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Clashes at Greek Protest ahead of EU Summit in Brussels

Greek riot police fired tear gas at protesters on the sidelines of a large anti-austerity rally in Athens during a national general strike as EU leaders prepared to tackle the eurozone crisis at a summit in Brussels.

As brief clashes broke out, officials said a 65-year-old protester collapsed and died from a heart attack but it was not immediately clear if his death was linked to the sporadic bursts of tear gas.

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Karzai Warns Pakistan over 'Using' Extremism

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Thursday he hoped the shooting of a Pakistani schoolgirl by the Taliban would convince Islamabad that using extremism as a tool against others was not in its interest.

Karzai regularly accuses Pakistan of supporting Taliban Islamist insurgents trying to topple his government -- a charge Islamabad denies.

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Obama to Spend Election Night in Chicago

Win or lose, President Barack Obama will spend election night in his hometown of Chicago and will speak at a smaller venue than the large park where he held his victory speech four years ago, a source said Wednesday.

Obama, who is battling Republican Mitt Romney for a second four-year term in the White House, will deliver remarks on November 6 at McCormick Place, Chicago's convention center, according to the source with knowledge of the matter.

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Russia Says November Date for Iran Nuclear Talks 'Realistic'

Russia said Thursday it was "realistic" to hold direct talks next month between Iran's chief negotiator and six-nation representative Catherine Ashton over the Islamic republic's nuclear drive.

"It would be realistic to talk about organizing one in November," Interfax quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying.

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Bangladeshi Police Quiz Family of NY Bomb Plot Suspect

The family of the young Bangladeshi man accused of plotting to blow up the New York Federal Reserve said Thursday they had been questioned by police.

Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, was arrested Wednesday in Manhattan after he tried to detonate what he thought was a live bomb, but was actually a dummy provided in a sting operation, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn said.

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Maoist Blast Kills Five Police in India

A landmine attack by Maoist rebels in eastern India killed five policemen on Thursday in a strike that targeted a convoy heading out on patrol before dawn.

The blast in a forest area of Bihar state came following a lull in attacks on policemen since six officers were shot in May in an ambush in Chhattisgarh state.

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9/11 Mastermind Delivers Anti-U.S. Diatribe at Guantanamo

Wearing a military-style vest, self-declared 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed delivered a scathing anti-American diatribe at a military tribunal Wednesday in what the judge called a "one-time occurrence."

The U.S. president "can legislate assassinations under the name of national security for American citizens," the Kuwaiti-born Pakistani said during the third day of a pre-trial hearing at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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Bangladeshi Held in Plot to Bomb Federal Reserve Bank in New York

A Bangladeshi man with alleged al-Qaida links was arrested Wednesday in New York on charges of plotting to destroy the city's Federal Reserve building with a 1,000 pound bomb.

Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, was arrested in Manhattan after he tried to detonate what he thought was a live bomb, but was actually a dummy provided as part of a sting operation, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn said.

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Obama Back on Trail after Besting Romney in Debate

President Barack Obama swung straight back onto the campaign trail Wednesday after out-maneuvering his White House rival Mitt Romney in a comeback debate and re-energizing his faltering re-election bid.

Most observers, backed by anecdotal instant polls, gave Obama victory in Tuesday's second election showdown between the pair. But both candidates were determined to maintain their momentum with less than three weeks until polling day.

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6 Russians, 1 Estonian Kidnapped Off Nigeria

Kidnappers have boarded a ship off Nigeria and abducted seven crew members, including six Russians and one Estonian, in the latest such incident in the region, French company Bourbon said on Wednesday.

"Bourbon confirms that seven crew members, six Russians and one Estonian, were kidnapped during the boarding of the Bourbon Liberty 249, which occurred on October 15, 2012 in Nigeria," a statement from the oil industry servicing firm said.

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