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Two NATO Troops Killed in Afghan Attack

Two NATO soldiers were killed and six others wounded in a rocket attack on their base in Afghanistan's eastern province of Kunar Friday, an Afghan official with NATO forces said.

"Two ISAF soldiers were killed and six others injured in a Taliban rocket attack on an ISAF base in Nari ditrict today," a local spokesman for NATO's International Security Assistance Force said.

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Report: Russia Jails Missile Spy for 8 Years

Russia on Friday sentenced a worker at a weapons plant to eight years in jail for handing over secret information to foreign intelligence, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

The Sverdlovsk regional court found Alexander Gniteyev guilty of treason and he will serve his term in a high-security prison, it cited a court statement as saying.

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U.S. Stresses Future France Role in Afghanistan

The United States stressed Thursday that France would still contribute to the NATO operation in Afghanistan, despite new President Francois Hollande's promise to withdraw combat troops this year.

A day before Obama welcomes Hollande to the Oval Office for their first meeting, the White House stressed that the overall NATO combat mission would not end in Afghanistan until 2014.

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34 Killed in Vietnam Bus Crash

Thirty-four people were killed and 20 injured -- some seriously -- after a bus overturned, ploughed off a bridge and crashed into a river in central Vietnam, traffic police said.

The bus was travelling from Buon Ma Thuot city in the central highlands to southern Ho Chi Minh City, a policeman in Krong Pak district where the accident took place late Thursday said on condition of anonymity.

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Myanmar Rebels Call on U.N. to Monitor Conflict

Ethnic rebels in the far north of Myanmar have urged the United Nations to send observers to monitor fighting with government troops, a Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) official said Thursday.

In a letter to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, emailed to AFP, the KIO "implored" observers to visit the conflict zone where fighting has raged since a ceasefire collapsed last year.

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Explosion Rocks Nigerian Oil Hub City of Port Harcourt

An explosion rocked an area of the Nigerian oil hub city of Port Harcourt on Thursday, a military spokesman said, but the cause and extent of damage remained unclear.

"There was actually an explosion around Rumuokoro area of Port Harcourt," Lieutenant Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu said of the city in southern Nigeria that is home to a number of oil firm offices.

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Ahmadinejad Wants to Attend Olympics

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday he hopes to attend this summer's Olympic Games in London but that the British authorities were reluctant to allow him, state media reported.

"I would like to be beside the Iranian athletes at the Olympic Games in London to support them, but (the British) have issues with my presence," Ahmadinejad said, without offering further explanation.

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New French Government to Hand Itself 30% Pay Cut

French leader Francois Hollande's new Socialist government got down to work on Thursday with the first order of business a symbolic 30 percent pay cut for the president and ministers.

With the cabinet set to hold its first meeting, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said the top item on the agenda would be the salary cut, a Hollande campaign promise that the premier said was about "setting an example".

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Russia Warns against 'Hasty' Western Wars

Russia cautioned Western powers on Thursday against launching "hasty" wars that could lead to the rise of radical Islamist factions and even result in regional nuclear wars.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told a legal forum ahead of his visit to the G8 summit as Russia's official representative at Camp David that Moscow noted numerous examples of powers infringing on the sovereignty of other states.

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S. Korea Suspends First Military Accords with Japan

South Korea has suspended the signing of agreements on military cooperation with Japan, a defense official said Thursday, citing public sentiment.

Defense Minister Kim Kwan-Jin was to visit Tokyo this month to sign the accords, which would be the first of their kind since Tokyo's brutal colonial rule over Korea ended in 1945.

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