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Italy Arrests Ten Traffickers over Migrant Boat Deaths

Italian authorities said Friday they had arrested ten suspected people smugglers in connection with the deaths by asphyxiation of 52 people who had been forced to remain in the virtually airless hold of an overcrowded migrant boat.

The arrests follow statements made by survivors rescued from the same boat earlier this week and taken to Palermo in Sicily.

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U.S. Teen Jailed more than 11 Years for IS Conviction

A tech-savvy U.S. teenager from Virginia was sentenced to 11 years and four months in prison on Friday for conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State extremist group.

Ali Shukri Amin, 17, from the small town of Manassas an hour's drive from Washington DC, will be subject to a lifetime of supervised release and monitoring of his Internet activities.

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Sweden Says to Meet Ecuador Officials Monday over Assange

Swedish officials will meet their Ecuadorian counterparts on Monday to find a way for Swedish prosecutors to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over a rape allegation.

"It is the first time that we are going to meet and we will discuss a general agreement for judicial cooperation between the two countries," Swedish justice ministry official Cecilia Riddselius told AFP on Friday.

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Indian Troops Kill 6 Rebels in Remote Northeast

Indian security forces on Friday killed at least six suspected armed separatist rebels in the country's insurgency-hit northeastern state of Nagaland, police said.

Police said Indian armed forces killed the rebels from one faction of the National Socialist Council (NSCN) of Nagaland in Tuensang district, close to the Myanmar border.

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U.S. to Iran: Release Hekmati from 'Unjust Detention'

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday urged Iran to free Amir Hekmati, an American who served as a U.S. Marine, from four years of "unjust detention."

Saturday marks the fourth anniversary of Hekmati's imprisonment on what Kerry called "false espionage charges" while Hekmati was visiting relatives in the Islamic republic.

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Myanmar Parliament Suspended ahead of Crunch Polls

Myanmar lawmakers on Friday held their last meetings at parliament as the body was suspended ahead of crucial general elections set to redraw the former junta-ruled nation's political landscape.

The combined houses of parliament will reconvene only after the November 8 vote, the first nationwide poll in a quarter of a century to be contested by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's hugely popular National League for Democracy (NLD).

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Police Launch Probe against Protester for 'Insulting' Merkel

German police said Friday they have launched a criminal probe against a female protester who hurled insults at Chancellor Angela Merkel during her visit to a refugee shelter.

The woman, who has not been named, can be seen shouting "bitch" at Merkel in a video on YouTube, tabloid Bild reported.

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Soldier Kills Two Civilians in Papua

Two people died and three others were injured Friday when a solider opened fire on a group of civilians in Indonesia's restive Papua province, a military official said Friday.

Papua military spokesman Teguh Pudji Rahardjo said the incident began when a soldier was attacked by a mob in Timika.

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Student Shot Dead at U.S. University

A student died early Friday after being shot at a U.S. university in the state of Georgia, in an altercation that triggered a temporary lockdown of the campus.

Christopher Starks, a junior from the Atlanta metropolitan area, died at a local hospital following an "altercation" late Thursday at Savannah State University's student union building, the school said.

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Three Islamic Militants Killed in Philippine Military Clash

Three Islamic militants were killed after the Philippine military on Friday launched a second attempt in two weeks to rescue hostages held by the Abu Sayyaf rebels, the army said.

About 300 Abu Sayyaf fighters retreated after the hour-long firefight in the jungles of the remote southern island of Jolo, said Brigadier-General Alan Arrojado, the military commander in the area.

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