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9 Climbers Killed, 6 Missing in Nepal Avalanche

An avalanche swept away climbers on a Himalayan peak in Nepal on Sunday, leaving at least nine dead and six others missing, officials said.

Police official Basanta Bahadur Kuwar said the bodies of a Nepalese guide and German man were recovered and that rescue pilots have spotted seven other bodies on the slopes of Mount Manaslu in northern Nepal. The mountain is the eighth highest in the world.

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Suicide Bomber Kills 2, Injures Scores in Nigeria Church Attack

A suicide bomber who tried to ram an explosives-packed car into a church in Nigeria on Sunday killed a woman and a child while badly wounding dozens more, the Red Cross said.

The attacker targeted the St. John's Catholic Church in the northern city of Bauchi, where tight security was imposed after a wave church bombings claimed by the radical Islamist group Boko Haram.

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Pakistan's Government Rejects Filmmaker's $100,000 Bounty

The Pakistan government distanced itself Sunday from a $100,000 bounty offered by a cabinet minister for the death of the maker of an anti-Islam film that has sparked protests across the Muslim world.

Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour invited members of the Taliban and al-Qaida to take part in the "noble deed,” and said given the chance he would kill the film-maker with his own hands.

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Top Chinese Official Makes Landmark Afghan Visit

China's top security official has made the first high-level trip to Afghanistan by a senior Chinese leader in nearly half a century, meeting President Hamid Karzai in Kabul.

Zhou Yongkang made the four-hour visit on Saturday, in a secretive trip aimed at shoring up ties between the neighbors, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

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China Postpones Ceremony of Diplomatic Ties with Japan Over Islands Row

China postponed Sunday a ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties with Japan, due to an ongoing territorial dispute, Xinhua news agency said.

"Due to the current situation, the Chinese side has decided that the reception commemorating the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations will be postponed until an appropriate time," Xinhua cited an official as saying.

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Nationwide Strike in Bangladesh over Anti-Islam Film

Most schools, shops and offices were closed in Bangladesh on Sunday as opposition parties enforced a nationwide strike to protest against the mocking of the Prophet Mohammed in a U.S. Internet film.

Thousands of police patrolled the capital Dhaka and roads were quiet across the country on what is normally a business day in the Muslim-majority country of 153 million people.

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Authoritarian Belarus Votes amid Opposition Boycott

Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko is set to maintain his forces in power on Sunday as people cast their ballots in a parliamentary vote boycotted by most of the opposition.

Polling opened at 8:00 am (0500 GMT) in the country of 9.5 million people, state television said, and would continue until 8:00 pm, supplemented by Soviet-style state-organized fairs and music concerts throughout the capital.

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Pakistan Minister Offers Bounty for Anti-Islam Film-Maker

A Pakistani government minister Saturday offered a $100,000 reward for the death of the maker of the anti-Islam film produced in the U.S. that sparked violent protests across the Muslim world.

Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour invited members of the Talban and al-Qaida to take part in the "noble deed", and said given the chance he would kill the film-maker with his own hands.

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Peaceful Protests against Islam Film in Germany

Around 1,500 people staged a peaceful protest in the western German city of Dortmund Saturday against a film mocking the Prophet Mohammed that has enraged Muslims around the world, police said.

A police spokesman said the demonstrators, including many families with children, marched through the city center and ended the protest with a rally.

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French Police Nip Banned Islam Demos in the Bud

French police enforcing a ban on on protests over an anti-Islam film and cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed made 21 arrests in Paris on Saturday and thwarted plans for a march in a northern city.

Those arrested in the capital, who included several veiled women, were detained near the Place de la Concorde, where a week ago an unauthorised demo against the film led to 150 arrests.

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