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21 N.Koreans Found Adrift Off South

A group of 21 North Koreans including women and children have been found adrift off the South's western coast, military authorities said Saturday.

A five-ton wooden boat with the group on board was spotted by sailors on a South Korean Navy vessel in the Yellow Sea on Sunday, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a press statement. Earlier reports said they were found Tuesday.

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Six Killed as Italian Port City Floods

Six people were killed on Friday when the Italian port city of Genoa was hit by flash floods during heavy rainfall, including one woman who was apparently crushed by cars being swept away by the water.

"There have been six deaths," said the local prefect, Francesco Musolino.

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Colombian Officials Say Top FARC Leader Killed

The top leader of Colombia's main rebel group, the bookish ideologue Alfonso Cano, was killed Friday in a military raid in the country's southwest, authorities said.

The death was a major victory for President Juan Manuel Santos, coming just over a year after the military killed the rebels' field marshal. It was anything but a fatal blow, however, to the nearly half-century-old peasant-based insurgency.

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Suicide Bombers Hit Military HQ in Nigerian City

Several explosions ripped through Nigeria's troubled northeastern and predominantly Muslim city of Maiduguri on Friday, including a suicide bomb attack on military offices, the army said.

Another one of the bombs went off outside the offices of the state intelligence agency, a military spokesman in the city said.

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Hundreds of Foreigners Stranded in Everest Region

Around 1,500 foreign tourists have been stranded in the Everest region due to heavy fog that has halted flights from the only airstrip serving the area, a local aviation official said on Friday.

Thousands of foreign tourists visit the Everest region during the peak tourism season late in the year.

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Vietnam Diplomat Warns of War in South China Sea

Territorial tensions in the South China Sea could explode into "full-scale conflicts" unless quarrelling neighbors abide by international law, a Vietnamese diplomat warned on Friday.

Dang Dinh Quy, president of the state-run Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, told a Hanoi conference on maritime disputes that the significance of the sea to regional peace was becoming increasingly evident.

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China Hits Out at U.S. Cyber Spying Accusations

Beijing on Friday hit out at a U.S. intelligence agency report accusing the Chinese of extensive cyber spying, saying it was unprofessional and irresponsible.

The unusually blunt report on foreign cyber spying submitted to the U.S. Congress on Thursday said the Chinese were the world's "most active and persistent perpetrators" of economic espionage.

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Iran Celebrates 1979 U.S. Embassy Seizure

Thousands of Iranians chanting "Death to America" marked the anniversary on Friday of the 1979 seizure of the U.S. embassy amid references to recent U.S. allegations of an Iranian assassination plot.

The annual celebration in front of what Iranians call "the den of spies" was also used this year as a platform to hail the Arab Spring -- termed the "Islamic awakening" here -- and to denounce Israel.

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Four Dead, 50 Trapped in China Mine Accident

Four miners died and 50 were left trapped in a central China coal mine, officials said Friday, in the latest fatal incident to hit the nation's notoriously dangerous mining industry.

The accident occurred Thursday at the Henan Yima Coal Mine Group's Qianqiu facility in Henan province, a spokesman for the state-owned company told Agence France Presse.

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Iran Summons Swiss Envoy to Protest over U.S. 'Threats'

Iran made a formal protest Thursday over military experts' remarks to a U.S. Congressional committee last week urging the targeted assassination of members of its elite Quds Force military special operations unit.

Iran's foreign ministry summoned the Swiss ambassador to Tehran, Livia Leu Agosti, to condemn the Congressional committee session "on the issue of assassinating Iranian officials," the website of Iran's state broadcaster said.

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