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Militants Kill 3 Police in Pakistan's Northwest

Militants on Thursday shot dead three police officers in Pakistan's troubled northwest, where troops are waging an offensive to battle a homegrown insurgency.

Nobody has yet claimed responsibility for the killings, which took place in Hangu district of the country's troubled Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which lies along the Afghan border.

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California Declares State of Emergency over Raging Fires

Authorities declared a state of emergency Wednesday in northern California, ravaged by fires at a time when several other western U.S. states are also fighting flames.

California Governor Jerry Brown said the affected counties were Plumas, Shasta and Tehama, in the north of the state, where dozens of fires are currently raging. His declaration freed up funds to help fight the fires.

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Armed Man Charged for Obama Death Threat Email

An armed man who allegedly made a death threat against U.S. President Barack Obama in an expletive-filled email was charged Wednesday over the incident, court papers showed.

Anton Calouri, 31, is accused of threatening to kill the president and of assaulting a law enforcement official at the time of his arrest Tuesday in Federal Way, a suburb of Seattle, Washington.

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IAEA Chief Dampens Hopes on Iran Talks Friday

The head of the U.N. atomic watchdog IAEA said Wednesday he had little hopes of a breakthrough at a meeting later this week with Iran to discuss Tehran's contested nuclear program.

"I cannot say at this time that I am optimistic about the outcome of the coming meeting," Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told Agence France Presse during a visit to Helsinki.

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Kabul Blames 'Foreign Spy Agencies' for Insider Attacks

Afghan officials on Wednesday blamed "infiltration by foreign spy agencies" into the ranks of its security forces for a rise in attacks by Afghan soldiers on U.S.-led NATO forces.

The announcement came after President Barack Obama and top U.S. military officers expressed growing concern over the so-called "green-on-blue" attacks in which uniformed Afghans turn their weapons against their NATO allies.

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South Sudan's Military Chief Paulino Matip Dies

Powerful South Sudanese military commander Paulino Matip, a longtime rebel warlord turned army chief, has died in hospital in Kenya, officials said Wednesday.

"We have lost a champion of peace and reconciliation -- we will miss him," South Sudanese Information Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin told Agence France Presse. "He was undergoing treatment in Nairobi. He was ill for a long time."

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11 Sudan Soldiers Killed in S. Kordofan

Rebels from Sudan's Darfur region said on Wednesday they killed 11 government troops in an ambush in South Kordofan state during the Muslim holidays of Eid al-Fitr, but the army denied any such incident.

The incident took place on Monday between El Muglad and the railway town of Babanusa, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of East Darfur state, according to Abdullah Moursal, spokesman for the Sudan Liberation Army's (SLA's) Minni Minnawi faction.

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Plane with 14 Passengers Crashes in Kenya, 4 Dead

Two German tourists and two pilots were killed when their airplane crashed Wednesday in Kenya's renowned Maasai Mara national park, with at least three other tourists badly injured, police said.

"Four people died on the spot, while three others were seriously wounded," said local police chief Peterson Maelo. "Those injured have been taken to Nairobi for treatment."

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At Least 48 Kenyans Hacked to Death in Ethnic Clash

At least 48 Kenyans were hacked or burnt to death in ethnic clashes between two rival groups, the worst single attack since deadly post-election violence four years ago, police said Wednesday.

"It is a very bad incident.... They include 31 women, 11 children and six men," regional deputy police chief Joseph Kitur said of the attack, which took place late Tuesday between the Pokomo and Orma peoples in the rural Tana River district.

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India's Opposition to Block Parliament until PM Resigns

India's opposition vowed on Wednesday to block parliamentary proceedings until the prime minister resigned over a coal scandal, raising the prospect of more legislative deadlock and stalled reforms.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was implicated by the national auditor in a report published last Friday which suggested the government had lost out on billions of dollars of revenue by gifting away coal mining rights.

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