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Taliban Vow Revenge for U.S. Soldier's Rampage

The Taliban on Monday vowed revenge for a U.S. soldier's killing spree of 16 villagers in Afghanistan that has sparked a new crisis in already fragile Afghan-American relations.

The U..S soldier walked off his base, heavily armed and with night vision equipment, and broke into three village homes before dawn Sunday, killing 16 people including women and children, according to Western and Afghan sources.

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Merkel Says in Afghanistan that 2014 German Pullout not Certain

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday she could not be sure that troops could be withdrawn from war-torn Afghanistan by 2014 as planned, as she made a surprise trip to the country.

The point has not yet been reached where Germany can say "we can pull out today," Merkel said, according to German news agency DPA. "And therefore, I can also not say that we will manage that by 2013/2014. The will is there, we want to do that and we are working towards that," she said.

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11 Dead after Suicide Attack on Nigerian Church

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Catholic church in central Nigeria on Sunday, killing seven people and sparking panic in which security forces shot three others dead.

It was the second suicide attack on a church in the flashpoint central city of Jos in two weeks, after a February 26 attack claimed by Islamist sect Boko Haram killed three people and injured dozens.

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Sarkozy Banks on Mass Rally to Lift Flagging Election Hopes

French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday chartered TGV high-speed trains and fleets of buses to ferry in supporters from across France for a mass rally aimed at boosting his flagging re-election bid.

Up to 60,000 people were expected at the rally in an exhibition hall at Villepinte north of Paris, which the president hopes will turn the tide against his front-running Socialist rival with just over a month to go before election day.

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U.S. Commander Vows Full Accountability for Afghan Shooting

The U.S. commander of the NATO-led force in Afghanistan promised a "rapid and thorough investigation" into a killing spree by a U.S. soldier that claimed 16 lives, including nine children.

"I am absolutely dedicated to making sure that anyone who is found to have committed wrong-doing is held fully accountable," General John Allen, the commander of the International Security Assistance Force, said.

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Explosion Targets Central Nigeria Church, 3 Killed

A car laden with explosives detonated outside of a Catholic church Sunday in a restive city in central Nigeria, killing at least three people and injuring others, a rescue official said.

The blast happened Sunday morning outside of St. Sinba's Catholic Church in the city of Jos.

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Kenya Faces New Terror Threat as 6 Die in Grenade Attack

Kenya faced a new terror threat on Sunday after a grenade attack blamed on Somali Islamist militia killed six people and injured 63 in a bus terminal in the capital Nairobi.

Four grenades were thrown Saturday night only yards apart from a car driving past the busy terminal, Internal Security Minister George Saitoti said Sunday.

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Suicide Blast at Pakistan Funeral Kills 15

A suicide bomber blew himself up at a funeral near the northwestern city of Peshawar on Sunday, killing at least 15 people and wounding more than 30 others, police and hospital officials said.

The blast went off near a graveyard where people had just offered funeral prayers in the Badaber area on the outskirts of Peshawar, senior police officer Kalam Khan said.

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Rogue U.S. Soldier Kills 15 Afghans in Kandahar

Fifteen Afghans were killed by a rogue American soldier who walked off his base and opened fire on them in their homes in the early hours of Sunday, Afghan and Western sources said.

The toll could not be independently confirmed, but NATO's International Security Assistance Force said it has arrested a soldier "in connection to an incident that resulted in Afghan casualties in Kandahar province.”

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Japan Marks 1 Year since Quake, Tsunami Disaster

Through silence and prayers, people across Japan on Sunday remembered the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck the nation one year ago, killing just over 19,000 people and unleashing the world's worst nuclear crisis in a quarter century.

A moment of silence was observed at 2:46 p.m. — the exact time the magnitude-9.0 quake struck on March 11, 2011.

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