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Prosecutors Charge Cameron's ex-Aide with Phone-Hacking

British prosecutors Tuesday charged Prime Minister David Cameron's ex-media chief Andy Coulson and former tabloid editor Rebekah Brooks with phone hacking as the scandal lapped at Downing Street's door.

The Crown Prosecution Service announced that eight people, all either current or former employees of Rupert Murdoch's now defunct News of the World tabloid, would face charges of illegal interception of voicemails.

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Report: Armed Conflict Possible in South China Sea

Tensions over competing claims in the South China Sea could escalate into conflict, with an arms build-up among rival nations raising the temperature, an international think tank warned Tuesday.

Prospects of solving the disputes "seem to be diminishing" after a recent failure by the 10-nation ASEAN grouping to hammer out a "code of conduct" that would govern actions in the sea, the International Crisis Group (ICG) said.

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Sudan Says S. Sudan Treating Wounded Darfur Rebels

Darfur rebels wounded in the latest fighting with Sudanese troops have gone to South Sudan for treatment, the army said on Tuesday, as Khartoum pushes Juba to end what is says is its backing for rebels.

The army and insurgents gave conflicting accounts of Monday's fighting, which came while Sudanese negotiators at fragile peace talks in Addis Ababa turned down South Sudan's proposal for settling oil fees and other critical issues by a United Nations-imposed deadline of August 2.

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At least 10 Tajik Troops Killed in Militant Clashes

At least 10 Tajik troops were killed in clashes with militants in the east during a military operation that followed the murder of a top security official, a military source said Tuesday.

Over 20 troops had also been wounded in the clashes, which came after Tajikistan sent special forces into Badakhshan province following the murder of the top regional security official Abdullo Nazarov at the weekend, the source told Agence France Presse, asking not to be named.

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Opposition Radio Stops Broadcasting after Madagascar Mutiny

Opposition radio Free FM has stopped broadcasting due to intimidation by Madagascar's military in the wake of a weekend mutiny, station manager Lalatiana Rakotondrazafy told Agence France Presse on Tuesday.

"We won't resume broadcasting until I am sure that there will be no more intimidation," she told AFP.

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Scores Injured as Typhoon Lashes Hong Kong

Scores of people were injured and trees were ripped from the ground as a typhoon lashed Hong Kong packing winds in excess of 140 kilometers (87 miles) an hour, officials said Tuesday.

Authorities issued a hurricane warning for the first time since 1999 as Typhoon Vicente roared to within 100 kilometers of Hong Kong shortly after midnight, disrupting dozens of flights to the regional hub.

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Odd Court Appearance by Colorado Shooting Suspect

His hair dyed orange, eyes staring out blankly, presumed Colorado gunman James Holmes made a bizarre first appearance in court Monday, after a rampage in which he allegedly shot dead 12 people and wounded 58 others.

The deadly shooting frenzy occurred shortly after midnight at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado outside Denver, as moviegoers packed the first screening of the latest Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises."

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U.S. Drone Strike Kills 10 Militants in Northwest Pakistan

A U.S. drone attack has killed at least 10 militants in a restive northwestern Pakistani tribal area, security officials said.

The missiles struck a militant compound in the Shawal area of the troubled North Waziristan tribal district on the Afghan border.

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EU Ready to Back African Stabilization Force in Mali

The European Union said Monday it was ready to back the deployment of an African stabilization force under U.N. mandate in Mali, and threatened sanctions against those threatening democratic change.

EU foreign ministers gathered in Brussels asked EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Catherine Ashton to make "concrete proposals" on support for "the possible deployment of a well-prepared ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) force in Mali, under a U.N. mandate and in conjunction with a government of national unity and the African Union."

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Reports: Bulgaria Bomber Had Female Companion

The suicide bomber in last week's deadly attack on Israeli tourists in Bulgaria entered from neighboring Romania, spoke decent Russian and had a female companion, local media reported on Monday.

Citing investigators probing last Wednesday's bombing of a bus at Burgas airport that killed five Israeli tourists and the driver, television channel bTV said that the attacker was in the city of Varna for at least a day before the bombing.

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