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Mugabe Worried at Divisions Threatening His Ruling Party

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe on Thursday complained that factionalism that forced him into a compromise government with his rivals five years ago was now threatening to tear his party apart.

Addressing party and government officials at an event to celebrate his ZANU-PF party's election victory last year, Mugabe described the power-sharing government with long-time rival Morgan Tsvangirai as "humiliating".

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Renzi: Europeans Must Stay in Libya if They Want Global Role

European nations must stay in Libya if they are serious about tackling major global issues, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Thursday, as renewed fighting triggered mass evacuations of foreigners.

"Staying in Libya signifies trying to have a role in several of the most important geopolitical questions of the coming years: peace, security and immigration," Renzi told members of his Democratic Party.

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India Raps 'Unacceptable' U.S. Surveillance

India's foreign minister told her visiting counterpart John Kerry Thursday that U.S. surveillance of an ally was "unacceptable" after recent allegations that Washington's National Security Agency targeted the ruling party.

"I raised this issue and even told them that when the news came out in the Indian media, people were angry," Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said at a joint press conference with Kerry in New Delhi.

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Army to Dominate New Thai National Assembly

More than half of Thailand's new national assembly, appointed by the junta, will comprise of active or retired military officers, according to an official document published late Thursday.

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej approved the appointment of just over 100 army officers and around a dozen police officers -- serving or retired -- to the 200-seat body which will meet for the first time next week, said the royal gazette.

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CIA Apologizes for Spying on U.S. Senate

The head of the CIA has apologized to U.S. lawmakers after an investigation confirmed claims that his officers had "improperly" accessed Senate computers, the agency said Thursday.

In March, CIA Director John Brennan dismissed allegations the agency had spied on Senate intelligence committee investigators probing torture allegations, insisting: "Nothing could be further from the truth."

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Spain's Supreme Court Receives Paternity Suit against ex-King

A paternity suit against Spain's recently abdicated king Juan Carlos of Spain has been lodged with the nation's Supreme Court by a waiter who believes he is the illegitimate son of the former monarch, a court spokeswoman said Thursday.

The suit was passed on to the Supreme Court on Tuesday by a lower court where it had been under review in light of controversial new legal protections for ex-king Juan Carlos, 76, who lost his total immunity when he quite the throne last month, she said.

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Ukraine Announces Halt to Offensive over MH17 Probe

Kiev on Thursday announced a day-long halt to its deadly offensive to oust pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine after fighting had stalled efforts by international investigators to kickstart a probe into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

International fallout from the crisis tearing apart the ex-Soviet nation rumbled on as the Group of Seven major developed economies warned Moscow that it could face even tougher sanctions over its backing for the insurgents, despite the EU and U.S. already hitting Russia with the most punitive measures since the Cold War.

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Imam of China's Biggest Mosque Killed in Xinjiang

The head of China's largest mosque was murdered after conducting morning prayers, the local government in far western Xinjiang said Thursday, amid intensifying violence in the turbulent region.

Jume Tahir, the government-appointed imam of the 600-year-old Id Kah mosque in the city of Kashgar, was killed Wednesday by "three thugs influenced by religious extremist ideology", the Xinjiang government web portal Tianshan said.

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Russia Has Case to Answer in Litvinenko Death

A British judge said Thursday that the Russian state has a case to answer in the radioactive poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko as he formally opened a public inquiry into the death of the former spy.

Judge Robert Owen said he would be able to hear secret evidence behind closed doors about the 2006 murder of Litvinenko, who accused President Vladimir Putin from his deathbed of being linked to his killing.

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EU Formally Adopts Russia Sanctions

The European Union formally adopted broad economic sanctions against Russia on Thursday, aiming to make it pay a price over the Ukraine crisis in the hope Moscow will reverse course.

They were published in the EU's Official Journal later in the day, meaning that they come into effect on Friday.

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