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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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Paris Confirms Four French Dead in Nepal Avalanche

France's foreign ministry on Monday confirmed that four French climbers were dead and two missing after an avalanche in Nepal.

"According to a preliminary toll, four French citizens are dead at this stage," the minister in charge of French citizens abroad, Helene Conway-Mouret, said in a statement. "The search continues for two of our citizens."

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Obama Brushes off Israeli Pressure over Iran

President Barack Obama likened Israeli pressure on him to draw a line in the sand over Iran's nuclear ambitions as noise he tries to ignore, according to remarks aired Sunday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently urged the United States to establish what he called a "red line" regarding Tehran's nuclear program beyond which the United States would be compelled to act.

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'Step up Pressure' on Iran, Say Britain, France, Germany

Britain, France and Germany urged their European Union partners "to further step up the pressure" on Iran by agreeing new sanctions to undermine its nuclear drive, in a joint letter seen by Agence France Presse on Monday.

Foreign ministers of the three nations called on their EU counterparts to quickly agree punitive action in the areas of energy, finance, trade and transportation, with sanctions set to be formally adopted October 15.

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