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Radical Cleric Abu Hamza Set for Extradition to U.S.

Britain on Tuesday prepared to hand over radical Muslim preacher Abu Hamza to the United States on terrorism charges after the European Court of Human Rights rejected his final appeal.

The Strasbourg-based court on Monday upheld an April 10 ruling against the Egyptian-born terror suspect and four others which had approved their extradition by London, ending a long legal battle.

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Armenian Soldier Killed at Azerbaijani Border

Azerbaijani forces killed an Armenian soldier on Tuesday on the border between the enemy ex-Soviet states, the Defense Ministry in Yerevan said.

"Serviceman Vaghinak Baghdasarian was killed by enemy fire," a brief Defense Ministry statement said without giving further details.

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U.N. Summit Leaders Say Assad Must Go

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday said the Syria "calamity" is turning into a global crisis as U.S. President Barack Obama led growing calls for an end to Bashar Assad's rule.

Condemnations of Assad marked the opening day of the U.N. General Assembly of world leaders, as the conflict passes 18 months and the international community remains deadlocked over how to end the bloodshed.

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Pakistan Minister Stands by Film-Maker Bounty

A Pakistani government minister who offered $100,000 for the death of a film-maker who produced an anti-Islam movie stood by the bounty Tuesday, saying it was the "only way" to stop insults to the prophet Mohammed.

Railways minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour sparked international condemnation when he offered the blood money and urged the Taliban and Al-Qaeda to carry out what he called the "noble deed".

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Nigeria Says Senior Islamist Killed, 156 Arrested in Raids

Nigeria's military said Tuesday that it has killed a senior Boko Haram Islamist leader and arrested 156 suspected members of the group during a weekend raid in northeastern Adamawa state.

"In the three-day operation, the town was placed under 24-hour curfew, which enabled soldiers to comb the nooks and corners," said Lieutenant Saleh Mohammed Buba, military spokesman in Adamawa.

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Military Called in to Help Flood-Hit NE India

Air force helicopters and soldiers in rubber dinghies helped deliver fresh water and food to flood victims in northeast India on Tuesday as the number of displaced rose to 1.8 million.

Nineteen of 27 districts in the state of Assam have been hit by floods and 13 people have been killed over the past week, according to the latest figures from the local disaster management authority.

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Flood Warnings across Northern England after Town Swamped

Swathes of northern England were struggling to hold back flood waters on Tuesday after a historic market town was swamped following a second day of torrential rain.

Dozens of people were evacuated from their homes in Morpeth, Northumberland, in northeast England before the River Wansbeck overwhelmed flood defenses and the waters swept large tree trunks down the river.

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Obama Vows to Keep Iran from Nuclear Weapon

President Barack Obama will tell the United Nations Tuesday that the United States will "do what we must" to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, according to excerpts from his speech.

He also planned to address the Middle East turmoil sparked by an offensive anti-Islam Internet video and the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya in a wide-ranging speech just six weeks before the November 6 U.S. election.

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China Tells Japan to 'Abandon Illusion' over Territory

China told Japan on Tuesday it "must abandon any illusion" it has over a territorial dispute as the two sides held high-level talks over rival claims to East China Sea islands.

Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun said China "will absolutely not tolerate any unilateral action taken by the Japanese side that infringes on China's territorial sovereignty", according to a ministry statement.

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China's First Aircraft Carrier Enters Service

China's first aircraft carrier entered service Tuesday, the defense ministry in Beijing said, as the country expands its blue-water fleet at a time of increasing maritime tensions in the region.

The ministry named the 300-meter (990-foot) vessel, a former Soviet ship bought from Ukraine, the Liaoning after the northeastern province that is home to China's main naval port city of Dalian, where it was refitted.

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