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Mauritanian Diplomat Self-Immolates in Nouakchott

A Mauritanian diplomat died after setting himself alight on Wednesday night, an act apparently linked to the recent death of his younger brother, a security source told Agence France Presse Thursday.

"The man sprayed his whole body with petrol before setting it alight, the fire completely consumed him in the street despite efforts of passers-by to save him," the security source said on condition of anonymity.

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Russia Detains Two More in Probe of anti-Putin rally

Russian authorities said Thursday they had detained two more people in a probe into clashes between the opposition and police on the eve of Vladimir Putin's inauguration for a third term in May.

Russia's Investigative Committee said two more activists, identified as Nikolai Kavkazsky and Alexei Polikhovich, had been detained as part of the probe into the May 6 violence.

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Sudan Army Says Chasing Darfur Rebels

Sudanese troops on Thursday chased rebels in the country's troubled Darfur region, the army said, in renewed fighting that adds to a surge in violence outlined by the region's top peacekeeper.

The latest unrest in southeastern Darfur is an offshoot of battles between the army and Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) rebels earlier in the week, just across the border in South Kordofan state, said Sawarmi Khaled Saad, the Sudanese army spokesman.

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S. Korea Prosecutors Charge President's Brother

South Korean prosecutors said Thursday they have brought graft charges against the brother of President Lee Myung-Bak, following a series of corruption scandals involving the leader's aides.

Prosecutors said Lee Sang-Deuk, 76, would stand trial on charges of taking 600 million won ($523,000) from two troubled savings banks and 157 million won from a textile company, prosecutors said.

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5.8-Magnitude Quake off Mauritius

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck Thursday in the Indian Ocean off the island of Mauritius, the U.S. Geological Service said.

The quake's epicentre was only 10 kilometers (six miles) deep, but was 387 kilometers from Port Mathurin on the island of Rodrigues, and 976 kilometers from the Mauritius capital Port Louis.

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Pakistan Market Bomb Kills Nine

A bomb tore through a busy market in Pakistan's tribal belt on Thursday, killing at least nine people, including two children, near the Afghan border, officials said.

Twenty others were wounded when the device, planted in a pick-up truck, exploded in Pasht bazaar of Salarzai in Bajaur district, one of the toughest battlegrounds in Pakistan's fight against the Taliban in the northwest.

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Report: Colorado Shooter Sent Warning Package

Alleged Colorado shooter James Holmes reportedly sent a warning package to a psychiatrist at his former university with a notebook and drawings of his plans to massacre people.

Holmes, 24, is accused of shooting 12 people dead and wounding 58 more at a cinema on Friday in Aurora, outside Denver, as young moviegoers packed the first midnight screening of the latest Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises."

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Report: Wife of North Korea's Kim is Former Singer

Wife of N. Korea's Kim is former singer: S. Korea media

The wife of North Korea's Kim Jong-Un is a former singer who caught the leader's eye while she was giving a performance, South Korean media said Thursday after Pyongyang disclosed the marriage.

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Russia to Join World Trade Organization Club in August

Russia is to become the World Trade Organization's 156th member on August 22, the international trade arbiter said on Wednesday, capping almost two decades of entry talks.

The announcement comes after the Geneva-based organization received the so-called instruments of ratification from Russia on July 23.

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Zanzibar Charges Three for Ferry Tragedy, with over 104 Dead

Zanzibari authorities on Wednesday charged three people with manslaughter for the sinking of a ferry last week in which at least 104 people drowned, including the ship's owner and captain.

At least 146 of the 290 passengers on the MV Skagit were rescued when it sank on Wednesday in choppy waters as it crossed from mainland Tanzania to the island of Zanzibar.

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