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Kenyan Aid Worker Missing in Pakistan

A Kenyan aid worker and his Pakistani driver working for an international charity are missing, feared abducted in southern Pakistan, police said Monday.

Police official Saqib Ismail said the Kenyan works for Care International and that his car was found abandoned in the town of Naushahro Feroz on Sunday. Since then, there has been no news of about the men's whereabouts.

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India Sails New Nuclear Submarine Home

Indian navy personnel will take command of the country's first nuclear-powered submarine in two decades on Monday after collecting the vessel near the Russian port of Vladivostok, an official said.

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Deadly Battles between Kenya and Shebab Militants in Southern Somalia

Kenyan troops clashed with Somalia's al-Qaida linked Shebab militants in southern Somalia, the latest attack in a three-month long push forward against insurgent bases, officials said Monday.

Two Kenyan and one Somali soldiers were killed during an attack late Sunday on hardline Shehab positions at Delbio and Hosingo, said Kenyan army spokesman Major Emmanuel Chirchir, who claimed Shebab gunmen had retreated.

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Turkey Warns of New Measures against France

Turkey's foreign minister says his country will implement a new set of measures against France if its Senate passes a bill making it a crime to deny that the killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks was a genocide.

Ahmet Davutoglu did not spell out the measures Turkey would take in response to the bill that will be debated Monday in the French Senate.

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EU Slaps Oil Embargo on Iran, Tehran Says Move 'Doomed to Fail'

Iran on Monday branded as "unfair" a decision by the European Union to impose an embargo on Iranian oil exports as its lawmakers vowed the ban would neither alter Tehran's nuclear policies nor affect its economy.

"The method of threat, pressure and unfair sanctions against a nation that has a strong reason for its approach is doomed to fail," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said, quoted by the state broadcaster's website.

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U.S. Drone Strike Kills Four in Pakistan

A U.S. drone fired missiles into a vehicle, killing four militants in Pakistan's Taliban and al-Qaida hub of North Waziristan on Monday that hugs the Afghan border, security officials said.

It was only the third such U.S. attack reported in the nuclear-armed state so far this year, following a moratorium after U.S. firepower inadvertently killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November, plunging relations to an all-time low.

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U.S. Carrier in Gulf after Strait of Hormuz Pass

The U.S. aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln on Sunday passed through the Strait of Hormuz and is now in the Gulf, the Pentagon said, after Tehran threatened to close the strategic shipping route.

"USS Abraham Lincoln ... completed a regular and routine transit of the Strait of Hormuz... to conduct maritime security operations as scheduled," Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain John Kirby said in an email to Agence France Presse.

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Five Die in China New Year Row Blast

New Year festivities in China ended in tragedy for one family when a cousin set off explosives at table over a land dispute, killing himself and four others, state media and a neighbor said Monday.

The man, surnamed Liao, had travelled home to his village in the central province of Hunan for the first time in years to celebrate the Lunar New Year -- the most important holiday of the year for the Chinese -- the Xinhua news agency said.

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10 Dead, Churches Attacked as Nigerian Leader Visits Kano

President Goodluck Jonathan visited Nigeria's second largest city of Kano on Sunday after at least 166 people were killed in one of the deadliest waves of attacks in the mainly Muslim north.

Jonathan, facing the biggest crisis of his rule, arrived in the city two days after the coordinated bombings and gunbattles rocked Kano in attacks claimed by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

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Afghan Soldier 'Killed French Troops over U.S. Abuse Video'

An Afghan soldier who shot dead four French troops has said he did it because of a recent video showing U.S. Marines urinating on the dead bodies of Taliban insurgents, security sources told Agence France Presse.

The attack on the soldiers, who were unarmed, came on Friday at a base in eastern Afghanistan and left 15 other French troops wounded, eight of them seriously.

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