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British Police Chief Quits over Phone-Hacking Scandal

The resignation of Britain's top policeman over the phone-hacking scandal rocking Rupert Murdoch's media empire threatens to drag leader David Cameron further into the mire, newspapers said Monday.

Scotland Yard Chief Sir Paul Stephenson quit on Sunday over claims he stayed at a luxury resort with links to Murdoch's realm but the top-cop aimed a parting shot at Prime Minister Cameron over his ties with ex-News of the World editor Andy Coulson.

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Transition from Foreign to Afghan Security Forces Begins

The process of handing control from foreign to Afghan security forces began in Afghanistan on Sunday, a spokesman for the interior ministry said.

A ceremony was held at the police headquarters in the central province of Bamiyan, the first of seven areas to transition responsibility this month, ministry spokesman Siddiq Siddiqi.

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Indonesia Volcano Spews Ash in Biggest Eruption

A volatile volcano in central Indonesia unleashed its most powerful eruption in days Sunday, spewing hot ash and smoke high into the air and sending panicked villagers racing back to crowded government shelters. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Mount Lokon, located on northern Sulawesi island, rumbled back to life last week.

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Kidnappers Seek Ransom for 2 Americans, Filipino

The kidnappers of an American woman, her son and Filipino nephew in the southern Philippines have telephoned their family by phone demanding a ransom, officials said Sunday.

At least 14 gunmen seized Philippine-born U.S. citizen Gerfa Yeatts Lunsmann, her 14-year-old son and 19-year-old nephew Tuesday from a relative's house they were visiting in a village near southern Zamboanga City. They were taken away at gunpoint on board a motor boat, officials said.

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Argentina Tells Iran to Hand over Bombing Suspects after Tehran’s Help Offer

The prosecutor investigating the worst terror strike on Argentine soil, the 1994 bombing of a Jewish charities building that killed 85 people, urged Iran Saturday to hand over any suspects in the case.

The comments came after an Iranian Foreign Ministry statement said earlier in the day that Tehran, suspected by Argentina of being behind the attack, is "ready for a constructive dialogue" in the case and to cooperate with the Argentine government.

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Chavez in Cuba for Chemotherapy

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez arrived in Cuba late Saturday to begin chemotherapy treatment for his cancer.

Chavez, who was accompanied by his daughter Rosa, will stay there an undisclosed period of time.

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Iran 'Ready to Cooperate' over Attack on Argentine Jews

Iran is ready to cooperate with Argentina over a 1994 bombing attack on a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people, the foreign ministry announced on Saturday.

Tehran, suspected by Argentine prosecutors of being behind the attack, is "ready for a constructive dialogue and to cooperate with the Argentine government to shed all possible light" on the case, a statement said.

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Dalai Lama Says Obama Concerned on Tibet Rights

The Dalai Lama said Saturday that U.S. President Barack Obama shared "genuine concerns" about human rights in Tibet during a White House meeting held despite protests by China.

Obama is "president of the greatest democratic country, so naturally he is showing concern about basic human values, human rights, religious freedom," the Dalai Lama said after his meeting in response to a question from Agence France Presse.

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UNICEF Warns Horn of Africa Drought to ‘Worsen’

The plight of millions of people left hungry by a harsh drought across the Horn of Africa is set to worsen, with the rains not expected soon and harvests months away, a top U.N. official warned Saturday.

Scanty or failed rainfall in the region over the past two years has already forced thousands of Somalis to flee their country and ruined the livelihoods of millions in parts of Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti.

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U.S. Urges Cyprus Solution 'As Soon As Possible'

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Saturday for a speedy solution to Cyprus' long-standing division.

"We don't think the status quo in Cyprus benefits anyone," Clinton said at a joint press conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Istanbul.

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