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U.S. Bush Hails 9/11 Heroes, Obama Urges Vigilance

President Barack Obama vowed Saturday that the United States will not waver in its fight against terrorism, as his predecessor said Americans will "never forget" 9/11 and the heroes who helped defend the country.

With the world marking a decade since the deadliest attack on U.S. soil, and the tragedy seared into America's collective memory, communities across America honored those lost in the disaster, while New York and Washington beefed up police presence and Obama called for a "heightened state of vigilance" as Americans readied for the 10th anniversary under the shadow of a terror threat.

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New Central Nigeria Overnight Attacks Kill 15

Fresh overnight attacks killed at least 15 people in Nigeria, the latest in a wave of recent killings in an area beset by sectarian violence, a local government official said Saturday.

"Fifteen people were killed ... in Vwang district of Jos south local government area of Plateau state in a midnight attack," a government spokesman Pam Ayuba said.

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Iran Warplane Crashes in Tabriz

An Iranian warplane crashed on Saturday in the northwestern city of Tabriz without causing casualties, as the Islamic republic conducts military maneuvers in the area, media reports said.

"An Iranian warplane crashed this morning in Tabriz," the English-language network Press TV reported, adding that the pilot was able to parachute to safety before impact.

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Terror Threat Clouds Start of 9/11 Ceremonies

Major U.S. cities were on high alert Saturday as the nation began marking the poignant 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks amid warnings of a new Al-Qaida linked terror threat.

Although details of the new suspected plot possibly involving car bombs in New York and Washington were sketchy, a U.S. official told AFP the threat was credible and somewhere between "aspirational" and a "boom."

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Pakistani Pleads Guilty in U.S. on Nuclear Charges

A Pakistani citizen on Friday plead guilty to illegally attempting to export nuclear material to organizations in his homeland that are classed "of concern" to U.S. national security, justice officials said.

Nadeem Akhtar, 46, faces up to five years in jail and a $250,000 fine, for conducting a scheme to provide restricted items to clients in Pakistan, including agencies of the government in Islamabad.

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At Least 163 Dead in Zanzibar Ferry Capsize, 100 Missing

At least 163 people died when a ferry capsized off the popular tourist archipelago of Zanzibar, but over 100 people are still missing, a minister said Saturday.

"We have recovered 163 people who have died and we have rescued 325 survivors," said Mohammed Aboud, Zanzibar's state minister for emergencies, dramatically updating an earlier death toll of 53.

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Police Say 13 Killed in Darfur Hostage Rescue Bid

Thirteen Sudanese police officers were killed and 30 wounded in clashes with an armed gang as they tried to rescue three hostages in the war-torn Darfur region, a police spokesman said Friday.

"What happened yesterday involved an armed gang, not a rebel group. The police tried to release three hostages in eastern Jebel Marra. Clashes broke out with the gang and we lost 13 men and 30 others were wounded," Ahmed al-Tughani told Agence France Presse.

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China Seeks to Ease U.S. Worries over Tense Pacific

The United States should view China's growing role in the Pacific as grounds for cooperation rather than concern, a top Chinese official said Friday, amid anxiety over Beijing's new assertiveness.

Washington and China's neighbors have expressed increasing fears about Beijing's claims in the South China Sea, military spending and new high-tech equipment, including an aircraft carrier that trialed last month.

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U.S. on Alert after 'Credible' 9/11 Bomb Threat

Heavily armed police were on alert in and around New York City Friday after U.S. officials warned of a "credible" but unconfirmed bomb threat on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

"There is specific, credible but unconfirmed threat information," the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday, as the White House confirmed President Barack Obama had ordered boosted counterterrorism efforts.

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N.Korea Marks Anniversary with Big Military Parade

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il and his son and heir apparent appeared Friday at a military parade staged to mark the 63rd anniversary of the country's founding, official media reported.

Kim and his youngest son Jong-Un clapped from the reviewing stand as motorized units including howitzers, anti-aircraft guns and multiple launch rocket systems rumbled past, according to North Korean TV footage.

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