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Obama in Colorado ahead of Democratic Convention

President Barack Obama cranked up campaigning on his road to the Democratic National Convention in the swing state of Colorado on Sunday, as top aides slammed his Republican opponent.

With the election barely nine weeks away, Obama is locked in a tight contest against Mitt Romney, whose campaign has doggedly stood its ground and even upstaged the slick fundraising that swept the incumbent to power in 2008.

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German Leftist MP Visits Assange at Ecuador Embassy

German far-left MP Sevim Dagdelen on Sunday visited Julian Asange, who has been holed up at Ecuador's embassy in London since June, and afterwards expressed her solidarity with the Wikileaks founder.

"I have sent solidarity regards to Julian Assange from the left in Germany and the online community in Germany," said Dagdelen in a statement issued after the visit.

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Pro-Government Afghan Militia 'Kills 8 Civilians'

A pro-government Afghan militia commander and his men Sunday shot dead at least eight civilians in revenge, after mistakenly blaming villagers for a Taliban attack, officials said.

The commander, identified as Qadeer, drove to Kanum village outside the northern city of Kunduz with about 20 members of his militia and killed eight villagers, the Kunduz provincial governor told Agence France Presse.

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Angola State Media Declare Dos Santos President-Elect

Angola's long-ruling Jose Eduardo dos Santos was declared president-elect in state media Sunday, even as votes were still being counted and the opposition said it was gathering evidence of fraud.

The government-mouthpiece Jornal de Angola ran a front-page headline declaring "Large victory for MPLA" alongside a full-page picture of Dos Santos clapping.

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Senior N. Korean Official Meets Ahmadinejad

North Korea's ceremonial head of state has vowed to strengthen ties with Iran and reaffirmed a shared hostility towards the United States during a meeting with Iran's leader, state media said Sunday.

Kim Young-Nam, attending a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran, met with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday to clarify Pyongyang's "firm stand" to boost ties with Iran, the North's KCNA said.

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Mali Islamists Say Algerian Diplomat Executed

Islamic extremists occupying northern Mali said Sunday they have executed an Algerian diplomat kidnapped five months ago, after an ultimatum given to his government to fulfill their demands expired.

The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) said Algerian vice-consul Tahar Touati was executed on Saturday morning, and threatened the three other hostages still in their hands if Algiers does not comply with their demands.

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1 Dead, 40 Injured as Tourist Bus Overturns in France

A bus carrying Romanian tourists overturned on a highway in southern France on Sunday, killing an infant and injuring about 40 people, with some in critical condition, emergency workers said.

The accident happened around 0730 GMT near the town of Vidauban as the bus travelled towards Nice, police said. The bus veered across the highway after tire problems and tipped over a security barrier onto the incoming lane.

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Ethiopians Mourn at State Funeral of Long-time Leader Zenawi

Tens of thousands of Ethiopians mourned Sunday the late strongman Meles Zenawi, in the first state funeral staged for a leader of the Horn of Africa nation in more than 80 years.

Followed by giant crowds, Meles' flag-draped coffin slowly processed through the capital from the National Palace to the vast Meskel Square, his family dressed in black following behind, many in tears.

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State Media: Man Arrested in China after Flight Threat

Police in southern China have arrested a man suspected of threatening to blow up a commercial jet, following a similar incident affecting a flight from Beijing, state press said Sunday.

Police arrested Xiong Yi, 29, in Dongguan city on Saturday after tracing an anonymous phone call threatening a flight from Shenzhen airport on Thursday, Xinhua news agency said.

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Pakistan Imam Held for Evidence-tampering in Blasphemy Case

Pakistani police have arrested a Muslim cleric on suspicion of planting evidence against a Christian girl accused of blasphemy, officers said Sunday.

Rimsha has been in custody since she was arrested in a poor Islamabad suburb more than two weeks ago accused of burning papers containing verses from the Koran, in breach of Pakistan's strict blasphemy laws.

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