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First PEGIDA 'Anti-Islamisation' Rally Staged in Britain

The German-based PEGIDA movement, which opposes what it calls the "Islamisation" of Europe, was staging its first demonstration on British soil Saturday.

On Facebook, more than 800 people indicated they would attend the rally in Newcastle, northeast England.

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Ally of Ousted Ukraine Leader Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

Ukrainian police on Saturday said a leading ally of former president Viktor Yanukovych was found dead after falling from his 17th storey Kiev flat in an apparent suicide.

Former lawmaker Mykhaylo Chechetov -- one of the most prominent politicians during Kremlin-backed Yanukovych's time in power -- was facing criminal charges for abuse of power over attempts to crush protests that eventually toppled his former boss. 

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With United Front, Arab Israeli Parties Seek More Clout

Israel's once-squabbling Arab parties aim to bolster their influence in parliament to defend the rights of their minority with an unprecedented alliance forged ahead of snap elections.

The parties hope their show of unity will encourage a higher turnout among the 1.3 million Arab-Israelis who make up 20 percent of the population.

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U.S. Court Denies Request to Move Boston Bombings Trial

A U.S. court Friday denied a request by alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his trial to be moved out of the city, just days ahead of opening statements.

A three-judge panel came down in a two-to-one split decision against the move.

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Prince William Dons Samurai Gear on Japan Tour

Britain's Prince William donned the trappings of feudal nobility in Japan Saturday, wearing the helmet and clothes of an ancient samurai during a tour of a TV studio.

The second-in-line to the British throne asked for a sword to complete the outfit, and grinned at photographers as he posed for pictures dressed as a warrior from yesteryear.

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Indonesia Retrieves Last of crashed AirAsia Jet Fuselage

Indonesia has retrieved the final major part of the fuselage of an AirAsia jet that crashed into the Java Sea in December, killing all 162 people on board, officials said Saturday.

The mangled wreckage, the largest part of the plane retrieved, was pulled from the sea Friday and loaded onto a ship, national search and rescue chief Bambang Soelistyo told Agence France Presse.

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Arrests in Maldives after Mass Protest over ex-Leader's Detention

Maldives police said Saturday they arrested 31 supporters of former president Mohamed Nasheed during a mass rally in the honeymoon islands' capital to protest his detention on terror charges. 

Police said the supporters were taken into custody late Friday after thousands took to the streets of Male over authorities' treatment of Nasheed, whose detention has sparked international condemnation.

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Toll in Philippine Clashes with Islamists Rises to 26

A military assault on Islamic militants in the southern Philippines entered its fifth day on Saturday, with the toll rising to 24 guerrillas and two soldiers dead, officials said.

Ten Abu Sayyaf militants were killed in a two-hour clash on Friday after the army pounded their jungle lair on Jolo island with artillery and helicopter gunships, said Colonel Alan Arrojado, who is leading the assault.

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North Korean Leader Tells Army: 'Prepare for War'

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has urged his army to prepare for war with the United States and its allies, state media said Saturday, as Pyongyang ramps up the rhetoric ahead of U.S.-South Korea military drills.

Kim's comments came after South Korea and the United States Friday conducted a joint naval drill involving 10 South Korean warships and a U.S. Aegis destroyer, ahead of the launch of large-scale military exercises that have enraged the North.

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Experts Say Military Operations Force Boko Haram Back to Urban Warfare

Bomb attacks in Nigerian towns and cities look likely to increase in the run-up to forthcoming elections, despite the military claiming increasing successes against Boko Haram in captured territory.

At least 86 people were killed in explosions blamed on Boko Haram this week alone, all of them at crowded bus stations in the northeast, wider north and also in the country's central region.

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