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20 Die in China Coal Mine Accident

A coal mining accident in northern China Tuesday left 20 miners dead and 14 injured, state media said, in the latest incident to hit the industry.

The cable of a rail carriage taking workers into the mine in Gansu province snapped, sending the 34 miners plummeting into the pit, Xinhua news agency reported.

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Clinton: World Must Stand Together Against Extremists

In a round of intense diplomacy in the wake of violent anti-U.S. protests, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met a series of Muslim leaders Monday and urged people to work together against extremists.

"All of us need to stand together to resist these forces and to support the democratic transitions under way in North Africa and the Middle East," Clinton told a donors forum.

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Ahmadinejad Accuses West of Abusing U.N. Veto

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday attacked Western powers for misusing their U.N. veto power in their nuclear showdown with his country and for allowing "sacrilege" against Islam.

Ahmadinejad launched his virulent attack at a United Nations debate on the rule of law at which he said the United States, Britain and France "violate the basic rights and freedoms of other nations."

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Kenyan Soldier Kills Six Presumed Civilians in Somalia

A Kenyan soldier with the African Union force in Somalia killed six people, all thought to be civilians, when he fired on them, a spokesman for the Kenyan Defense Forces said Monday.

"Several people approached a KDF defensive position where a KDF soldier opened fire, killing six people," the army said in a statement.

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Nearly 1.5 Million People Displaced by Floods in India

Floods have forced nearly 1.5 million people to flee their homes in northeastern India where authorities have declared a health alert, officials said on Monday.

"Eighteen of 27 districts of Assam have been hit by floods with 1.4 million displaced and 11 people drowned in separated incidents in the past week," the Disaster Management agency said in a statement.

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Cyprus Bishop Doubts Reunification Possible

Church of Cyprus head Archbishop Chrysostomos II said on Monday that reuniting the island's rival Greek and Turkish communities appeared impossible, in a rare interview accorded to Turkish media.

Chrysostomos told the English-language Hurriyet Daily News that a Cyprus resolution seemed unlikely because of "grandiose expectations" from minority Turkish Cypriots and Turkey.

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Russia Quietly Marks Anniversary of Putin 'Job Swap'

Russia on Monday quietly marked the one-year anniversary of the landmark announcement that Vladimir Putin would return to the Kremlin for a new term which has already seen a fresh clampdown on civil society.

Putin's plan to trade jobs with then president Dmitry Medvedev was unveiled at a ruling United Russia party congress on September 24 last year, followed months later by unprecedented protests against his domination.

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Shebab Threaten to Kill Somali Lawmakers 'One-by-One'

Somalia's al-Qaida linked Shebab threatened Monday to kill all the country's new lawmakers, saying that an MP killed at the weekend in Mogadishu was just the first to be targeted.

"The successful elimination of Mustafa Haji Mohammed was the action of the mujahedeen who are committed to killing all MPs," a Shebab official who asked not to be named told Agence France Presse, saying the group would "kill one-by-one" all other lawmakers.

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Ahmadinejad Sees No Nuclear Progress before U.S. Vote

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in an interview published Monday he did not see any progress on his country's nuclear standoff with the West before the U.S. presidential election in November.

"Experience has shown that important and key decisions are not made in the U.S. leading up to national elections," Ahmadinejad said in an interview with the Washington Post newspaper.

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Japan to Send Foreign Ministry Emissary to China

Japan will send its top foreign affairs bureaucrat to China on Monday for a two-day visit, in a move aimed at cooling the diplomatic temperature in a fiery territorial dispute, officials said.

Vice Foreign Minister Chikao Kawai, the most senior unelected man in the ministry, will meet his Chinese counterpart "to discuss a wide range of bilateral issues based on the current situation," a ministry official said.

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