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Suicide and Gun Attack on Afghan Governor's House, 19 Killed

A gun and suicide attack on an Afghan governor's compound killed 19 people and wounded nearly 40 others on Sunday in the latest Taliban assault raising fears about security just outside the capital Kabul.

Abdul Basir Salangi, the governor of Parwan province, told a local television channel while gunbattles were underway that six suicide bombers had stormed the main provincial administration.

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At Least 4 Dead, 40 Injured as Stage Collapses in Indiana

At least four people were killed and 40 injured when a stage structure collapsed at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, local officials said early Sunday.

The tragedy occurred late Saturday when a wind gust brought down the stage rigging prepared for a country music concert shortly before 9:00 pm (0100 GMT Sunday), police said.

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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Calls for Unity on First Political Trip

Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi called for unity in her country on Sunday, as she addressed crowds on her first political trip outside her home city since her release from house arrest.

Suu Kyi, who was released from seven straight years of detention days after an election last November, has defied a government security warning with a visit to the Bago region, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Yangon.

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U.S. Anti-Gang Cop Warns Britain over Riot Policy

A U.S. street crime expert enlisted by British Prime Minister David Cameron to help curb gangs after this week's riots warned Saturday that solving the problem was more complex than just arresting people.

As police turned out in force in London on Saturday in a bid to prevent any repeat of England's worst riots in decades, former New York police commissioner Bill Bratton agreed to visit Britain in coming months to give advice.

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Kurdish Rebels Claim Attack on Gas Pipeline

Kurdish rebels on Saturday claimed responsibility for an attack on a pipeline in eastern Turkey that has cut off Iranian gas shipments to Turkey.

The pro-Kurdish Firat news agency carried a statement from the armed wing of of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) saying its guerrillas sabotaged the pipeline at around 2000 GMT on Thursday.

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Afghan Blast Kills Five from Same Family

Five members of the same family were killed Saturday when a roadside bomb ripped through their minivan in insurgency-hit southern Afghanistan, an official said.

The incident happened in Gereshk, a volatile district of Helmand province, as the family traveled to Helmand's main town Lashkar Gah, provincial spokesman Daud Ahmadi said.

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China Sends Anti-Terrorist Unit to Restive Xinjiang

China has deployed an elite police counter-terrorism unit to the restive northwest region of Xinjiang after a series of deadly attacks there, state media reported Saturday.

The Snow Leopard Commando unit is expected to carry out "anti-terrorist missions" in Kashgar and Hotan, which were hit by the recent violence, the China Daily newspaper quoted a spokesman for the region's police force as saying.

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Gunmen Kidnap U.S. Citizen in Pakistan

At least eight armed men kidnapped a U.S. national in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore on Saturday, police said, having overpowered his security guards.

The incident took place in the Model Town area, senior local police official, Shahzada Saleem told AFP.

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Attack Stops Iranian Gas Shipments to Turkey

An attack on a pipeline in eastern Turkey cut off Iranian gas shipments to Turkey overnight and it may take up to a week before they resume, the energy ministry said Friday.

"Work continues to put out the fire," the governor's office in Agri province said in a statement quoted by Anatolia news agency.

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Pakistani Soldier Sentenced to Death for Murder

A Pakistani court Friday found a paramilitary soldier guilty of murder and sentenced him to death for killing an unarmed man at point blank range in a public park two months ago.

The judge sentenced five other soldiers to life imprisonment over the June 8 killing of Sarfaraz Shah, 22, which was captured live on camera, as well as the civilian who accused him of robbery and dragged him over to the soldiers.

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