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Labor Reforms Fire up May Day Rallies in France, S.Korea

France braced Sunday for violence at May Day rallies where workers are fired up over labor reforms, while similar fears of eroding rights sent tens of thousands into the streets of South Korea.

From Moscow to Marseille, protests were expected in cities across the globe to celebrate Labor Day as the working classes battle economic crises and unemployment that have fueled anti-government sentiment.

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Iran Parliament Urges Ballistic Missile Improvements

Iran's outgoing parliament approved a motion Sunday to increase the capabilities of the country's ballistic missiles, a military program that has been ruled dangerous by the United Nations.

Tehran considers the missile program an essential deterrent, citing the unprovoked attacks on its cities by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the nations' 1980-1988 war.

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Gunmen on Camels Wound 6 in Darfur Camp Attack

Gunmen riding camels shot and wounded six people in an attack on a camp housing thousands of people displaced by the brutal conflict in Sudan's Darfur, residents said on Sunday.

The attack came late on Saturday at the Kalma camp in South Darfur, one of the largest settlements of people displaced by the violence.

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Iran's New Parliament Has more Women than Clerics

Iran's new parliament will have more women than clerics when its members are sworn in this month, a first in the Islamic republic and a sign of the country's evolving politics.

Official results Saturday showed that reformist and moderate politicians allied with President Hassan Rouhani won a big victory in second round parliamentary elections.

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Three Turkish Soldiers Killed, 14 Wounded in PKK Attack

Three Turkish soldiers were killed and 14 others wounded in an attack Sunday in the Kurdish-dominated southeast blamed on militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the army said.

The attack took place in the Nusaybin district of Mardin province, where the army has been conducting a military operation backed by a curfew against the PKK, it said.

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Car Bomb Kills Two Turkish Police, Wounds 22 near Syria Border

A car bomb on Sunday hit the Turkish city of Gaziantep, a major refugee hub near the Syrian border, killing at least two policemen and wounding 22 other people, with the country on edge after a succession of militant attacks.

In a separate attack in the province of Mardin to the east, three Turkish soldiers died in an ambush by Kurdish militants who have killed hundreds of members of the security forces in a renewed insurgency since last year.

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Taiwan Sends Patrol Ships after Boat Seized by Japan

Taiwan Sunday sent two patrol ships to waters surrounding a Japanese atoll amid a dispute over the seizure of one of the island's fishing boats there.

The detention of the "Tung Sheng Chi 16" near Okinotori-shima last week angered Taiwanese officials, who say Tokyo has no authority over the area.

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U.S. Priest, Vietnam War Protester Daniel Berrigan Dies

Daniel Berrigan, a U.S. Jesuit priest famous for protesting against the Vietnam war, has died at the age of 94, reports said Saturday.

Berrigan rose to prominence when, together with his brother Philip, he led Catholic activists into draft board offices in Maryland, and then set the records on fire in a dramatic move that helped fuel a surge in protests around the United States.

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Bitter Battle to Become London's New Mayor

Londoners choose their new mayor on Thursday after a straight fight between rival candidates Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan dominated by negative campaigning.

In the contest to replace the charismatic Boris Johnson in charge of the British capital, polls put Labor candidate Khan comfortably ahead of his Conservative rival as they enter the final straight.

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London Mayor Wins Popularity despite Poor Report Card

Boris Johnson, the eccentric London mayor who dreams of Brexit and becoming Britain's next Conservative prime minister, has arguably achieved little in the post save making a name for himself.

With a mop of blond hair, a bumbling demeanor and a fondness of drifting into Latin, the erudite 51-year-old has presided over the British capital since 2008.

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