tensions

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited remnants of the Berlin Wall on Wednesday and warned that East-West tensions again threaten freedom in Europe, 25 years after its collapse.

Speaking where the Cold War frontier once split the German city, Kerry said what was left of the Wall served as a reminder that freedoms "are still being threatened in too many parts of the world, and they are even being threatened right here in Europe".

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U.S. Girls Stopped in Germany, Suspected of Trying to Join IS

Three teenage American girls who were suspected of wanting to join Islamic State jihadists were sent home after they were intercepted in Germany, U.S. media reports said Wednesday.

The three Colorado girls, of Sudanese and Somali origin, were heading for Turkey when they were stopped by German authorities at Frankfurt airport, CNN said.

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U.S., Canada Air Defenses on Alert after Gunman Kills Soldier at Canadian Parliament

Gunfire echoed through the Gothic halls of the Canadian parliament Wednesday as police swarmed in to tackle a gunman who had shot a soldier outside before storming the building.

Initial reports at the scene suggested that one attacker had been shot by police inside the building while up to two more were feared to be at large, as officers sealed off the area.

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Two Somali Reporters Released on bail, Two still Jailed

Two Somali journalists from a major radio station have been released on bail after two months in jail but two others remain behind bars accused of inciting violence, colleagues said Wednesday.

Radio Shabelle owner Abdimalik Yusuf Mohamud was released on bail Tuesday, but was ordered to surrender his British passport and remain in Somalia until the court decides if the case will proceed to trial, the National Union of Somali Journalists said.

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Poll: Poroshenko Party Short of Majority in Ukraine Vote

The last major poll published Wednesday ahead of Ukraine's parliamentary election showed President Petro Poroshenko's party seizing up to a third of seats but reliant on help from nationalist parties to form a ruling coalition.

The Kiev-based Foundation for Democratic Initiatives said just over 30 percent of respondents who had made up their minds and intended to vote in Sunday's ballot preferred the pro-Western Petro Poroshenko Bloc.

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Iran's Zarif Heading to Spain, China next Week

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will visit Spain next week before heading to China for the fourth regional conference on Afghanistan, an official said Wednesday.

The trip to Madrid is to expand bilateral ties, ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said at her weekly press briefing in Tehran, without confirming Zarif's day of departure.

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Top Pakistan Clerics Call for Harmony ahead of Holy Month

Pakistan's top religious body Wednesday called for a ban on religious hate speech and greater harmony between sects ahead of a holy month usually marred by anti-Shiite violence.

The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) added that labeling any Muslim sect "non-believers" was condemnable and deserving of death.

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American Freed by North Korea Arrives in U.S.

An American man held for five months in North Korea has arrived back in the United States, U.S. television reported Wednesday, showing his plane landing at an airport in Ohio.

Jeffrey Fowle, 56, whose release was announced Tuesday, arrived at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, according to the television reports.

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International Military Observers to Deploy in Mozambique

Military observers from up to nine countries will be deployed across Mozambique later this month, to ensure post-election tensions do not spell a return to violence.

Government minister Jose Pacheco said that details of the mission were still "a work in progress", but the deployment will begin on October 29.

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