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Cleric Calls off Pakistan Parliament Protest

A Canadian-Pakistani cleric whose supporters have camped outside the country's parliament building since August, demanding the government resign, called off his sit-in protest Tuesday to take the demonstrations countrywide.

Tahir-ul-Qadri arrived in Islamabad in mid-August along with cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and thousands of their supporters, with the aim of forcing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down over alleged rigging in last year's election.

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Canada Fears New Islamist Threat after Soldier Killed

Canada was faced with the specter of Islamist violence on Tuesday after an attack by a suspected jihadist killed a soldier, a day before Ottawa deployed warplanes to bomb Islamic State militants.

The assailant was fatally shot by police on Monday after he ran over two soldiers with his car in a Quebec parking lot -- a scenario which had been depicted only last month in IS propaganda.

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Zimbabwe Rights Chief Says Funding Woes Hamper Operations

Zimbabwe’s human rights agency, created five years ago to curb rights violations, on Tuesday said its operations had been hamstrung by a severe cash crunch.

The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission has received less than 10 percent of its budgetary needs, its chief Elasto Mugwadi said.

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Macedonia Arrests Nine in Corruption Probe

Macedonian police said Tuesday they arrested nine people, including two former MPs and a former defense ministry official, over an alleged $3 million (2.3 million euros) fraud on military helicopter maintenance contracts.

The nine allegedly overpaid for repairs to six defense ministry helicopters in Ukraine, taking part of money for themselves, police spokesman Ivo Kotevski told reporters.

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Ailing Argentine Leader Postpones Trip

Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner has postponed a domestic trip for health reasons, her cabinet chief said Tuesday.

She was diagnosed with pharyngitis, a painful sore throat condition, on Friday and ordered to rest for two days.

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Bodies of Four Babies Found in Canada Storage Locker

The bodies of four babies have been discovered in a storage locker in the western Canadian city of Winnipeg, police said Tuesday.

Police, who said an autopsy was underway, said they are "speaking with a number of individuals" as part of their investigation into the gruesome discovery.

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Pakistan Air Strikes Kill 28 Militants

Pakistan's military Tuesday said it had killed 28 militants in air strikes in the restive tribal region near the Afghan border, a region where it has been battling Islamist groups for more than a decade.

The strikes, that also killed a number of foreign fighters, took place on Tuesday in Dattakhel area of North Waziristan district, a stronghold of Taliban-linked groups, the military said in a statement.

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Pakistan Air Strikes Kill 28 Militants

Pakistan's military Tuesday said it had killed 28 militants in air strikes in the restive tribal region near the Afghan border, a region where it has been battling Islamist groups for more than a decade.

The strikes, that also killed a number of foreign fighters, took place on Tuesday in Dattakhel area of North Waziristan district, a stronghold of Taliban-linked groups, the military said in a statement.

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London Police Arrest 15 People at Occupy Protest

London police on Tuesday said they had arrested 15 protesters who had set up an Occupy camp opposite parliament, but the anti-capitalist demonstrators vowed to continue the protest.

"Fifteen people have been arrested," said a police statement.

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Briton Found Dead with Throat Slashed in Bali

The body of a British man was found Tuesday tied up in a ditch with his throat slashed on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, police said.

Local residents found the man, identified by police as 60-year-old Robert Kelvin Ellis, after they investigated a suspicious looking object next to a paddy field.

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