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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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Pope's Butler Goes on Trial in 'Vatileaks' Scandal

Pope Benedict XVI's former butler Paolo Gabriele went on trial on Saturday for leaking confidential Vatican memos that revealed cloak-and-dagger politics among the pope's closest aides.

A once loyal servant who said he grew disgusted by the "evil and corruption" he witnessed, Gabriele told investigators he was acting as an "agent" of the Holy Spirit to help the pope put a weary Catholic Church back on track.

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More Nations Issue Security Alerts in Manila

More Western nations called on their citizens to be cautious in the Philippine capital on Saturday following a U.S. embassy warning a day earlier of an unspecified threat against Americans.

The warnings issued by the British, Canadian and Australian governments called on their citizens to be cautious amid fears they could get caught up in an attempted attack against Americans.

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Shebab Islamists Abandon Last Stronghold in Somalia

Al-Qaida linked Shebab rebels said on Saturday that they have abandoned the southern Somali port city of Kismayo, their last bastion in the country, a day after an assault by African Union troops.

"The military command of Shebab mujahedeen ordered a tactical retreat at midnight," Shebab spokesman Ali Mohamud Rage told Agence France Presse.

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Toll From Spain Floods Rises to 10

Ten people, including a young girl and an elderly woman, have died in Spain as a result of floods brought on by downpours, regional officials said on Saturday.

Five people died in the Andalusia region -- a woman in her 80s, a couple found in their car, a man who died of a heart attack and another man in the village of Archidona, near Malaga.

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