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Delhi Gang-Rape Suspects Formally Charged

Indian police on Thursday formally charged five men with murder, kidnapping and rape following the fatal gang-rape of a young woman that appalled the nation.

"We have filed the charge sheet against the five accused," an investigating police officer told a magistrate hearing the case in the Saket court complex in New Delhi.

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Turkey Court Jails 40 Kurds for Ties to Rebels

A Turkish court on Thursday sentenced to prison 40 Kurds for ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), the first verdict to come in a massive trial involving hundreds of suspects.

The court in Diyarbakir in southeast Turkey handed down jail terms ranging from three months to 17 years for membership in the Union of Kurdistan Communities (KCK), branded by authorities as a "terrorist organization" and an urban wing of the Kurdish rebels.

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Bulgaria Issues Arrest Warrant in Deadly Israeli Tourist Bus Bombing

Sofia has identified and issued an arrest warrant for one of several foreigners believed to have assisted a man who killed six people plus himself in a bomb attack on Israeli tourists in Bulgaria in July, a senior investigator was quoted as saying Thursday.

"The investigation has evidence for the implication of three persons. The identity of one of them has already been established," Stanelia Karadzhova, head of the regional investigation unit in Burgas where the bombing took place, told the 24 Hours newspaper in an interview.

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Turkish Former Army Chief Arrested over 1997 Coup

Turkey's former military chief Ismail Hakki Karadayi was arrested on Thursday for his alleged role in a 1997 coup that forced an Islamic-leaning government out of power, Anatolia news agency reported.

The retired general is later expected to testify before an Ankara court as part of the investigation that was launched in 2011 and led to the arrests of dozens of other military officers.

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Opposition Demands 'Truth' on Chavez Health as Bolivia and Brazil Express Worries

Venezuela's main opposition movement demanded Wednesday that the government tell "the truth" about President Hugo Chavez's health as one of his closest allies said his condition was "very worrying."

"Let's hope our prayers will be effective in saving the life of brother President Chavez," Bolivian President Evo Morales said of the longtime leader of OPEC member Venezuela, which has the world's largest proven oil reserves.

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Gunman Kills Three in Swiss Village

A gunman has opened fire in a village in southern Switzerland, killing three people and wounding two others, police said on Thursday.

The man, who had reportedly been drinking heavily before the shooting and was armed with an assault rifle, launched the attack in the village of Daillon late Wednesday.

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Pakistani Warlord Killed in U.S. Drone Strike

Pakistani warlord Mullah Nazir, who sent men to fight NATO troops in Afghanistan, was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan along with five loyalists, local security officials said Thursday.

He was the main militant commander in South Waziristan, part of Pakistan's northwestern tribal belt considered a base for al-Qaida, the Taliban and other Islamist militants, and a powerful elder in the Wazir tribe.

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Clinton Out of Hospital, Keen to Resume Work

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton left a New York hospital late Wednesday after three days of treatment and is expected to make a full recovery from a rare blood clot in her head.

"Secretary Clinton was discharged from the hospital this evening," a top aide, Deputy Assistant Secretary Philippe Reines, said in a statement, after the 65-year-old diplomat was forced to spend New Year's Eve in a hospital bed.

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U.N. Urges Dialogue in Central African Republic

The United Nations on Wednesday called for dialogue between the Central African Republic's government and the Seleka rebels besieging the country, offering its help to organize talks.

"We continue to follow the situation with serious concern," U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said.

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New Jersey Town's Schools Get Armed Cops

Amid a national debate on how to stop gun massacres in public places, one town in New Jersey began posting armed police at every school on the restart of the academic year Wednesday.

The new policy was the town of Marlboro's response to anguished questions over security in the wake of December's massacre in which a gunman shot 20 young children and six staff dead at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

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