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Report: Turkey Foils Kurd Rebel Attack on Oil Pipeline

Turkish security forces foiled an attempted bombing blamed on Kurdish rebels on a vital oil pipeline in the southeast of the country on Sunday, local security sources said.

Three explosive charges weighing a total of 200 kilograms were found along the pipeline carrying oil from Iraq and were later defused by bomb disposal experts.

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Turkish President in Britain to Seek Support for EU Bid

Turkish President Abdullah Gul headed to Britain on Sunday for a three-day state visit aimed at seeking support from the Turkey's ally in its bid to join the EU.

"I will underline the importance of England's continued support in making sure negotiations are not blocked by artificial political obstacles," Gul told journalists in Turkey before flying off to London.

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Toll from Thailand's Floods Tops 600 Amid Fears for Ancient Temples

The death toll from Thailand's worst flooding in more than half a century has passed 600.

The floods began in late July, fed by heavy monsoon rains and a series of tropical storms. The floodwaters swamped entire towns as they moved south through the country's central heartland to Bangkok and the Gulf of Thailand. More than two-thirds of the country's 77 provinces have been affected.

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Spaniards Vote as Right Heads to Crushing Victory

Spaniards voted in rain-swept elections Sunday that were all but certain to hand a thundering victory to the right and topple yet another debt-laden eurozone government.

Bowed by a 21.5 percent jobless rate, economic stagnation and deep spending cuts, the first voters of the 36 million-strong Spanish electorate headed to polls ready to punish the ruling Socialists.

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Hundreds of Afghans Protest Long-term Pact with U.S.

More than 1,000 university students blocked a main highway in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday as they protested against any agreement that would allow U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan after a planned transfer of authority in 2014.

An assembly of more than 2,000 tribal elders and dignitaries known as a loya jirga endorsed the idea of such agreement in a conference that ended Saturday, though they also backed a series of conditions proposed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai including the end of night raids by international troops and complete Afghan control over detainees.

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Pakistan's U.S. Envoy Returns Home amid Scandal

Pakistan's ambassador to the U.S. returned home Sunday after being summoned to answer questions about his alleged role in a secret memo scandal that could cost him his job and threatens to engulf the country's president.

The controversy centers on a memo that was sent in May to Adm. Mike Mullen, the top U.S. military official at the time, asking for his help in reining in Pakistan's powerful military after the covert American raid that killed Osama bin Laden in a Pakistani garrison town.

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Official: U.S. 'Failed' in IAEA Bid to Send Iran Nuke Issue to U.N.

The United States "failed" to get the U.N. atomic energy watchdog to refer Iran's nuclear program to the U.N. Security Council, Iran's deputy chief nuclear negotiator said, according to Iranian state media Sunday.

"The aim of the United States was to send the Iranian issue to the Security Council.... Thanks to the efforts of the Islamic Republic on the international stage, the American intention failed," Ali Bagheri said, according to the website of Iranian state television.

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McChrystal on Return Visit to Afghanistan

General Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. former commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan who left his post last year, visited President Hamid Karzai Saturday on a personal trip, officials said.

McChrystal was recalled by President Barack Obama from his role leading NATO troops in the war against the Taliban over comments made by him and his aides about senior political leaders to Rolling Stone magazine.

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Quake Strikes Off East Coast of Japan

An earthquake measuring 5.1 in magnitude struck near the east coast of Japan Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The quake, which had a depth of six kilometers, hit close to the coast of Honshu, Japan's largest island, at 4:27 am (19:27 GMT) around 91 kilometers from Tokyo.

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Chemical Plant Blast Kills 14 in China

Fourteen workers were killed and five injured Saturday in an explosion at a chemical plant in east China, state media reported, citing local authorities.

The explosion occurred around 2pm at a melamine production facility in Xintai, in Shandong province, Xinhua news agency reported.

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