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Greece Unveils New Coalition as Bailout Battle Looms

Conservative leader Antonis Samaras was sworn in Wednesday as the prime minister of a new Greek coalition, as he took up the challenge of trying to revise the terms an unpopular EU-IMF bailout deal.

"With God's help we will do everything we can to take the country out of the crisis," the 61-year-old former foreign minister told reporters after a formal ceremony at the presidential palace that ended two months of political deadlock.

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Report: 4 More Kurd Rebels Killed in Southeastern Turkey

Turkey's military Wednesday shot dead four more Kurdish rebels in ongoing clashes in southeastern Turkey, bringing the death toll to 32, reported the Anatolia news agency quoting local officials.

Fighting between soldiers and Kurdish rebels erupted early Tuesday when a group of rebels attacked on an army post in the Yuksekova town in Hakkari province near the border with Iraq, said Anatolia.

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Bus Plunges into Deep Ravine in China; 17 Killed

Chinese state media said 17 people were killed and three seriously injured when a long-distance bus overturned and plunged down a deep ravine.

The official Xinhua News Agency said the accident occurred early Wednesday and the cause was not immediately clear.

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French Police End Bank Hostage-Taking, Detain 'Qaida' Gunman

French police stormed a bank in Toulouse on Wednesday, arresting a gunman with psychiatric problems who claimed to be an al-Qaida militant and freeing his two hostages after a seven-hour siege.

The 26-year-old, who had taken four bank employees hostage in the morning in the same area where serial killer Mohamed Merah lived and was shot dead by police in March, was wounded in the stomach in the assault, police sources said.

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11 Afghans Killed as Suicide Bomber Targets NATO

A suicide bomber on a motorbike struck a joint Afghan-NATO patrol in the town of Khost on Wednesday, killing 11 Afghans, officials said.

Seventeen others were injured in the blast in the eastern town close to the border with Pakistan, where Taliban and other Islamist insurgents fighting U.S.-led troops have strongholds.

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French Man Accused of 'Al-Qaida' Ties Held in Pakistan

A French militant described as an al-Qaida leader and a member of the German terror cell linked to the 9/11 attacks has been held in Pakistan, experts and a Pakistani official said Wednesday.

Naamen Meziche was detained after disclosures by Younis al-Mauritani, apparently tasked by Osama bin Laden to plot attacks on Australia, Europe and the U.S. and captured in Pakistan last year, the security official told Agence France Presse.

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Iran Insists on Right to Enrich Uranium to 'All Levels'

Iran said it told world powers Tuesday that it sought recognition of its right to enrich uranium to "all levels" in any future deal that could see it also accept foreign shipments of high-grade fuel.

"We insisted on the fact that the enrichment of uranium for peaceful purposes to all levels is the right of the Islamic Republic," chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili told reporters, adding that "the question of the supply of fuel could" could be a part of such a deal.

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Iran, World Powers to Meet at Expert Level July 3 in Istanbul

Significant gaps still exist between Iran and world powers in the standoff over Tehran's disputed nuclear program, the EU foreign policy chief said Tuesday after two days of talks in Moscow.

"It remains clear that there are significant gaps between the substance of the two positions," EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton told reporters after what she said were "tough and frank" exchanges.

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Gun Battles in Nigeria's Damaturu Kill at Least 34

Gun battles between security forces and suspected Islamists in Nigeria's Damaturu have killed at least 34 people, including three police officers and a soldier, a hospital source said Tuesday.

"So far we have 34 dead bodies in the morgue," said the senior hospital official after the fighting broke out Monday and continued Tuesday in the northeastern city now under round-the-clock curfew. "The figure is likely to rise.

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Christian Body: Nigeria Attacks 'Religious Cleansing'

Nigeria's main Christian body on Tuesday said attacks attributed to Islamist group Boko Haram suggested a "systematic religious cleansing" and harshly criticized the government over its response.

"The bombings are clear indications that the Jamaatu Ahlisunnah Lidda'awatiwal Jihad, otherwise known as Boko Haram, has declared war on Christians and Christianity in Nigeria," a statement from the Christian Association of Nigeria said.

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