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U.S. Fighters Intercept Two Planes as U.N. Assembly Meets

U.S. fighter jets intercepted two small planes Tuesday after they violated temporary airspace restrictions over the U.N. General Assembly in New York, the North American Aerospace Defense Command said.

The aircraft were intercepted in separate incidents over central New Jersey by two F-22 fighters at around 11:00 am (15:00 GMT), NORAD said in a statement.

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Six Dead in Turkey Bomb Blast

Six people were killed and several others wounded when a bomb apparently targeting police exploded in southeastern Turkey on Tuesday, hospital sources said.

The powerful blast in the center of the province of Tunceli destroyed a police vehicle and hit another vehicle, local security sources told Agence France Presse.

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Several Hurt in Turkey Bomb Blast

A bomb exploded in Kurdish-majority southeastern Turkey on Tuesday as a police vehicle passed by, wounding several people, security sources said.

The powerful blast in the center of Tunceli province destroyed the vehicle, the sources said, and many ambulances were dispatched to the scene.

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Radical Cleric Abu Hamza Set for Extradition to U.S.

Britain on Tuesday prepared to hand over radical Muslim preacher Abu Hamza to the United States on terrorism charges after the European Court of Human Rights rejected his final appeal.

The Strasbourg-based court on Monday upheld an April 10 ruling against the Egyptian-born terror suspect and four others which had approved their extradition by London, ending a long legal battle.

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Armenian Soldier Killed at Azerbaijani Border

Azerbaijani forces killed an Armenian soldier on Tuesday on the border between the enemy ex-Soviet states, the Defense Ministry in Yerevan said.

"Serviceman Vaghinak Baghdasarian was killed by enemy fire," a brief Defense Ministry statement said without giving further details.

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U.N. Summit Leaders Say Assad Must Go

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday said the Syria "calamity" is turning into a global crisis as U.S. President Barack Obama led growing calls for an end to Bashar Assad's rule.

Condemnations of Assad marked the opening day of the U.N. General Assembly of world leaders, as the conflict passes 18 months and the international community remains deadlocked over how to end the bloodshed.

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Pakistan Minister Stands by Film-Maker Bounty

A Pakistani government minister who offered $100,000 for the death of a film-maker who produced an anti-Islam movie stood by the bounty Tuesday, saying it was the "only way" to stop insults to the prophet Mohammed.

Railways minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour sparked international condemnation when he offered the blood money and urged the Taliban and Al-Qaeda to carry out what he called the "noble deed".

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Nigeria Says Senior Islamist Killed, 156 Arrested in Raids

Nigeria's military said Tuesday that it has killed a senior Boko Haram Islamist leader and arrested 156 suspected members of the group during a weekend raid in northeastern Adamawa state.

"In the three-day operation, the town was placed under 24-hour curfew, which enabled soldiers to comb the nooks and corners," said Lieutenant Saleh Mohammed Buba, military spokesman in Adamawa.

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Military Called in to Help Flood-Hit NE India

Air force helicopters and soldiers in rubber dinghies helped deliver fresh water and food to flood victims in northeast India on Tuesday as the number of displaced rose to 1.8 million.

Nineteen of 27 districts in the state of Assam have been hit by floods and 13 people have been killed over the past week, according to the latest figures from the local disaster management authority.

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Flood Warnings across Northern England after Town Swamped

Swathes of northern England were struggling to hold back flood waters on Tuesday after a historic market town was swamped following a second day of torrential rain.

Dozens of people were evacuated from their homes in Morpeth, Northumberland, in northeast England before the River Wansbeck overwhelmed flood defenses and the waters swept large tree trunks down the river.

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