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Tanker-Bus Crash Inferno Kills 36 in China

At least 36 people died in a fiery collision between a methanol tanker and a double-decker sleeper bus on a motorway in northern China on Sunday, officials and state media said.

Both vehicles caught fire and only three of the 39 people onboard the bus survived the crash, which occurred around 2:00 am, Xinhua news agency reported.

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Mortar Bombs Kill Six in Pakistan

Mortar bombs smashed through a house in a village in northwestern Pakistan early Saturday, killing six people, security officials said.

The incident took place in Qambarabad village, a suburb of Peshawar close to the Khyber tribal district, where the military is fighting against local warlord Mangal Bagh and his Lashkar-e-Islam (Army of Islam) militant faction.

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Checkpoint Attack Kills I. Coast Soldier, Five Assailants

A solider and five assailants were on Saturday killed when a military checkpoint came under attack in southern Ivory Coast, a military source said, in the latest of a series of assaults.

"A checkpoint of the Republican Force (army) was attacked late morning at Irobo by men in a pick-up. A soldier was killed, another was injured and transferred to Abidjan. Five attackers were killed," the source told Agence France Presse.

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All Nine Wounded in NY Shooting Hit by Police

All nine people wounded in a New York shootout between a gunman who killed a former co-worker and officers who responded to the incident were hit by police fire, officials said Saturday.

The shootout erupted Friday morning in front of the iconic Empire State Building in the heart of Manhattan after Jeffrey Johnson, a former employee at a women's apparel business, killed a former colleague.

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Six Candidates in Race for Somali Parliament Speaker

Six candidates in Somalia are running for the powerful post of parliament speaker, officials said Saturday, as slow progress is made towards selecting a new administration for the war-torn nation.

The United Nations-backed process, which has already selected the majority of a new parliament and will culminate in a vote for president, is the latest bid to end two decades of instability in the Horn of Africa nation.

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Assange to Eventually Resume Broadcasts on Russian TV

Julian Assange will resume his broadcasts on Russian television once his legal troubles are over, a Russian television journalist said Saturday after meeting the WikiLeaks founder in the Ecuadoran embassy in London where he has taken refuge.

"I spent an hour with him and we concluded that when all that is over, and I hope it ends soon, we will certainly resume cooperation with Assange," the editor in chief of RT (Russia Today), Margarita Simonian, told the daily Moskovskii Komsomolets.

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Four Guards Dead in Iran Helicopter Crash

An Iranian helicopter of the Revolutionary Guards crashed in western Iran near the Iraqi border killing four Guards on Saturday, the force's website Sepahnews reported.

It did not specify the type of aircraft, saying only that the helicopter suffered "technical failure" while on a mission in Sardasht border area, which is populated by Iran's Kurdish minority.

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Ivory Coast Ex-President's Spokesman Arrested

The spokesman for former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo has been arrested in Ghana where he fled after the collapse of Gbagbo's regime, his family and a government source said Saturday.

Justin Kone Katinan was under an arrest warrant for alleged economic crimes as budget minister during the three months of crisis and conflict that followed Gbagbo's refusal to cede power to his rival Alassane Ouattara in December 2010.

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Three French Police Wounded in Fresh Urban Unrest

France suffered a fresh outbreak of urban unrest early Saturday that saw three officers wounded when police came under attack by a crowd firing shotguns and lobbing petrol bombs.

Two of the officers were wounded by shotgun pellets and the third by a firework used as a rocket in the incident that began late Friday in the Grigny suburb of Paris, police said.

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Venezuela in Mourning after Refinery Blast Kills 39

Venezuela was in mourning Sunday after a massive explosion tore through the country's largest refinery, killing at least 39 people and injuring more than 80 others.

President Hugo Chavez declared three days of national mourning Saturday, saying the tragedy affected "the great Venezuelan family, civilian and military."

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