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15 Killed in Turkish Army Operation against Kurdish Rebels

Two Turkish troops and 13 Kurdish rebels have been killed in a military operation in southeastern Turkey, security sources said Thursday.

The air and ground operation, launched Wednesday, was targeting members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) sheltering in the mountainous areas near the town of Cukurca in Hakkari province, near the border with Iraq, according to the sources.

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One Dead in Somali Capital Grenade Attack

An insurgent killed a woman and wounded three people when he hurled a grenade in a busy street in Somalia's war-ravaged capital, police and witnesses said Thursday.

"The woman died as people rushed her to the hospital," said Abdi Mohammed Ahmed, a bus conductor who witnessed the attack, in Mogadishu's central K4 district.

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EU Police Arrest Two in Kosovo over Warcrimes

European police on Thursday arrested two people suspected of committing rape during the 1998-1999 Kosovo war, the European Union rule-of-law mission EULEX said in a press release.

"Two people have been arrested in a joint operation by EULEX Police and Kosovo police in a war crimes related case," the statement said.

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Netanyahu to Set 'clear Red Line' on Iran in U.N. Speech

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was to set a "clear red line" on Iran's controversial nuclear program in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly later Thursday, an Israeli official said.

"In his speech, the prime minister will set a clear red line" on Iranian nuclear activities, a senior Israeli official told reporters traveling with Netanyahu as his plane arrived in New York.

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France Vows to Kick out Islamic Troublemakers

France's Socialist government vowed Thursday to do more to integrate the country's Muslims but warned that it would not tolerate the country becoming a hotbed of Islamic radicalism.

In a speech marking the inauguration of the Strasbourg Grand Mosque, the biggest Islamic place of worship ever built on French soil, Interior Minister Manuel Valls pledged to come down hard on extremists, warning that foreign activists trying to stir up trouble would be immediately deported.

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Erdogan Says New Talks with Kurd Rebels Possible

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey could hold new negotiations with Kurdish rebels, in the face of a surge in deadly violence in the Kurdish-dominated southeast.

"We are ready to do whatever is necessary to (find) a solution," Erdogan told Turkish television late Wednesday, but insisting that the militants who have been fighting the Turkish state since 1984 must lay down their weapons.

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Chinese Citizen Charged over U.S. Military Exports

A Chinese citizen has been charged in New York with illegally attempting to export highly restricted material from the United States for use by China's air force, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

The criminal complaint in Brooklyn federal court accused Ming Suan Zhang, 40, of breaking U.S. laws regulating the export of specialized carbon fiber, a light, but strong material commonly used in the military, defense and aerospace industries.

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Japan's PM Warns China against 'Attacks' in Island Spat

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda insisted Wednesday there could be no compromise with China on the ownership of a disputed island chain and denounced attacks on Japanese interests.

Speaking to reporters at the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Noda said China misunderstands the issues at stake and demanded an end to threats against Japanese citizens and business interests in China by nationalist protesters.

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Sudan, South Sudan Reach Partial Deal on Demilitarized Zone

Sudan and South Sudan reached agreements on a demilitarized border zone and oil production but made limited progress on contested areas, their officials said late Wednesday.

"There is agreement on some areas," said South Sudan delegation spokesman Atif Kiir, while his Sudanese counterpart Badr el-din Abdullah Badr spoke of "progress on many issues," with both saying a deal would be inked Thursday.

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White House: Benghazi Attack was Terrorism

The White House said Wednesday that President Barack Obama did see the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi as terrorism, after Mitt Romney accused him of downplaying the incident.

The Republican presidential candidate, hoping to dent the president's favorable approval ratings on foreign policy, has attacked Obama for describing turmoil in the Middle East as "bumps in the road."

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