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Doctors Say Clinton has Blood Clot Close to her Brain

Top U.S. diplomat Hillary Clinton is suffering from a rare blood clot in a vein in her head but should make a full recovery, doctors said Monday as she spent New Year's Eve in hospital.

A routine follow-up scan on Sunday revealed "that a right transverse sinus venous thrombosis had formed," doctors Lisa Bardack, of Mount Kisco Medical Group, and Gigi El-Bayoumi, of George Washington University, said.

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N. Korea Leader Calls for Easing of Tensions with S. Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un called Tuesday for an easing of tensions with the South and flagged a "radical turnabout" in the national economy in a rare voiced message broadcast on state television.

"An important issue in putting an end to the division of the country and achieving its reunification is to remove confrontation between the North and the South," Kim said in a New Year's message.

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S. Korea Activists Release anti-North Leaflets

South Korean activists launched balloons carrying anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border Tuesday as North Korea joined a global party by greeting the New Year with fireworks.

About 30 activists released seven balloons carrying 28,000 leaflets in the northern border town of Gwanjeonri in Cheorwon County, shouting "Down with North Korea's dynastic dictatorship!"

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Boy Killed, over 200 Hurt in Philippine Revelry

Celebratory gunfire killed a four-year-old boy and more than 200 others were injured by powerful firecrackers in typically rowdy New Year celebrations in the Philippine capital, officials said Tuesday.

A bullet hit the boy in the back as he was playing outside his home in Manila's suburban Mandaluyong district, said the city's police chief Chief Superintendent Leonardo Espina.

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British Press Predicts Rocky Ride for Cameron in 2013

Britain's newspapers welcomed in the New Year on Tuesday with a warning for Prime Minister David Cameron that he will have to lay a clear path to economic growth and national renewal in 2013.

Newspapers said Cameron needed to reset Britain's direction in the world at a time when the cuts in the budget deficit would really kick in.

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Pakistan Frees Eight Taliban Prisoners

Pakistan has released eight Afghan Taliban prisoners, including senior former administration chiefs, in a bid to aid its wartorn neighbor’s peace efforts, officials said Tuesday.

Former justice minister Nooruddin Turabi and ex-governor of Helmand province were among those freed, a government official said Monday, putting the number released at four.

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Attackers Kill 15 at Nigerian Church Service

Attackers have stormed a church service in a town in Nigeria's volatile northeast and killed 15 people in the latest such violence targeting Christians in recent days, an official said Monday.

News of the killings emerged after Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan questioned whether deadly Islamist attacks on churches in his country and other violence worldwide could be signs of coming "end times".

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Putin Urges Unity after Year of Protests

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday used a traditional New Year's address to call for unity following a year of protests against his return to the Kremlin for a third term.

The country's "development and fate depend on our enthusiasm and labor, on our unity and responsibility," the ITAR-TASS news agency quoted Putin as saying in the televised message aired first in Russia's Far East.

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France Struggles to Tackle New Year Car Torching

In France's rundown suburbs, it has become as much of a New Year tradition as champagne and fireworks in more affluent neighborhoods.

Every year, the night of December 31-January 1 sees more than 1,000 cars set ablaze across the country in an orgy of vandalism to which the authorities have, until now, largely turned a blind eye.

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Bosnia Charges ex-Muslim Soldiers with War Crimes

Bosnian prosecutors on Monday charged eight former members of Muslim armed and police forces with committing war crimes against ethnic Serb civilians during the country's 1990s conflict.

The eight were charged with "taking part in illegal detention of Serb civilians, their inhuman treatment, beating and inflicting of serious bodily injuries... and other inhuman acts," a national prosecutor's office statement said.

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