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Flash Flood Kills 28 in Northern Afghanistan

Flash floods swept through four villages in northern Afghanistan, killing 28 people and leaving 20 others missing, officials said Friday.

"Heavy rains overnight triggered flood waters that broke through four mountainous villages in Ishkamish district of northern Takhar province," Takhar provincial governor, Abdul Jabar Taqwa, told Agence France Presse.

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India 5.4 Quake Sends Panicked People into the Streets

Northeast India was shaken by a shallow 5.4-magnitude earthquake on Friday that sent people fleeing into the streets in panic, damaged buildings and left two injured.

One house collapsed and cracks appeared in some buildings in the quake, which had its epicenter in Guwahati, the main commercial city of the mineral- and tea-rich state of Assam.

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Victim's Family Member Hurls Shoe at Norway’s Breivik

A family member of one of the victims of Norwegian killer Anders Behring Breivik threw a shoe at him in court on Friday, screaming "you killer, go to Hell!"

The shoe attack, which came as a coroner presented more autopsy reports on the mostly-young victims of the July massacre at Utoeya island was followed by applause, "bravos" and tears among onlookers in the courtroom, and led to a temporary suspension of proceedings on the 17th day of the trial.

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Greek-owned Tanker Hijacked in Arabian Sea

A Greek-owned tanker has been hijacked in the Arabian Sea with a cargo of 135,000 tons of crude oil, the operating company said on Friday.

"At approximately 1115 GMT on 10 May, 2012, an oil tanker managed by Dynacom Tankers Management Ltd. was reported hijacked while it was transiting the Arabian Sea," the Athens-based company said.

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NATO: Man in Afghan Army Uniform Kills NATO Soldier

A man dressed in Afghan army uniform opened fire at NATO troops in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, killing one service member, the military said.

The death brings to 20 the number of NATO soldiers killed by Afghan colleagues in at least 15 separate attacks so far this year.

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Two Servicemen Killed, Seven Wounded in Caucasus

Two Russian soldiers died in a shootout with militants in the Caucasus region of Dagestan where violence shows no sign of easing, police said Friday.

The shootout, which also left four servicemen and three policemen wounded, took place just outside the village of Tsetkovka in the Caspian Sea region on Thursday, regional police said.

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Turkey's Erdogan Calls 'New Era' in Relations with France

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for a "new era" in Franco-Turkish relations in a congratulatory phone call to president-elect Francois Hollande, officials said Friday.

In the call late on Thursday, Erdogan said he hoped "Turko-French relations will from now on be free from artificial questions currently affecting them," an official in Erdogan's entourage said.

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Report: Saudi Double Agent had British Passport

The double agent who infiltrated al-Qaida and helped foil a plot to blow up a U.S.-bound airliner held a British passport in addition to being a Saudi national, CNN reported Thursday.

The man was sent by Saudi counterterrorism agents into Yemen as a mole after it was learned that al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula was developing an updated model of the underwear bomb that failed to explode in a Christmas Day 2009 attempt.

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U.S. Not Disappointed by Putin Skipping of G8 Summit

The White House insisted Thursday it was not disappointed that Russian President Vladimir Putin will skip the G8 summit and talks with President Barack Obama next week.

The Russian leader, returned as president after a four year break Monday, and was expected to have a first chance to meet on a president-to-president level with Obama at the Camp David summit in Maryland.

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10 Die as 6 Suicide Bombers Try to Storm Afghanistan Govt. Bldg.

Four people were killed and five wounded Thursday when a group of six suicide bombers wearing police uniforms attempted to storm a government building in southeastern Afghanistan, police said.

A firefight erupted as the attackers tried to get through a police checkpoint in an attempt to attack the Yahyakhail district governor's office in Paktika province, provincial police chief Dawlat Khan Zadran told Agence France Presse.

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