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Pentagon Weighs Charges for Afghan Murder Suspect

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales is likely to be formally charged in the shooting deaths of 16 Afghan villagers within days, a U.S. Army official told Agence France Presse Monday.

He faces the possibility of the death penalty if he is convicted, according to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

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French Election Campaign On Hold after School Shooting

France effectively put its election campaign on hold Monday after a gunman killed three children and a teacher at a Jewish school and candidates set politics aside to condemn the shocking attack.

President Nicolas Sarkozy and the Socialist frontrunner in the presidential race, Francois Hollande, cancelled campaign events and rushed to the southern city of Toulouse, amid fears the attack could be the work of a serial killer.

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Suspected Qaida Member Goes on Trial in Germany

An alleged Islamic militant held for nine months in Afghanistan whose tips helped spark a travel alert in Europe in 2010 over potential attacks went on trial Monday in Germany.

The 37-year-old Ahmed Wali Siddiqui, who has Afghan and German citizenship, stands accused of membership of two "foreign terrorist organizations", al-Qaida and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU).

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Israel 'Horrified' by France School Attack

Israel on Monday said it was "horrified" by a shooting attack at a Jewish school in the French city of Toulouse, which witnesses said left three people dead, two of them children.

"We are horrified by this attack and we trust the French authorities to shed full light on this tragedy and bring the perpetrators of these murders to justice," Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told Agence France Presse.

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Indonesia Police Kill 5 Terror Suspects in Bali

Police fatally shot five men who were allegedly planning to rob money changers, jewelers and other targets on Indonesia's resort island of Bali in a suspected bid to fund terrorist attacks, officials said Monday.

Several semiautomatic guns, magazines of ammunition and masks also were recovered during separate raids on a bungalow and a boarding house late Sunday, said Saud Usman Nasution, a national police spokesman.

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Pakistan Clashes Leave Eight Dead

At least eight people were killed and 15 others wounded in clashes between Pakistani troops and militants in the restive northwestern tribal belt, officials said Monday.

Four militants and one soldier were killed when militants stormed a security forces check point late Sunday in Miranshah, the main town of lawless North Waziristan tribal district bordering Afghanistan.

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Gunman Kills Three Children, Teacher at French Jewish School

A gunman burst into a Jewish school in France on Monday, shooting dead three children and a teacher in the third deadly gun attack in a week by a man who made his escape on a motorbike.

The children, aged three, six and 10, and a 30-year-old religious education teacher were mowed down as they arrived for class at the Ozar Hatorah School in the southwestern city of Toulouse, officials said.

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Shebab Fighters Kill 6 in Mogadishu Mortar Attack

Somalia's al-Qaida allied Shebab insurgents fired mortars at the presidential palace in the capital overnight, killing six civilians in a camp for displaced people nearby.

The hardline Islamist group said its salvo of "midnight mortar attacks" were targeted at the palace, and boasted of killing African Union and government soldiers.

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Clashes between Turkish Police, Kurds Leave Nine Injured

Thousands of Kurds clashed with police Sunday in Istanbul and the southern city of Diyarbakir, leaving nine people injured as security forces tried to stop Kurdish New Year festivities.

Police fired tear gas and water cannon to prevent more than 40,000 Kurds from gathering at the main square in Diyarbakir, capital of the Kurdish-majority south, an Agence France Presse correspondent said.

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East German Rights Activist Gauck Elected President

Activist pastor Joachim Gauck became German president by an overwhelming majority Sunday, marking the first time a candidate from the former communist east will serve as head of state.

Gauck claimed 991 votes out of 1,232 from a special assembly of MPs and other dignitaries, parliamentary speaker Norbert Lammert said.

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