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Suicide Bombers Hit Military HQ in Nigerian City

Several explosions ripped through Nigeria's troubled northeastern and predominantly Muslim city of Maiduguri on Friday, including a suicide bomb attack on military offices, the army said.

Another one of the bombs went off outside the offices of the state intelligence agency, a military spokesman in the city said.

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Hundreds of Foreigners Stranded in Everest Region

Around 1,500 foreign tourists have been stranded in the Everest region due to heavy fog that has halted flights from the only airstrip serving the area, a local aviation official said on Friday.

Thousands of foreign tourists visit the Everest region during the peak tourism season late in the year.

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Vietnam Diplomat Warns of War in South China Sea

Territorial tensions in the South China Sea could explode into "full-scale conflicts" unless quarrelling neighbors abide by international law, a Vietnamese diplomat warned on Friday.

Dang Dinh Quy, president of the state-run Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, told a Hanoi conference on maritime disputes that the significance of the sea to regional peace was becoming increasingly evident.

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China Hits Out at U.S. Cyber Spying Accusations

Beijing on Friday hit out at a U.S. intelligence agency report accusing the Chinese of extensive cyber spying, saying it was unprofessional and irresponsible.

The unusually blunt report on foreign cyber spying submitted to the U.S. Congress on Thursday said the Chinese were the world's "most active and persistent perpetrators" of economic espionage.

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Iran Celebrates 1979 U.S. Embassy Seizure

Thousands of Iranians chanting "Death to America" marked the anniversary on Friday of the 1979 seizure of the U.S. embassy amid references to recent U.S. allegations of an Iranian assassination plot.

The annual celebration in front of what Iranians call "the den of spies" was also used this year as a platform to hail the Arab Spring -- termed the "Islamic awakening" here -- and to denounce Israel.

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Four Dead, 50 Trapped in China Mine Accident

Four miners died and 50 were left trapped in a central China coal mine, officials said Friday, in the latest fatal incident to hit the nation's notoriously dangerous mining industry.

The accident occurred Thursday at the Henan Yima Coal Mine Group's Qianqiu facility in Henan province, a spokesman for the state-owned company told Agence France Presse.

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Iran Summons Swiss Envoy to Protest over U.S. 'Threats'

Iran made a formal protest Thursday over military experts' remarks to a U.S. Congressional committee last week urging the targeted assassination of members of its elite Quds Force military special operations unit.

Iran's foreign ministry summoned the Swiss ambassador to Tehran, Livia Leu Agosti, to condemn the Congressional committee session "on the issue of assassinating Iranian officials," the website of Iran's state broadcaster said.

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Protesters Clash with Police at Ukraine's Parliament

Riot police clashed with protesters outside the Ukrainian parliament Thursday during the latest in a series of demonstrations against government policies that have rattled the authorities.

Around 2,000 protestors, including veterans of the clean-up from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and private businessmen, were gathered outside the parliament when the violence broke, an Agence France Presse correspondent reported.

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Tehran 'Prepared for Worst' as NATO Rules Out Intervention ‎

NATO has no intention of intervening in Iran and backs a diplomatic solution to the nuclear dispute, the alliance's chief said Thursday, after reports of a debate in Israel over launching an attack.

"Let me stress that NATO has no intention whatsoever to intervene in Iran and NATO is not engaged as an alliance in the Iran question," Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said at a news conference.

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Death Threats Force French 'Mohammed' Paper Offline

The website of the French satirical weekly that was firebombed after publishing images of the Prophet Mohammed was offline Thursday because of death threats against the Belgian company hosting it.

Host Bluevision took Charlie Hebdo's site offline after it was the victim of a cyberattack following Wednesday's issue featuring Mohammed as "guest editor" and has remained offline after the company received death threats.

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