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Church attacks kill at least 3 in Nigeria

A suicide bomber drove his car at a church in central Nigeria while gunmen opened fire on another church in the northeast Sunday, killing at least three and wounding dozens, officials said.

The assaults were the latest in a series targeting churches in Africa's most populous nation and largest oil producer, with many of the previous attacks claimed by Islamist group Boko Haram.

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Kenyan Internal Security Minister Killed in Chopper Crash

Kenyan Internal Security Minister George Saitoti was killed on Sunday alongside a junior minister and four others after a police helicopter crashed near Nairobi, the vice-president said.

"It is unfortunate that we have lost honorable Prof Saitoti, assistant minister Orwa Ojode," Kalonzo Musyoka told journalists.

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Pyongyang Accuses South Korea of Staging ‘Fascist Crackdown’

North Korea Sunday criticized the arrests of two men in South Korea for allegedly collecting military secrets for Pyongyang and accused Seoul of staging a "fascist crackdown.”

A 74-year-old South Korean man surnamed Lee and another with New Zealand citizenship were arrested in May for allegedly collecting information on army equipment capable of disrupting global positioning system (GPS) signals.

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France's Defense Minister in Afghanistan After French Deaths

France's defense minister arrived in Afghanistan Sunday, the day after an attack that killed four French soldiers and an announcement that France would begin withdrawing troops in July.

Shortly after touching down, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian attended a ceremony to honor the dead soldiers, whose coffins -- draped in flags -- were at Kabul's heavily fortified military airport.

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Hollande Tipped to Cement Socialist Power in French Election

France votes Sunday in round one of elections tipped to give Socialist President Francois Hollande the parliamentary majority he needs to steer the country through financial crisis, rising joblessness and a stagnant economy.

Hollande defeated right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy in last month's presidential election and is now calling for voters to turn out en masse to give him the mandate he needs to implement his tax-and-spend program.

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At Least 25 Arrested in Canada Student Unrest

At least 25 people were arrested late Saturday after hundreds took to Montreal's streets, protesting against plans to raise tuition fees -- as well as against Canada's hosting of the Formula One Grand Prix.

The march began peacefully, with some of the 500 protesters banging pots and pans and some wearing carnival masks.

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6.0 Magnitude Quake Strikes Off Northeastern Taiwan

A strong 6.0-magnitude quake struck off Taiwan early on Sunday, U.S. seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a depth of 70 kilometers (40 miles) and hit around 5 am (2100 GMT Saturday), some 50 kilometers east of Su-ao in the northeastern Yilan county.

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Karzai Says NATO to End Air Strikes on Residential Areas

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday that the U.S. commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan had "promised" air strikes on residential areas would stop after apologizing for recent civilian deaths.

Karzai met General John Allen, commander of NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker days after a strike in Logar province, which Afghan officials say killed 18 civilians.

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Suspected Islamist Stabs Two Policemen in Brussels Metro

A suspected Islamist stabbed two policemen Friday at an underground station in a Brussels neighborhood where scuffles broke out a week earlier, local media reported.

The two victims, a man and a woman who were attacked during a routine check, did not sustain life-threatening wounds, the reports said.

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Rebels 'Defeat, Capture' Sudan Troops in Darfur

Sudanese rebels seized control of an area in war-ravaged eastern Darfur after deadly clashes with government militias, their spokesman said on Saturday, adding that the army continued to bombard the area.

"Justice and Equality Movement forces seized the Um Ajajah region in eastern Darfur on Friday, destroying a mobile contingent of government militias and capturing 20 small vehicles and large trucks loaded with military equipment," JEM spokesman Gibril Adam Bilal said.

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