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London: Syria Resembles 1990s Bosnia

The situation in Syria resembles that of Bosnia in the 1990s, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Sunday.

He said Syria seemed on the edge of collapse into sectarian civil war, as he refused to rule out the option of military intervention.

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Quake of 6.0 Magnitude Hits Off Southwest Turkey

An earthquake of 6.0 magnitude hit off southwestern Turkey on Sunday, said the Istanbul-based Kandilli Observatory, as the local health director reported six to seven injuries but no deaths.

The quake, revised down from an initially reported magnitude of 6.1, struck at 1244 GMT off the small holiday resort of Oludeniz near Mugla province, said the institute.

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Myanmar Imposes Curfews After Riots

Myanmar on Sunday imposed curfews in major towns across western Rakhine state, official media reported, amid fears of further unrest following an eruption of deadly sectarian violence.

Television and radio reports said the situation was calm after police and the army stepped in to control rioting on Friday and Saturday that saw hundreds of Buddhist villagers' homes set ablaze and left seven dead in the state, which borders Bangladesh.

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Church attacks kill at least 3 in Nigeria

A suicide bomber drove his car at a church in central Nigeria while gunmen opened fire on another church in the northeast Sunday, killing at least three and wounding dozens, officials said.

The assaults were the latest in a series targeting churches in Africa's most populous nation and largest oil producer, with many of the previous attacks claimed by Islamist group Boko Haram.

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Kenyan Internal Security Minister Killed in Chopper Crash

Kenyan Internal Security Minister George Saitoti was killed on Sunday alongside a junior minister and four others after a police helicopter crashed near Nairobi, the vice-president said.

"It is unfortunate that we have lost honorable Prof Saitoti, assistant minister Orwa Ojode," Kalonzo Musyoka told journalists.

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Pyongyang Accuses South Korea of Staging ‘Fascist Crackdown’

North Korea Sunday criticized the arrests of two men in South Korea for allegedly collecting military secrets for Pyongyang and accused Seoul of staging a "fascist crackdown.”

A 74-year-old South Korean man surnamed Lee and another with New Zealand citizenship were arrested in May for allegedly collecting information on army equipment capable of disrupting global positioning system (GPS) signals.

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France's Defense Minister in Afghanistan After French Deaths

France's defense minister arrived in Afghanistan Sunday, the day after an attack that killed four French soldiers and an announcement that France would begin withdrawing troops in July.

Shortly after touching down, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian attended a ceremony to honor the dead soldiers, whose coffins -- draped in flags -- were at Kabul's heavily fortified military airport.

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Hollande Tipped to Cement Socialist Power in French Election

France votes Sunday in round one of elections tipped to give Socialist President Francois Hollande the parliamentary majority he needs to steer the country through financial crisis, rising joblessness and a stagnant economy.

Hollande defeated right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy in last month's presidential election and is now calling for voters to turn out en masse to give him the mandate he needs to implement his tax-and-spend program.

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At Least 25 Arrested in Canada Student Unrest

At least 25 people were arrested late Saturday after hundreds took to Montreal's streets, protesting against plans to raise tuition fees -- as well as against Canada's hosting of the Formula One Grand Prix.

The march began peacefully, with some of the 500 protesters banging pots and pans and some wearing carnival masks.

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6.0 Magnitude Quake Strikes Off Northeastern Taiwan

A strong 6.0-magnitude quake struck off Taiwan early on Sunday, U.S. seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a depth of 70 kilometers (40 miles) and hit around 5 am (2100 GMT Saturday), some 50 kilometers east of Su-ao in the northeastern Yilan county.

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