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U.S. Wants 'Results' at April 13 Talks in Istanbul with Iran

The United States wants "concrete results" at talks between Iran and world powers on April 13 in Istanbul on Tehran's nuclear program, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Saturday.

"Our policy is one of prevention, not containment," Clinton told a press conference in the Saudi capital after talks with her Gulf Arab counterparts, confirming the venue would be Istanbul as preferred by Iran.

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Mali Junta Says it Supports Return to Constitutional Order

Representatives from the junta that seized power in Mali said Saturday that the putschists agree with West African leaders on the need to swiftly restore constitutional order.

"On the main principles that they asked of us, we say that we agree. There should be a regular and normal constitutional life, and now we are going to discuss the way to establish this," said junta chief of staff Colonel Moussa Sinko Coulibaly after meeting Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore.

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Malawi to Decide if Sudan's Bashir Can Attend AU Summit

Malawi's cabinet will decide if Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir can attend the AU summit in July, despite the war crimes warrant against him, the foreign minister told a weekly Saturday.

"This is a big decision and the whole government machinery needs to sit down to decide whether to allow, deny entry or arrest al-Bashir if he comes again," Foreign Minister Peter Mutharika told the Nation newspaper.

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North Korea Criticizes U.S. Aid Suspension

North Korea on Saturday criticized the U.S. suspension of food aid over its planned rocket launch as an "overreaction,” saying it would render a U.S.-North Korean deal reached last month null and void.

"The U.S. overreaction to DPRK (North Korea's) plan... has gone beyond the limit," a foreign ministry spokesman said, according to the North's official news agency.

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South Korea Says to Work with U.S. to Reduce Iran Oil Imports

South Korean officials said Saturday that they will continue working with the U.S. to reduce oil imports from Iran after President Barack Obama greenlighted potential sanctions against countries that continue to buy Iranian oil.

South Korea is one of several major importers of Iranian oil that have not received exemptions from the U.S. sanctions.

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Argentina's Menem to be Tried for Obstruction of Justice in Jewish Charities Blast Probe

Former Argentine president Carlos Menem was ordered Friday to stand trial for obstruction of justice in a probe of the 1994 bombing of a building housing Jewish charities that killed 85 people.

Justice officials said Judge Ariel Lijo ordered the trial for Menem, president 1989-1999, and former judge Juan Jose Galeano, who was in charge of the investigation for 10 years but was dismissed from the case in 2004.

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Car Bombs Kill 13 in Southern Thailand

A series of car bombs killed 13 people and injured more than 500 in the deadliest attacks to hit the insurgency-torn far south of Thailand in recent years, officials said Sunday.

In an apparent escalation of their tactics, suspected militants Saturday attacked a hotel in Hat Yai, the largest city in southern Thailand and a popular destination for tourists from neighboring Malaysia and Singapore.

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Mali's Junta Seeks Help as Tuareg Rebels Make Gains

Mali's embattled coup leader Captain Amadou Sanogo has called for outside help as advancing Tuareg and Islamist fighters seized ground, including a key northern town, from overwhelmed soldiers.

The Mali army said early Saturday it had pulled its troops out of two towns in the country's northeast, hours after Tuareg separatist rebels forced them out of the strategic town of Kidal.

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Cruise Ship Drifting off Philippines after Engine Fire

A cruise ship with about 1,000 people on board was drifting in waters south of the Philippines after a fire disabled its engines, the Philippine coast guard said Saturday. Five crew members were injured.

The fire on the Azamara Quest started late Friday, a day after the ship left Manila for Sandakan, Malaysia, and was immediately put out, said coast guard spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Algier Ricafrente. He said there were no other details about the incident.

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Turkey Adopts Bill Extending Access to Islamic Schooling

Turkish lawmakers on Friday overwhelmingly adopted an education bill which extends access to religious schools and has infuriated the country's secularists.

The bill was supported by 295 MPs and opposed by 91 in a house dominated by the Justice and Development Party, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's moderate Islamist movement, the Anatolia news agency reported.

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