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Putin Tells West to 'Draw Lessons,' Stop Interfering

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday world powers should draw lessons from their mistakes and stop interfering in crisis-hit nations of North Africa and the Middle East.

Putin did not address the raging conflict in Syria directly and appeared to be referring to the overall threat of the use of force that has also been applied by Israel and the United States to Iran over its nuclear program.

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Bomb Kills Pakistan Soldier, Wounds 15

A roadside bomb targeting a military convoy Wednesday killed a Pakistani soldier and wounded 15 others in the country's lawless tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said.

The bomb was planted along the route of a convoy of the paramilitary Frontier Corps in Spinwam area about 40 kilometers north of Miranshah, the main town in the North Waziristan region, they said.

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Two NATO Troops Killed in Afghan Suicide Attack

Two NATO soldiers were killed in an insurgent suicide bombing and gun battle in eastern Afghanistan Wednesday, officials said.

The suicide attack was followed by small arms and rocket fire near Puli Alam, the capital town of Logar province which is less than 100 kilometers south of the capital Kabul, Afghan and NATO officials said.

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Ethiopia Says Sudan, South Sudan Edge towards Deal

Sudan and South Sudan leaders are edging close to signing a deal on festering disputes between the rival neighbors on the fourth day of a presidential summit, Ethiopian officials said Wednesday.

"The final result of the negotiation between the two Sudans is expected to be made public by a press conference," Ethiopia's foreign ministry said in a statement.

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Philippines Seeks Gain in Japan-China Row

The Philippines is seeking to lure investment from Japanese companies that are being hurt by their country's bitter territorial dispute with China, a senior trade official said Wednesday.

Japanese firms in China have been targeted in recent weeks by demonstrators angered by the row over the Japan-held Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, claimed by China, which calls them Diaoyu, forcing some to shut down.

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Contempt Threat over Pakistan President Graft Letter

Pakistan's top court Wednesday threatened the government with contempt proceedings after rejecting a draft letter to Swiss prosecutors that ministers hoped would end a legal wrangle over graft cases against the president.

The government finally agreed to write to the Swiss last week about multimillion dollar corruption allegations against President Asif Ali Zardari after nearly three years of resisting court orders to do so.

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French Student on Trial in Turkey on Extremism Charges

A French-Turkish university student went on trial on Wednesday accused of links to an outlawed far-left extremist group in a case that has sparked criticism from human rights groups.

Sevil Sevimli, who was arrested in May and spent three months in jail until her conditional release in August, appeared in court in the northwestern city of Bursa along with five other defendants.

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U.S. Fighters Intercept Two Planes as U.N. Assembly Meets

U.S. fighter jets intercepted two small planes Tuesday after they violated temporary airspace restrictions over the U.N. General Assembly in New York, the North American Aerospace Defense Command said.

The aircraft were intercepted in separate incidents over central New Jersey by two F-22 fighters at around 11:00 am (15:00 GMT), NORAD said in a statement.

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Six Dead in Turkey Bomb Blast

Six people were killed and several others wounded when a bomb apparently targeting police exploded in southeastern Turkey on Tuesday, hospital sources said.

The powerful blast in the center of the province of Tunceli destroyed a police vehicle and hit another vehicle, local security sources told Agence France Presse.

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Several Hurt in Turkey Bomb Blast

A bomb exploded in Kurdish-majority southeastern Turkey on Tuesday as a police vehicle passed by, wounding several people, security sources said.

The powerful blast in the center of Tunceli province destroyed the vehicle, the sources said, and many ambulances were dispatched to the scene.

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