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Myanmar Leader Pays U.N. Tribute to Suu Kyi

Myanmar's President Thein Sein made an unprecedented tribute to opposition icon Aung San Suu Kyi's "efforts for democracy" and vowed to resolve ethnic strife in a landmark U.N. speech.

Thein Sein, the first Myanmar leader to speak to the U.N. General Assembly, also told the annual gathering on Thursday that he wants to "completely end" a long-running war with ethnic rebels in Kachin state.

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Somali Port Falls, but Shebab's Campaign Far from Over

The al-Qaida-linked al-Shebab, regarded by the West as a credible threat to global peace, may have pulled out of their last Somalian stronghold of Kismayo, but the new national government must move quickly to make their defeat more than a minor setback.

Analysts however warn that despite the fact that Shebab have withdrawn from the port city, peace is still elusive in the war-ravaged nation.

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Tens of Thousands in Georgia Opposition Rally

Tens of thousands of Georgians joined one of the biggest opposition rallies in the ex-Soviet state in years Saturday on the final day of campaigning before hard-fought parliamentary polls.

Huge crowds packed Tbilisi's central Freedom Square and the capital's main street to cheer billionaire tycoon Bidzina Ivanishvili, whose opposition Georgian Dream coalition is challenging President Mikheil Saakashvili's ruling party in Monday's vote, an Agence France Presse correspondent said.

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Last Westerner at Guantanamo Returns to Canada

The last Westerner held in the U.S. prison for terror suspects in Guantanamo Bay, who was arrested as a teen in Afghanistan, returned to his native Canada on Saturday, a Canadian cabinet minister and the Pentagon said.

Omar Khadr, now 26, left the prison in Cuba on a U.S. military plane and arrived at a Canadian air base in Trenton in Ontario province at 1140 GMT, said Public Safety Minister Vic Toews.

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Pope's Secretary Called to Testify in Vatican Butler Trial

Pope Benedict XVI's personal secretary, Georg Ganswein, will be called to testify in the trial of the pontiff's former butler Paolo Gabriele for leaking confidential Vatican documents.

Ganswein, 56, was Gabriele's direct superior and confronted the butler about the leaks early in May after being tipped off by the Vatican police. He has already given investigators evidence about his former charge's conduct.

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Nigerian Security Officers Arrested for Boko Haram Links

Nigeria's military said Friday it had arrested a number of security personnel over links to Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, whose insurgency has killed hundreds of people.

The arrests came after soldiers from a special military unit deployed in the northeastern city of Maiduguri arrested an immigration officer, Grema Mohammed, for allegedly being an active member of Boko Haram, a military spokesman said.

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Islamists Destroy Another Saint's Tomb in Morth Mali

Islamists destroyed Saturday another tomb of a Muslim saint in a northern Mali region under their control, witnesses said.

"I saw the Islamists in Goundam destroy the mausoleum of Alfa Mobo, beside the cemetery," local municipal councilor Mamadou Cisse told Agence France Presse.

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Chinese Premier Calls on People to Back Communist Party

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao called on Saturday for his people to unite in support of the Communist Party and its outgoing leader, President Hu Jintao, ahead of a pivotal congress to usher in new leadership.

The announcement comes amid a damaging political scandal involving Bo Xilai, a senior party boss who is to stand trial for a litany of crimes including abuse of power and improper sexual relations.

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Thousands Rally in Pakistan's Karachi against U.S. Anti-Islam Film

Thousands of people thronged the streets of Pakistan's biggest city of Karachi on Saturday in the latest protest against a U.S.-made anti-Islam film, police and witnesses said.

The protesters, who included activists from the hardline 'Sunni Tehreek', wore green and white headbands as they marched through the city's main M.A. Jinnah road while some trampled on the American flag.

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Eight Dead, Eight Injured in Russian Plant Fire

Eight people were killed and eight others were hurt when a major fire broke out at an industrial waste treatment plant in oil-rich western Siberia, the emergencies ministry said on Saturday.

"Eight people died, (and) eight people were wounded," the regional emergencies ministry said in a statement, adding that the survivors were hospitalized.

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