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U.N. Envoy: Rape in Abyei, Darfur Camps Denied Aid

The U.N. human rights envoy for Sudan on Wednesday highlighted reports of rape in Abyei after the army's occupation last month and criticized Khartoum for failing to provide essential aid to newly displaced Darfuris since January.

"I received allegations of killings, rape and other forms of inhuman and degrading treatment during and subsequent to the attack" on Abyei, Mohamed Chande Othman told a news conference in Khartoum at the end of an eight-day visit.

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Iran to Triple Capacity to Enrich 20% Uranium, Paris Slams 'Provocation'

Iran plans to triple its capacity to purify uranium later this year when it transfers the work from the central city of Natanz to the Fordo site, the country's nuclear chief said on Wednesday.

"We will transfer the 20 percent enrichment from Natanz to the Fordo site this year, under the supervision of the (International Atomic Energy) Agency," Fereydoon Abbasi Davani was quoted as saying by state television's website.

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Zawahiri Vows to Pursue Bin Laden's 'Jihad'

Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaida's long-time number two, has vowed in a video eulogy to Osama bin Laden to pursue his late leader's "jihad" against the West, SITE Intelligence Group reported Wednesday.

"We will pursue the jihad until we expel the invaders from Muslim lands," he was quoted as saying in a eulogy for Bin Laden who was killed in a U.S. raid in Pakistan on May 2.

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Britain Backs Ban for 2nd Term as U.N. Chief

Britain is supporting Ban Ki-moon for a second five-year term as U.N. chief, becoming the fourth permanent member of the U.N. Security Council to back him, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday.

"I am glad to support Ban Ki-moon in his candidacy for a second term as Secretary General of the United Nations," Cameron said in a statement.

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U.S. Strike Kills 20 in Pakistan

U.S. missiles struck a militant training camp in Pakistan's tribal district of North Waziristan on Wednesday, killing 20 fighters close to the Afghan border, security officials said.

The camp in the Shawal area was run by fighters loyal to Pakistani warlord Hafiz Gul Bahadur, whose loyalists attack in Afghanistan, and was targeted by five US missiles at around 12:00pm (0700 GMT), the Pakistani officials said.

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Malaysia Holds Suspect over 'Terror Recruitment'

Malaysia's police chief said Wednesday an Indonesian businessman had been held under the country's tough security laws for recruiting for regional terror group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI).

Police officials on Tuesday said Abdul Haris Syuhadi, 63, had been detained over the weekend at his home in central Selangor state under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for alleged terrorism activities.

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Report: 10 Killed in Turkey Bus Accident

Ten people were killed on Wednesday when a passenger bus overturned and burned after hitting a road sign in northern Turkey, media reports said.

Another 29 people were injured, including four critically, a traffic official told news channel NTV. The accident occurred in the Black Sea province of Giresun, the official said, adding that it was suspected the driver had fallen asleep.

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Sources: N. Korea Test-Fired Missile to ‘Improve Capability’

North Korea test-fired a short-range missile off its west coast last week in the first such launch for 19 months, South Korean sources said Wednesday.

The launch was seen as a routine test to improve the country's missile capability, the sources said, declining to give details. The defense ministry had no comment.

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Protesters Clash with Police in China over Wage Dispute

Hundreds of people battled police and destroyed cars in southern China after a factory worker was wounded in a knife attack over a wage dispute, authorities and media said Wednesday.

Eighteen people were injured and nine were detained in Guangdong province's Chaozhou city on Monday when police tried to quell a protest involving more than 200 migrant workers, the local government and Global Times newspaper said.

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U.S. Calls for Sudan Clashes to 'Cease Immediately'

The United States called Tuesday for clashes in Sudan to "cease immediately," expressing concern over reports of several fatalities in the fighting between the northern and southern armies.

Washington is "deeply troubled" by United Nations reports that six people have been killed in the fighting in Kadugli, capital of volatile South Kordofan state, State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters.

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