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European Parliament Partly Closed Due to Cracks in Ceiling

The European parliament building in Brussels has been partially closed following the discovery of cracks in beams over the plenary chamber, the parliament said Monday.

Cracks in three of 21 wooden beams were found during routine inspections but more work is needed to find the source of the problem, causing the administration to temporarily close part of the building, a statement said.

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30 Dead As Kurdish Rebels Clash with Turkey Forces

Kurdish rebels armed with machine-guns and rocket launchers attacked a security complex in southeastern Turkey overnight, triggering fierce fighting that left about 30 people dead, local sources said Monday.

Ten soldiers were killed and seven wounded in the attack in the province of Sirnak, the local government said, while other local sources said about 20 members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) were also killed.

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Australia Says Karzai 'Wrong' on Afghan Operation

Australia Monday flatly rejected comments from Afghan President Hamid Karzai that a recent night-time raid which left two men dead was carried out without the approval of local authorities.

Kabul had slammed Australia over the mission, carried out in the wake of last week's killing of three Australian troops by a rogue Afghan soldier, describing it as a "unilateral military operation".

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U.S. Confirms Attack on Consulate Vehicle in Pakistan

The United States confirmed that an American vehicle was attacked in the city of Peshawar in northwest Pakistan on Monday, wounding two American and two Pakistani consulate staff.

The information minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Mian Iftikhar Hussain, insisted in the regional parliament that two Americans were also killed, without giving any further details on their identity.

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10 Police Hurt in N. Ireland Sectarian Scuffles

Ten Northern Irish police officers were injured on Sunday, three of them hospitalized, when violence flared ahead of a republican parade close to central Belfast, police said.

Pro-British protestors attempted to disrupt the planned march and police were pelted with bricks, stones and golf balls, according to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

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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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