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Afghanistan Flash Floods Kill More than 30

Flash floods in Afghanistan triggered by days of torrential rain have killed more than 30 people, officials said Saturday, with dozens reported missing.

Waters swept through villages and parts of the city of Cheghcheran in central Ghor province early on Saturday, engulfing dozens of homes, provincial spokesman Abdulhai Khatibi told Agence France Presse.

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Merkel to Meet Hollande in Paris Wednesday

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet French President Francois Hollande in Paris on Wednesday evening to plan next week's European summit in Brussels, a German government spokesman said.

"The subject of the meeting will be preparing the European summit to be held Thursday and Friday," the spokesman told Agence France Presse on Saturday ahead of the key meeting to search for solutions to the Eurozone crisis.

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Tehran Says IDs of Iranians Arrested in Kenya Not Known

The identities of two Iranians whose arrest in Kenya this week preceded a U.S. alert of a planned "terrorist attack" in the country are not yet known, authorities in Tehran said on Saturday.

"The identities of these persons are not yet known to us and the Iranian embassy in Nairobi is seeking to obtain information and a consular visit," foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said, quoted by state news agency IRNA.

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Two Kenya Policemen Hurt in Somalia Border Attack

Two police officers were wounded Saturday in a blast, possibly caused by an improvised explosive device, in Kenya's Mandera region on the border with Somalia, police said.

"The officers were sheltering under a tree when the explosion went off, wounding both of them," said a senior police officer in Mandera.

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New Protests against 'Dictatorship' in Sudan

Sudanese demonstrators staged on Saturday small-scale protests sparked by rising prices, witnesses said, the day after unrest engulfed the capital Khartoum and cities across the country.

"We will not be governed by a dictatorship!" demonstrators in the eastern town of Gedaref shouted, according to two witnesses.

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Five Killed in Gangland Ambush at Cyprus Resort

Three Cypriots and two Romanians -- all private security guards for a local businessman -- were shot dead in a mafia-style ambush in the tourist resort of Ayia Napa on Saturday, police said.

It is believed to be one of the worst gangland incidents of its kind on the Mediterranean island and unfolded near the resort's popular main square.

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Eight Killed in Pakistan Laundry Attack

Gunmen on motorcycles on Saturday shot dead eight men at a laundry in the restive southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, police said.

The gunmen were riding two motorcycles when they struck at the laundry in a busy area of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, before fleeing, they said.

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Quebec Students Back on Streets again in Protests

After two weeks of relative calm, tens of thousands of students were back on the streets of Quebec Friday to protest a hike in tuition fees in the eastern French-speaking Canadian province.

A demonstration in Montreal drew up to 15,000 people, while another 5,000 protested in Quebec City, according to police and Agence France Presse estimates.

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Eight Killed, 44 Injured in Croatia Bus Crash

A Czech bus carrying more than 50 passengers crashed near a tunnel in Croatia early Saturday, killing eight people and injuring at least 44, the national rescue services said.

"A bus with Czech license plates drove through a safety barrier and turned over" near a tunnel in Sveti Rok, some 230 kilometers (138 miles) south of Zagreb, the National Protection and Rescue Directorate said.

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Explosion outside Nightclub in Nigerian Capital

An explosion went off outside a nightclub in the Nigerian capital Abuja, breaking windows and damaging cars, but no casualties were reported, the country's emergency agency said on Saturday.

"No human casualty," Yushau Shuaib, spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency, said of the blast late Friday. "The explosives were suspected to have been planted on a tree opposite Kryxtal Lounge."

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