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One Dead, Captain Missing as Sandy Sinks U.S. Tall Ship

Hurricane Sandy sank a tall ship off North Carolina Monday, killing one crew member and leaving the captain missing as 14 others were plucked alive from lifeboats by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Claudene Christian, 42, was found "unresponsive" at sea and taken by hospital to hospital amid a dramatic rescue operation in wild Atlantic Ocean swells whipped up by the storm. Her death was later confirmed by the hospital.

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Clinton to Push Bosnia for Reforms at Start of Balkans Tour

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton begins a five-nation Balkans tour on Tuesday, seeking to push regional leaders to stick to existing agreements and enact the reforms needed to join the EU and NATO.

Clinton, who will be joined by European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton during her first stop in Sarajevo, is expected to call on Bosnia to speed up reforms in a country still deeply divided along ethnic lines 17 years after the 1992-1995 war there.

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Six Colombian Police Killed in Rebel Attack

Six Colombian police officers were killed Monday in an attack blamed on leftist FARC guerrillas, regional police sources told AFP.

The officers were gunned down in the southwestern department of Cauca between the towns of Puerto Tejada and Villarrica, according to local police, who blamed the assault on the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

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Deadly Storm Strikes Argentine Capital

At least two people were killed in Argentina when torrential rain drenched the Buenos Aires area Monday, knocking out power, and flooding streets and train tunnels, officials said.

A 65-year-old man drowned when he fell down trying to rescue a television set from his flooded home in the town of Isidro Casanova, just west of Buenos Aires, the victim's son told local media.

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Superstorm Sandy Weakens after Leaving 32 Dead, Millions without Power

Superstorm Sandy finally weakened on Tuesday but only after leaving a trail of destruction from the Caribbean to Canada with almost 100 dead, New York in chaos and millions without power.

The storm, which claimed 67 lives in the Caribbean and at least 32 in the United States and Canada, has left an uncertain impact on the U.S. presidential race, striking one week before the nation votes in a cliffhanger election.

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Sudan Denies Iran Role in Bombed Arms Factory

Sudan's foreign ministry on Monday denied that Iran had any involvement in a military factory which Khartoum says was attacked by Israeli aircraft last week.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms what is known by all: that Iran has no need to manufacture weapons in Sudan, for Iran or for its allies," the ministry said in a statement.

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Obama Races Back to White House as Hurricane Threatens

President Barack Obama left the campaign trail Monday to lead his nation at a moment of crisis, steering the response to Hurricane Sandy, which left the endgame of the White House race in turmoil.

Republican Mitt Romney joined the president in canceling campaign appearances as high winds, swamping tides and lashing rain hit the northeastern United States and conjured a moment of political peril for the rivals.

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Romney Cancels Campaign Events Due to Hurricane

Republican White House candidate Mitt Romney canceled campaign events on Monday and Tuesday as a show of sensitivity as millions of Americans hunker down as Hurricane Sandy approaches.

The decision, announced by his campaign, means that Romney will not appear in Wisconsin later on Monday and he will also postpone events elsewhere on Tuesday, complicating his bid to maintain momentum a week before election day.

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Observers Slam Ukraine Poll as Ruling Party Nears Victory

Ukraine's ruling party was set Monday to beat the allies of jailed ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko in legislative elections that observers condemned as a setback for the ex-Soviet state's nascent democracy.

Prime Minister Mykola Azarov predicted that the Regions Party had won an outright majority in Sunday's ballot following a disappointing performance by another opposition group led by world heavyweight boxer Vitaly Klitschko.

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British, Pakistani, UAE Ministers Visit Malala's Hospital

Pakistan's interior minister and the foreign ministers of Britain and the UAE visited the English hospital treating shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai on Monday.

Britain's Foreign Office said the trio also met with the father of 15-year-old Malala, who was shot in the head by the Taliban earlier this month as punishment for campaigning for girls' education, in an attack that shocked the world.

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