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Salehi: U.N. Nuclear Chief to Visit Iran

The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog, Yukiya Amano, will visit Iran to discuss the dimensions of Tehran's nuclear program, Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi was reported as saying on Wednesday.

"The visit of Mr. Amano to Tehran is in line with discussions about possible military dimensions" of the program, Salehi said, quoted by IRNA state news agency.

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Iran Can Defeat 'Barbaric' Sanctions, Vows Khamenei

Iran can overcome problems caused by "barbaric" economic sanctions that Western states have imposed over its nuclear program, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday.

"These sanctions are barbaric. This is a war against a nation... But the Iranian nation will defeat them," Khamenei said in a speech broadcast on state television.

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Man Behind Anti-Muslim Film to Appear in Court

A California man with many aliases who was behind an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East is expected to be asked by a judge Wednesday whether he violated his probation for a 2010 bank fraud conviction.

Federal prosecutors said Mark Basseley Youssef, 55, had eight probation violations, including lying to his probation officer and using aliases. If Youssef denies those allegations, a judge will then likely schedule an evidentiary hearing.

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Fresh Anti-Rohingya Rally in West Myanmar

Hundreds of Buddhist women protested Wednesday in western Myanmar against the presence of stateless Rohingya Muslims in the violence-hit region, an organizer said.

The demonstrators urged the Organization of the Islamic Conference to stop its assistance to Rohingya in Rakhine state, where tensions have been running high since deadly Buddhist-Muslim clashes broke out in June.

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Renewed Shelling of S. Kordofan Capital, Say Sudan Rebels

Sudanese rebels have shelled the capital of South Kordofan state for the second time this week, they said on Wednesday, but it was not immediately clear if there were casualties or damage.

"There is some shelling inside Kadugli. It was yesterday evening," Arnu Ngutulu Lodi, spokesman for the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), told AFP.

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Nigeria Arrests Eight 'Islamist' Gunmen over Police Killings

Police in northern Nigeria said Wednesday they have arrested eight suspected Islamist militants over the killing of two police officers who were shot while guarding medical personnel.

The officers were killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen on Tuesday while escorting a group going door-to-door around the city of Kano conducting polio vaccinations, police spokesman Magaji Majia said.

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Chinese American Passenger Held at LA Airport as Arsenal Seized

A 28-year-old man on a plane from Asia was arrested in Los Angeles after he was found wearing body armor and transporting a small arsenal of weapons including a smoke grenade, officials said Tuesday.

Yongda Huang Harris, a naturalized U.S. citizen of Chinese descent, faces a charge of transporting hazardous materials after he was detained by border guards Friday at Los Angeles International (LAX) airport.

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Insurgent Bomb Kills Six Afghan Cops

A Taliban roadside bomb ripped through a police vehicle in a southern Afghanistan town on Wednesday, killing six officers including a commander, an official said.

The officers, part of a U.S.-sponsored community force known as the Afghan Local Police (ALP), were patrolling in Nad Ali, a restive town in the province of Helmand when hit by the blast, the official said.

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Police Find Bomb Components in France Extremists Probe

French police have uncovered bomb-making material during a probe into a group of Islamic extremists detained at the weekend for allegedly targeting Jews, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Describing the group as a serious threat, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said the detention of the 12 suspects pending charges would be extended beyond the usual four-day maximum to at least a fifth day.

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S. Korean Army under Probe for Failed Border Watch

A South Korean army division faces embarrassing questions after a North Korean soldier traveled unchecked across one of the world's most fortified borders and knocked on a guard post asking for asylum.

The 22nd division based in the northeastern county of Goseong has been placed under disciplinary inspection over the incident on the night of October 2, a Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) official told journalists on Wednesday.

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