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Protocol Headache! 4 First Ladies in South Africa as Zuma Marries Again

South Africa's polygamist President Jacob Zuma marries again this weekend, officially giving the country four first ladies and an even bigger protocol headache.

Durban-born businesswoman Bongi Ngema will tie the knot with Zuma, 70, in his home village of Nkandla, in a traditional Zulu ceremony recognized under South Africa's broad legal system.

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Ukraine Opens New Trial against Jailed ex-PM

A Ukrainian court Thursday opened new criminal hearings against the jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko in a case set to further dent the ex-Soviet nation's EU membership hopes.

Tymoshenko faces tax evasion and embezzlement charges relating to her time as head of a state power provider in the 1990s.

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Taliban Condemns U.S. Soldiers Posing with Militants' Remains

Afghanistan's Taliban on Thursday condemned photographs of U.S. soldiers posing with the remains of their militants, calling the two-year-old photos "inhuman" and vowing revenge.

The pictures, which date back to 2010 but were published by the LA Times on Wednesday, add to a string of recent scandals that have ignited anti-Western feeling and complicated NATO-U.S. efforts to build towards a 2014 withdrawal.

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FBI Agent Says 'Bali Bomber' was Explosives Expert

An FBI agent testifying in the trial of the suspected Bali bomb-maker said Thursday the accused had been identified as an explosives expert by other Islamic militants and had planned to kill U.S. troops.

Indonesian prosecutors accuse Umar Patek, who was arrested last year in the same Pakistani town where U.S. commandos later killed al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden, of constructing the bombs that killed 202 people, mostly Westerners.

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India Tests Long-Range Nuclear-Capable Missile

India on Thursday successfully tested a new long-range missile capable of delivering a one-ton nuclear warhead anywhere in regional military rival China, and countries outside Asia.

The 17-metre (56-foot) Agni V, with a range of more than 5,000 kilometers, was launched at 8:05 (02:35 GMT) from a test site off the eastern state of Orissa, according to the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), which built the missile.

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New Poll Shows Obama, Romney in Dead Heat

Republican challenger Mitt Romney has closed the gap with U.S. President Barack Obama and the two are now neck and neck in the White House race, a poll released Wednesday shows.

Romney, the party's presumptive nominee now that his main Republican rival has folded up his campaign, matched Obama 46-46 percent among registered voters who were asked in a CBS News/New York Times poll who they would vote for if the election were today.

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Bashir Threatens to Oust S. Sudan 'Insect' Government

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir threatened Wednesday to overthrow South Sudan's "insect" government, as world powers tried to pull the rivals from the brink of an all-out war after the South seized a key oil field.

"Our main target from today is to liberate South Sudan's citizens from the SPLM (Sudan People's Liberation Movement)," Bashir said, adding that the southern regime cannot be called a "movement".

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Russia Forms 'Police Crimes' Unit for Torture Claims

Russian authorities sought on Wednesday to calm mounting anger at shocking cases of police brutality by creating a special unit for crimes committed by the vast, corruption-tainted force.

The powerful Investigative Committee's decision to form the police crimes division follows a spate of reports of officers -- many of them in their early 20s or straight out of school -- torturing suspects to death.

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Breivik Wants Death or Acquittal, Warns of New Attacks

Anders Behring Breivik said Wednesday he should be executed if found guilty of last year's mass killings in Norway, telling his trial that other lone extremists were plotting to emulate his attacks.

On day three of his trial, Breivik, who stands accused of committing "acts of terror", acknowledged it was unrealistic to expect the death sentence in a country which does not allow capital punishment.

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China Calls for Calm after N. Korea Threats

China urged calm and restraint Wednesday after North Korea warned of retaliation over the United States' suspension of much-needed food aid following Pyongyang's recent failed rocket launch.

In a defiant statement late Tuesday, the isolated nation also broke off an agreement with Washington to halt testing of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles, raising fears Pyongyang would stage a new atomic test.

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