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Seven Hurt at Major Protest in Sudan's Darfur

At least seven people, including members of the security forces, were injured in Sudan's troubled Darfur region on Tuesday during a major Arab Spring-style protest over rising prices, a witness said.

Four bleeding demonstrators and three security officers were taken away for medical treatment from the demonstration in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur state, said the witness.

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U.S. Man Guilty of Aiding Somali Militants

A Chicago man pleaded guilty Monday to attempting to provide support to a designated terrorist organization by traveling to Somalia to join the Shabab, prosecutors said.

Shaker Masri, 28, was born in Alabama and lived in Chicago's upscale Gold Coast neighborhood prior to his 2010 arrest, hours before he was scheduled to travel to Somalia.

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Fake Bomb Triggers Evacuation around U.S. Embassy in Oslo

The discovery of a suspected bomb triggered the evacuation of the area around the U.S. embassy in downtown Oslo on Tuesday but it turned out to be a fake, police said.

"A group of bomb disposal experts from the Oslo police district has removed the object and observed that it is an exercise bomb," police said in a statement.

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Brazil Braces for 'Trial of the Century'

Dozens of former party and government officials go on trial Thursday in Brazil's biggest corruption scandal, which could tarnish the ruling Workers' Party (PT) and its popular ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

The 38 defendants set to appear before Brazil's Supreme Court in what the press here has billed "the trial of the century" are ex-ministers, lawmakers, businessmen and bankers linked to an alleged vote-buying scheme in Congress between 2002 and 2005.

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Pakistan, U.S. Sign NATO Convoy Deal

Pakistan on Tuesday signed a deal with the United States governing arrangements for NATO convoys travelling to Afghanistan, seeking to draw a line under a seven-month border blockade.

Islamabad agreed to reopen land routes for NATO goods on July 3 after ordering the longest border closure of the 10-year war in neighboring Afghanistan in protest at botched U.S. air raids that killed 24 Pakistani troops.

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India’s Power Cut Knocks Out Half of Country's Power

India's northern and eastern power grids collapsed on Tuesday, blacking out half the country and affecting hundreds of millions of people in the second day of electricity chaos.

"We are busy with the revival right now... Both the Northern and Eastern grids have collapsed. Please allow us to address the problem," V.K. Agrawal, the general manager of the northern grid, told Agence France Presse.

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French Forces Withdraw from Afghan District

The French military completed an important step in its accelerated withdrawal from Afghanistan on Tuesday as it pulled out of a district outside Kabul.

Control of the district of Surobi, east of Kabul, passed to Afghan forces in April but the French formally left on Tuesday after a short flag-lowering ceremony.

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U.N. Visits North Korea after Heavy Rain, Floods

U.N. staff visited storm-pounded counties in North Korea on Tuesday, after two days of heavy rain submerged buildings, cut off power, flooded rice paddies and forced people and their livestock to climb onto rooftops for safety.

The rain Sunday and Monday followed downpours earlier this month that killed nearly 90 people and left more than 60,000 homeless, officials said. The floods also come on the heels of a severe drought, fueling renewed food worries about a country that already struggles to feed its people.

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Australian Police Seize $500 mln Drug Ring

Australian police have seized half a billion dollars' worth of crystal methamphetamine and heroin after smashing a Hong Kong-linked international drugs syndicate, they said Tuesday.

Police raided addresses in Sydney on Monday, arresting seven people after allegedly finding 306 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine -- known as 'ice' -- and 252 kilograms of heroin worth a total of Aus$500 million (U.S. $525 million).

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Colorado Shooter Faces 24 Murder, 116 Attempted Murder Charges

Prosecutors charged grad school dropout James Holmes on Monday with killing a dozen people and trying to slay scores more in one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history.

The 24-year-old neuroscience student allegedly burst into a midnight viewing of the latest Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises," then opened fire into the packed auditorium with a high-powered assault rifle.

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