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Obama to Meet Medvedev, Kan and Sarkozy at G8

U.S. President Barack Obama will hold one-on-one talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan and French leader Nicolas Sarkozy at next week's G8 summit in France.

Obama, who will also visit Ireland, Britain and Poland next week on a major European tour, which will include the G8 developed nations summit in the French seaside resort of Deauville.

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Chirac Graft Trial Can Go Ahead, Top Court Rules

The corruption trial of France's former president Jacques Chirac can go ahead, a top appeals court ruled Friday, rejecting a constitutional challenge.

Lawyers for one of the co-defendants of Chirac, who is accused of embezzling public funds as mayor of Paris in the 1990s, had argued that some of the charges were unconstitutional under the statute of limitations.

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Bhutan's 31-Year-Old King to Marry

The 31-year-old king of Bhutan, an Oxford-educated bachelor crowned in the remote Himalayan country in 2008, set up another royal wedding on Friday by announcing his engagement.

Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, who helped usher in democracy in the Buddhist nation, revealed his intention to marry 20-year-old student Jetsun Pema during an address to parliament.

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Taliban Car Bomb Targets U.S. Convoy in Pakistan

The Taliban bombed a U.S. consulate convoy in Peshawar on Friday, killing one person and wounding 11 others in the first attack on Americans in Pakistan since Osama bin Laden's death.

A U.S. embassy spokesman said no U.S. personnel were seriously wounded in the rush-hour attack in the volatile northwestern city, which runs into the tribal belt that Washington has branded a global headquarters of al-Qaida.

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U.S. Republicans: Obama Betrayed Israel

Top Republican contenders for the White House in 2012 accused President Barack Obama on Thursday of betraying staunch U.S. ally Israel in his new long-shot push for Middle East peace.

"President Obama has thrown Israel under the bus," thundered former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, generally viewed as the frontrunner in the race for the party's presidential nomination.

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5.9 Quake in Northwest Turkey Kills Three

A 5.9-magnitude earthquake partly collapsed some buildings and one mosque in western Turkey, killing at least three people and injuring nearly 100 people, authorities said Friday.

The quake that struck at 11:15 p.m. (2015 GMT) on Thursday, sent terrified residents running from their homes before midnight. It was centered in the town of Simav, the Istanbul-based Kandilli Observatory said.

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New EU Sanctions Target over 100 Iranian Firms

The European Union on Thursday agreed to sanction more than 100 Iranian companies, sharply expanding the number of firms hit by an assets freeze over Iran's disputed nuclear program.

Diplomats said the "significant expansion" in EU sanctions was expected to be approved and announced Monday by the bloc's 27 foreign ministers.

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Ex-Irish Premier Garret FitzGerald Dies after Illness

Former Irish prime minister Garret FitzGerald, who signed a landmark agreement on Northern Ireland in the 1980s, has died in a Dublin hospital after a short illness, his family said Thursday. He was 85.

FitzGerald served twice as Taoiseach, or prime minister, at the head of Fine Gael-Labor coalitions in 1981-82 and 1982-87, during which he signed the Anglo-Irish Agreement with British premier Margaret Thatcher in 1985.

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Turkey Seeks New U.N. Security Council Mandate

Turkey announced Thursday that it is seeking a new term on the United Nations Security Council as a non-permanent member.

In a statement, Turkey's foreign ministry said it was seeking membership for 2015-2016.

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22 Dead in Argentina Plane Crash

A small commercial plane crashed in an isolated part of Patagonia in southern Argentina late Wednesday, killing all 22 people on board, officials said.

"We did not find anyone alive. There were no survivors. The plane is in multiple charred fragments. Everything is burnt and smashed to pieces," said local hospital director Ismael Ali, who participated in the rescue mission.

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