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Canada Asks Court to Grant Terror Suspect's Extradition

The Canadian government has asked the country's Supreme Court to allow the extradition to the United States of Abdullah Khadr, who is suspected of supplying arms to al-Qaida, his lawyer said Saturday.

Defense attorney Dennis Edney attributed the action to U.S. pressure, and said he was "surprised" by the government's attempt to involve the country's highest court.

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Jet Breaks in Half in Guyana Crash Landing

A Caribbean Airlines jetliner carrying 157 people broke in half when it crashed landed in heavy rain and fog here Saturday, but no fatalities were reported, officials said.

"It's an absolute miracle that took place today," Caribbean Airlines chairman George Nicholas told a news briefing at Cheddi Jagan International Airport.

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Report: Two Turkish Soldiers Killed in Clashes

Two Turkish soldiers were killed and two others wounded in separate clashes around Turkey, Anatolia news agency reported Saturday.

Kurdish separatist rebels killed one soldier when they opened fire overnight from Friday to Saturday on a military unit patrolling on a road near the village of Beyyurdu in the country's southeast, near the border with Iran and Iraq, Anatolia said.

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Japan Floods Claim 1st Victim as 300,000 Urged to Flee Homes

Floods claimed their first victim in Japan and nearly 300,000 people were urged to flee their homes Saturday as a weather system that killed dozens on the Korean peninsula swept the country.

Local governments in the central province of Niigata and tsunami-hit Fukushima issued the guidance after the national weather agency urged citizens to be on maximum alert against more flooding and mudslides.

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Toll of Ukraine Twin Mine Tragedies Rises

The death toll rose to 25 Saturday from two separate coal mining accidents on the same day in Ukraine's eastern industrial district, notorious for its poor safety standards.

The Ukrainian emergency ministry raised the toll from 16 to 18 from an explosion early Friday at the Sukhodolskaya-Vostochnaya coal mine in the eastern Lugansk region.

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Report: Royal Palace among Norway Suspect's Other Targets

The royal palace and the headquarters of the governing Labor Party were on self-confessed Norwegian killer Anders Behring Breivik's list of targets, the tabloid Verdens Gang (VG) reported Saturday.

"During his interrogation, he said that he had planned to attack other targets, but on July 22 it was only the seat of government in Oslo and Utoeya," the island where young Labor Party supporters were holding their summer camp, prosecutor Paal-Fredrick Hjort Kraby was quoted as telling the paper.

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Spain Set for Early General Elections in November

Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero Friday called general elections for November 20, four months early, insisting the country's battered economy was on the road to recovery.

"The course is set. So I am announcing a timetable for elections, which will be held on November 20," Zapatero told a news conference.

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17 Killed in Vietnam Shoe Factory Fire

A fire at a Vietnamese shoe factory killed 17 people and seriously injured 21 others in the northern port city of Hai Phong, state-controlled media reported Saturday.

Thanh Nien newspaper quoted Bui Thi Them, one of the survivors, as saying the fire broke out Friday afternoon when welding sparks ignited roofing insulation. The welder was installing a lightening rod on the factory's tin roof in preparation for a tropical storm that is expected to hit northern Vietnam later Saturday.

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Turkey's Military Police Leader New Chief-of-staff

Turkey's military police chief was named acting chief-of-staff late Friday, after the country's top military command resigned in a row with the government, the prime minister's office said.

"The president has approved the assignment of military police chief General Necdet Ozel as the land forces commander. General Ozel is deployed as acting chief-of-staff," it said in a statement.

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Gunmen Kill 11 Shiites in Pakistan Sectarian Attack

Gunmen opened fire on a minibus carrying minority Shiite Muslims in southwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing 11 of them in a sectarian attack, police said.

Two people were also wounded in the attack in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, senior police official Hamid Shakeel said.

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