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First Cuba Delegation in 53 Years Heads to S. Korea

A Cuban government delegation has arrived in South Korea for the first time in more than half a century, officials said Tuesday, as the communist island moves towards a market economy.

The four-member group were the first Cuban government representatives to visit the capitalist South since Seoul cut ties with Havana after the 1959 Cuban revolution, said Seoul's foreign ministry.

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5 Kurdish Rebels Killed in Clash in Turkey's Southeast

Five Kurdish rebels were killed Tuesday in a clash with Turkish security forces in Kurdish majority southeast, Anatolia news agency reported.

The five Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) fighters, two of them women, were killed in Tatvan town in Bitlis province, a day after a similar clash in neighboring Siirt province left two rebels dead.

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Clinton Presses Pakistan on Terror Crackdown

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Tuesday on Pakistan to do more to crack down on violent extremism, a day after she said Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri was believed to be hiding there.

"Combating violent extremism is something we all agree on," Clinton said during a press conference at the end of a trip to India.

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Police Detain Anti-Putin Leaders after Sit-in Near Kremlin

Moscow police on Tuesday detained two prominent leaders of the protest movement against newly-inaugurated President Vladimir Putin after they staged an unusual night-time sit-in close to the Kremlin.

Anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny and ultra-leftist Sergei Udaltsov were taken to a nearby police station where they were expected to be fined but later freed, their lawyer Nikolai Polozov wrote on Twitter.

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Officials: Qaida Plot against U.S.-bound Airliner Foiled

The United States has foiled a plot by al-Qaida's branch in Yemen to blow up a U.S.-bound airliner near the first anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death, officials said Monday.

The FBI said investigators were examining the explosive that appeared to be a revamped model of the bomb employed in the Christmas Day plot of 2009, in which a plastic explosive hidden in a Nigerian man's underwear failed to detonate on a plane headed for Detroit.

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White House: Ties with France as Strong under Hollande

The White House said Monday that the alliance between France and the United States remained as strong as it had been before the election of new Socialist president Francois Hollande.

Hollande will meet President Barack Obama next week in one of the first acts of a presidency framed by conflicts with Washington over Afghan war policy and other European leaders over how to tackle the euro crisis.

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Hollande to Reveal PM Choice on Inauguration Day May 15

French president-elect Francois Hollande said on Monday that he would reveal his choice for prime minister on May 15 when he is due to be inaugurated.

"You will have the name of the prime minister on May 15," Hollande told reporters as he left his election headquarters.

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France's First Unwed First Lady May Pose Diplomatic Dilemmas

Taking over from a supermodel should not be a problem for Valerie Trierweiler, who has plenty of glamour of her own, but making state visits abroad as France's first unmarried first lady just might.

There is some speculation as to whether Trierweiler, whose partner Francois Hollande was elected Socialist president on Sunday, will marry her man before he gets the keys to the Elysee Palace on May 15.

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Can Hollande Save Europe?

After slamming Europe's austerity fix for the debt crisis, Francois Hollande's crusade for growth began picking up support even before his win, but can he bring the skeptics and the markets around?

One of only a handful of Socialist leaders at the European Union table, Hollande's win adds another voice for the left after the ousters of Britain's Gordon Brown, Portugal's Jose Socrates and Spain's Jose Luis Zapatero.

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Taliban Militants Behead 2 Soldiers in Pakistan’s Northwest

Taliban militants beheaded two Pakistani soldiers and hung their heads from wooden poles in a town in the country's northwest on Monday, a day after they killed nine soldiers in an ambush there, officials said.

The killings in Miran Shah, the main town in the North Waziristan tribal area, highlight the dilemma facing the Pakistani military in dealing with the most important militant sanctuary in the country.

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