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Israel Slams EU Official for Toulouse-Gaza Remarks

Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Tuesday condemned the EU's foreign policy chief for remarks she made drawing a parallel between Monday's Toulouse attack and the plight of children in Gaza.

"The minister felt that the declarations of Catherine Ashton were not appropriate and he expressed the hope that she would reexamine and reverse them," a statement from Lieberman's office said.

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Pakistan Panel Demands U.S. Apology on Air Attack

A Pakistan parliamentary committee on Tuesday demanded an unconditional apology from the United States for a November air attack on its border post that killed 24 soldiers.

Parliament opened a debate on recommendations drawn up by the parliamentary committee on national security which called the attack a "blatant violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity."

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Somalia’s Shebab Fighters Seize Central Town

Al-Qaida allied Islamist gunmen seized the key town of Dhusamareb in central Somalia Tuesday, as Shebab commanders called on fighters to intensify attacks against government and regional forces.

Witnesses said Shebab fighters on pickup trucks mounted with machine guns stormed the town at dawn, driving out the pro-government militia Ahlu Sunna Wal Jamaa, an Ethiopian-backed force who follow Somalia's traditional Sufi branch of Islam.

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North Korea Invites IAEA, Says U.S. Deal Still in Force

North Korea has invited U.N. inspectors to monitor a nuclear freeze deal with the United States, insisting the pact remains in force despite its shock announcement of a planned satellite launch.

Next month's scheduled launch, which would defy a United Nations ban, has sparked widespread complaints that the communist state is testing long-range missile technology which could one day deliver a nuclear warhead.

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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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