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Northeast India Ethnic Clashes Toll Rises to 50

The death toll from ethnic unrest in India's northeast rose to 50 on Saturday while at least 400,000 languished in relief camps as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited the conflict-hit area.

The national government has dispatched medical teams to Assam to tend to the victims of the fighting that erupted eight days ago between indigenous Bodo tribes and Muslim settlers over long-running land disputes.

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Pollution Protestors Clash With Police in East China

Thousands of people demonstrating over fears of pollution from a sewage pipeline at a paper factory in east China clashed with police Saturday, the latest in a series of environmental protests.

The protestors overturned two cars and ransacked local government offices in the coastal city of Qidong, near Shanghai, an Agence France Presse photographer said.

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Nepal Jeep Plunge Kills 14 Pilgrims

At least 14 pilgrims were killed when a jeep carrying them to a sacred Hindu site in southern Nepal swerved off a highway and fell 100 meters (330 feet) into a stream below, police said on Saturday.

The jeep was taking the devotees to Ridi, a pilgrimage town in Palpa district, 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of Kathmandu, late Friday when the driver lost control, Nepal Police spokesman Rajendra Singh Bhandari told Agence France Presse.

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Four soldiers Killed, Two Wounded in Restive Thai South

Militants shot dead four soldiers and wounded two others early Saturday in Thailand's volatile south, an army spokesman said, as a surge in violence since the start of Ramadan continued.

The group of six soldiers was attacked as they patrolled a road in the Mayo district of Pattani province.

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U.N. Arms Talks End without Deal

U.N. negotiations to draft the first international treaty on the multi-billion-dollar arms trade have ended without a deal, with some diplomats blaming the United States for the deadlock.

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said Friday he was "disappointed" that member states failed to clinch an agreement after several years of preparatory work and four weeks of negotiations, calling it a "setback."

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Congress Presses Haqqani Network Terror Designation

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution urging the State Department to put the Haqqani network, which operates in Afghanistan and Pakistan, on the U.S. list of terrorist groups.

The late Thursday voted followed the passing of a resolution in the House of Representative last week. It now requires President Barack Obama's signature to enter into force.

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Obama Uses Bill Signing to Show Support for Israel

U.S. President Barack Obama made a show of support for Israel at the White House on Friday, ahead of a weekend visit to the U.S. ally by Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney.

Surrounded in the Oval Office by representatives of the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC and by U.S. lawmakers, Obama signed a law reinforcing U.S. security and military cooperation with Israel.

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China Appoints Officers to South China Sea Garrison

China has appointed military officers at a newly-established garrison in the South China Sea, state media reported Friday, the country's latest step to bolster claims to disputed islands in the area.

Separately, in comments likely to anger Beijing, Japan's defense minister said that his country could dispatch its military to islands in the East China Sea if a territorial dispute there with China escalates.

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Japan May Send Troops to Islands Claimed by China

Japan's defense minister on Friday warned Tokyo could send troops to a chain of East China Sea islands at the center of a territorial row with China if the simmering dispute escalated.

Satoshi Morimoto said Tokyo's position had not changed, but confirmed that it would use force to defend the islands known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese.

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NATO: Afghanistan Insurgent Attacks Up 11%

Insurgent attacks in Afghanistan rose by 11 percent in the past three months over the same period last year, according to the latest figures released by NATO's U.S.-led coalition.

The month of June alone accounted for the highest number of attacks in nearly two years, with more than 3,000 assaults, including firefights and the explosion of homemade bombs, the International Security Assistance Force said.

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