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Fire aboard U.S. Nuclear Submarine, 6 Injured

At least six people were injured when a fire broke out on a U.S. nuclear submarine at a dockyard in the state of Maine, but the nuclear reactor on board was not in danger, the navy said Thursday.

The fire broke out around 6:00 pm (22:00 GMT) Wednesday on the USS Miami -- which was in the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for maintenance and upgrades -- and was still burning early Thursday, according to port spokeswoman Tami Remick.

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U.S. Drone Strike Kills 8 Militants in Pakistan

A U.S. drone strike Thursday killed eight militants in a Taliban stronghold of Pakistan's tribal belt, bringing the death toll from such strikes to 12 in two days, Pakistani officials said.

"The drone fired two missiles on a house in Hassokhel town," 25 kilometers (16 miles) east of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, a security official said.

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Iran Media Say P5+1 Proposal 'Unbalanced'

Iran media on Wednesday slammed a proposal made by world powers seeking to scale back Tehran's nuclear program as "unbalanced" and failing to address other outstanding issues.

State media, including the Islamic Republic News Agency, all called the proposal made to Iranian officials in talks in Baghdad "outdated, not comprehensive and unbalanced."

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Strong 6.1 Quake Shakes Japan

A strong 6.1-magnitude undersea earthquake rattled northeast Japan at around midnight on Wednesday, but there were neither immediate reports of damage nor tsunami alert.

The quake hit at 1502 GMT at a depth of 40 kilometers (25 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said, 120 kilometers from the city of Hakodate, on the northern Hokkaido island.

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UK Supreme Court to Give Assange Judgment May 30

Britain's Supreme Court said on Wednesday it will give its judgment in the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's long-running fight against extradition to Sweden on May 30.

The court announced the date in a statement on its website, saying the judgment would start at 9:15 am (0815 GMT) next Wednesday and would last around 10 minutes.

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Russia Says Iran Ready for 'Concrete Action'

Russia said on Wednesday that Iran was ready to hold serious talks on its nuclear program that could lead to a gradual lifting of sanctions in exchange for broader transparency from Tehran.

"We have a clear understanding... that Iran is ready to agree on concrete actions," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters, without elaborating.

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Afghans Thwart Suicide Attacks in Kabul

Afghan intelligence agents on Wednesday arrested five suicide bombers with hundreds of kilos of explosives near Kabul international airport.

"We have arrested five suicide attackers with 560 kilograms of explosives in a minivan just near the gate of Kabul international airport," National Directorate of Security (NDS) spokesman Lutfullah Mashal told Agence France Presse.

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Iran, World Powers Seek Breakthrough in Baghdad

World powers pressing Iran to scale back its nuclear program Wednesday offered a new batch of incentives that however fell short of the sanctions relief sought by Tehran, which made a counter-proposal.

A spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, the lead negotiator for the P5+1 -- the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany -- said its proposals made at the meeting in Baghdad were "of interest to Iran."

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Report: 3 Kurdish Rebels Killed in Southeast Turkey

Three Kurdish rebels were killed Tuesday in a gunbattle with security forces in southeastern Turkey, Turkish media said Wednesday.

The firefight erupted Tuesday around 16:05 GMT in a rural area near the town of Ovacik in Tunceli province; Anatolia news agency cited the provincial governor's office as saying.

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Warsaw Commuter Trains Crash Head-On, 2 Hurt

Two commuter trains collided head-on in Warsaw Wednesday, injuring two people, on a stretch of railway near Poland's new national stadium where the Euro 2012 football championships kick off in June.

The crash caused major train delays, Polish State Railways spokesman Miroslaw Siemieniec said, according to PAP news agency. He said it was not yet known why both trains were travelling in opposite directions on the same track.

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