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Leak Fears Wane After Deadly French Nuclear Plant Blast

The French government sought to play down fears of a radioactive leak after the explosion Monday at a nuclear site in the south of France in which at least one person died.

France's state nuclear regulator had said earlier that there was a risk of a leak after the blast at Codolet in the Rhone Valley near the southern city of Nimes.

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Lawyer Says Gave Chirac, Villepin $20 mn from Africa

A lawyer with ties to African leaders declared on Monday he had personally handed over $20 million dollars in cash to French former president Jacques Chirac and his close ally Dominique de Villepin.

Robert Bourgi said in an interview with Europe 1 radio the money came from several presidents of France's former African colonies, and was handed over to the center-right politicians in stages between 1995 and 2005.

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Spain Battles Wildfire, Evacuates 200

Firefighters backed by planes and helicopters battled towering flames in southern Spain Monday, trying to tame a forest fire that forced 200 people to evacuate, officials said.

Whipped up by warm winds, the blaze spread quickly in the popular tourist province of Malaga.

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Report: Terror Suspects in Sweden Tied to Islamists

Four terror suspects arrested in Sweden at the weekend have ties to the Somali Islamist movement Shebab and were plotting an attack using bombs and firearms, a newspaper reported Monday.

Neither Sweden's intelligence agency nor the police have confirmed the report, and have released few details about the arrests.

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Obama: Post 9/11 Decade Shows U.S. Will Unbroken

Tears flowed and bells tolled at Ground Zero as Americans marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in a rare moment of unity for a country still shaken by the horrific terror strikes.

President Barack Obama and his predecessor and political foe George W. Bush stood together in New York for the main ceremony at the site of the destroyed Twin Towers.

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Russia Defends Assad Against Western Pressure

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday defended the Syrian regime against sanctions for its crackdown on protesters and warned British Prime Minister David Cameron of the dangers of such a move.

Cameron met Medvedev for talks focusing on Syria and bilateral disputes as global frustration mounted with Russia's continued support of its ally despite President Bashar al-Assad's months-long repression of nationwide protests.

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Obama: 9/11 a Day when 'America Came Together'

Americans united in grief on Sunday's 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks which killed almost 3,000 people and plunged the country into an era of war and bitter internal division.

President Barack Obama and his predecessor and political foe George W. Bush stood together at Ground Zero in New York for the main ceremony at the site of the destroyed Twin Towers. Obama was then due to pay homage at 9/11's other crash sites in Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon.

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Swedish Police Arrest Four Terror Suspects

Swedish police in the southwestern city of Gothenburg have arrested four people suspected of preparing a terror attack, Swedish media said Sunday quoting intelligence reports.

"Four people suspected of preparing a terror attack" were arrested late Saturday, said TT news agency quoting Sara Kvarnstroem, spokesman of the Saepo intelligence agency.

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Medvedev Orders Airline Shutdown after Crash

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Sunday ordered his government Sunday to shut down unreliable airlines after 43 people were killed in a chartered plane crash that wiped out a top hockey team.

The decision came as the nation mourned the latest in a string of deadly air accidents that earlier saw Medvedev request the removal from operations of Russia's older Soviet-era jets.

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Afghan Suicide Attack Wounds 89 as World Marks 9/11 Anniversary

A Taliban suicide bomber driving a truck attacked an advance NATO combat post in central Afghanistan, wounding 89 people including 50 American soldiers, the U.S. Army said Sunday.

News of Saturday's attack came as the world marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that killed almost 3,000 people in the United States and led to the invasion of Afghanistan and toppling at the end of 2001 of the Taliban.

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