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23 Swedish Women Convicted in Rare Child Porn Case

A Swedish court on Tuesday convicted 23 women of possessing child pornography in a case that has drawn widespread attention because child pornography perpetrators are usually men.

The Falun district court in central Sweden handed the women, who are aged between 38 and 70, suspended sentences and ordered them to pay fines ranging from 2,500 kronor to 18,000 kronor ($375 to $2,691, 273 to 1,965 Euros).

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Report: UK Freezes Assets of 5 Men over Iran Plot

Britain's Treasury said Tuesday it had frozen the assets of five men in connection with the alleged Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States.

The finance ministry confirmed that it had acted under the Terrorist Asset Freezing Act, after ministers pledged action in response to the purported plan to kill Saudi envoy Adel Al-Jubeir in a bomb attack.

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Kenyan Forces Advance on Strategic Somali Rebel Bases

Kenyan troops using aerial cover advanced Tuesday on a strategic rebel-held Somali town, even as Nairobi police stepped up security for fear of reprisal attacks by Islamists.

"Our forces will be concentrating on operations in Afmadow region today, they started moving there late on Monday," said Kenyan army spokesman Major Emmanuel Chirchir.

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Bangkok Reinforces Flood Defenses as Death Toll Reaches 315

Soldiers, civil servants and families worked frantically Tuesday to add more than 1 million sandbags to Bangkok's vulnerable northern flood defenses after the city's governor warned they were needed to keep waters from swamping the capital.

Gov. Sukhumbhand Paribatra said late Monday that a 6-kilometer (3.7-mile) flood wall on the edge of the city's suburbs was vulnerable from massive pools of runoff flowing down from the north, signaling the threat to the city was still grave. He said the wall needed to be reinforced by Wednesday night.

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Over 80 Dead as Heavy Rain Batters Central America

Heavy rains pounded Central America on Tuesday, where more than 80 people have died in mudslides and flooding over the past week as swollen rivers destroyed bridges and submerged roads.

Authorities have gone on high alert across the mountainous region, home to 42 million people, as the rains have shown no sign of abating.

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Two Britons Arrested in Kenya near Somali Border

Two Britons have been arrested in Kenya near the border with Somalia, police in Wales said Tuesday.

The pair, believed to be from the Welsh capital Cardiff, were detained on Sunday, according to the Foreign Office in London, which said it was ready to provide consular assistance if required.

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Clinton in Malta for Talks with PM over Libya

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thanked Malta for evacuating U.S. nationals from Libya at the start of the rebellion against Moammar Gadhafi during a visit to the island state on Tuesday.

The Maltese government "went the extra mile" to evacuate foreign nationals, Clinton said following talks with Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi.

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6.3 Quake Hits Papua New Guinea

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocked Papua New Guinea's remote New Britain region on Tuesday, but was unlikely to cause a tsunami, Australian seismologists said.

The US Geological Survey said the quake occurred at a depth of 10 kilometers, about 163 kilometers east-northeast of Kandrian, New Britain and some 576 kilometers from the capital Port Moresby.

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U.S. Says Cross-Border Attacks from Pakistan on the Rise

Cross-border attacks emanating from Pakistan against U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan have increased since the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, the Pentagon said Monday.

Asked if there was a recent rise in artillery or rocket fire across the border into Afghanistan, press secretary George Little told reporters in an email: "This summer, June-August, we did see an increase in cross border incidents."

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Ban Urges End to Kosovo-Serbia Border Dispute

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged Serbia and Kosovo to patch up their boundary dispute, saying blocked borders were unacceptable.

"I am urging them to resolve all the pending issues, it is unacceptable that the borders are blocked," said Ban in Bern.

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