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UK Judge Issues Damning Press Verdict

Britain needs a new independent media regulator to eliminate a subculture of unethical behavior that infected segments of the country's press, a senior judge said Thursday at the end of a yearlong inquiry into newspaper wrongdoing.

Lord Justice Brian Leveson said a new regulatory body should be established in law to prevent more people from being hurt by "press behavior that, at times, can only be described as outrageous."

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IAEA Chief Calls for 'Urgency' in Iran Diplomacy

Diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis over Iran's nuclear activities need to be pursued with "urgency," the head of the U.N. atomic agency said Thursday.

"The IAEA is firmly committed to dialogue," International Atomic Energy Agency head Yukiya Amano said at the start of a two-day meeting of the U.N. body's board set to be dominated by Iran's program.

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Pakistani Warlord Wounded in Suicide Attack

Pakistani warlord Mullah Nazir, who sends men into Afghanistan to fight US soldiers, was wounded Thursday in a suicide attack that killed two other people, security officials said.

Nazir is the main warlord affiliated to the Pakistani Taliban in South Waziristan, one of seven districts that make up the semi-autonomous tribal belt considered a base for al-Qaida and other Islamist militants.

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German Police Detain 11 after Iran Embassy Protest

German police detained 11 people after a demonstration outside the Iranian embassy in Berlin during which paint and stones were lobbed at the building, police said on Thursday.

The protest late on Wednesday was organized by activists, including Iranian refugees, against "repression by the fascist government of the Islamic Republic of Iran against its opponents inside the country", the protesters said in a written statement.

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U.N. Tribunal Acquits Kosovo ex-PM of War Crimes

The U.N. Yugoslav war crimes court on Thursday acquitted Kosovo's ex-prime minister Ramush Haradinaj and two aides in a retrial on charges of murder and torture during the 1990s war of independence from Belgrade.

"The chamber finds you not guilty on all counts in the indictment," Judge Bakone Justice Moloto told the Hague-based court, ordering the men released in a decision that is certain to enrage Belgrade.

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Roadside Bomb Kills 10 in Afghanistan

A roadside bomb killed 10 civilians, including a woman and five children, and wounded eight when it ripped through a van in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, officials said.

The families were on their way to visit a relative who had recently returned from Mecca when their vehicle was hit in Dih Rawud district in rural Uruzgan province, district governor Nematullah Khaliqi told Agence France Presse.

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U.N. Chief Backs Mali Intervention with Conditions

U.N. leader Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday the Security Council should approve a military attack on Islamic militants in Mali only if African nations can answer "fundamental questions" on their proposed force.

The U.N. leader said in a report that any operation in northern Mali carries major humanitarian and human rights risks even though it is becoming necessary because of mounting abuses by the "terrorist and affiliated" militants.

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Report: N. Korea's Defense Chief Replaced with Hawkish General

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has replaced his defense chief with a hawkish general in a shakeup apparently aimed at tightening his grip over the military, a report said Thursday.

Vice Marshal Kim Jong-Gak was sacked as defense minister after just seven months in office, Yonhap News Agency quoted an unnamed senior South Korean presidential official as saying.

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Indonesian Islamist Group Demands Russia Release Members

Around 200 Indonesians from the Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir rallied Thursday outside Russia's embassy, demanding the release of six of its leaders and accusing Moscow of planting weapons to smear them.

Women in black robes and white headscarves, men and children held portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin above the words "The real terrorist".

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Scores Injured as Myanmar Cracks Down on Mine Protest

Security forces cracked down on protesters occupying a copper mine early Thursday, using water cannons and other devices to break up the rally hours before opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was expected to hear their grievances.

Unexplained fires engulfed the protest camps at the Letpadaung mine in northwestern Myanmar and dozens of Buddhist monks and villagers were injured, according to several protesters. Those who fled the site emerged with burns and charred clothing on their bodies.

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