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Report: U.S., Europe to Demand Closure of Iranian Facility

The United States and its European allies plan to demand the immediate closing by Iran and ultimate dismantling of a recently completed underground nuclear facility near the city of Qum, The New York Times reported late Saturday.

Citing unnamed U.S. and European diplomats, the newspaper said the allies will also call at the upcoming negotiations for a halt in the production of uranium fuel that is considered just a few steps from bomb grade, and the shipment of existing stockpiles of that fuel out of the country.

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No Bodies Found after U.S. Navy Jet Crash

All civilians initially listed as missing after a U.S. Navy fighter jet crashed into a Virginia apartment complex have been accounted for, officials said Saturday, though no all-clear has been given.

Virginia Beach Fire Department Captain Tim Riley told CNN that no bodies were found in the destroyed low-rise buildings and rescuers had suspended their search for victims from the ensuing inferno.

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Hopes Fade for 135 Feared Dead in Pakistan Avalanche

The Pakistani military on Sunday dug through snow, boulders and slush in an increasingly desperate search for 135 people buried in an avalanche, as hopes faded of finding any survivors.

Nearly 36 hours after a wall of snow crashed into a remote army camp high up in the mountains of Kashmir, rescuers were yet to recover any survivors or even bodies from the Siachen Glacier, where Pakistani and Indian troops face off.

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One Killed, Five Hurt, in Northern Kosovo Bomb Blast

An ethnic Albanian from Kosovo was killed and his wife and four children wounded Sunday in a bomb explosion at their home in Kosovska Mitrovica, police said.

The bomb was placed overnight on the window ledge of the victims' home, in the Serb-majority northern part of town, police added.

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Iranian Bomb Suspects' Case Referred to Thai Court

Thai prosecutors have referred a case against five Iranian bomb suspects to court for a possible trial, a senior police officer said Sunday.

Deputy national police chief Pansiri Prapawat told reporters that the case was submitted to Bangkok's Criminal Court last week.

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U.S., Afghanistan in Deal on Night Raids

Afghanistan and the U.S. have struck a deal on special forces operations in the insurgency-wracked country, Kabul said Sunday, with night raids -- a controversial issue -- to be led by Afghans.

Kabul's foreign ministry invited journalists to a signing ceremony for the agreement later Sunday, and President Hamid Karzai's spokesman Aimal Faizi told AFP: "After the signing of this document all night raids become Afghan-led."

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At Least 20 Dead in Easter Bomb Attack near Nigeria Church

A car bombing near a church in northern Nigeria as services were being held on Easter Sunday killed at least 20 people, wounded 30 others and put the country on alert over fears of further attacks.

The explosion, a stark reminder of Christmas Day attacks that left dozens of people dead in Africa's most populous nation and largest oil producer, hit the city of Kaduna, a major cultural and economic center in the north.

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Report: New Intelligence Boosts U.S. Confidence over Iran

A stealth surveillance drone operated by the CIA penetrated deep inside Iran over three years ago, snapped images of Iran's secret nuclear facility at Qom and returned home, The Washington Post reported late Saturday.

The newspaper said that during that flight, analysts at the Central Intelligence Agency and other agencies watched carefully for any sign that the aircraft, called the RQ-170 Sentinel, had been detected by Tehran's air defenses on its maiden voyage.

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Ban Urges Quick Implementation of Mali Accord

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged late Saturday quick implementation of a West African accord requiring a military junta in Mali to step down and hand over power to lawful authorities.

The junior officers who seized power in Mali last month have agreed with West African bloc ECOWAS to give up power in return for an amnesty deal and a lifting of sanctions that the regional body had imposed on landlocked Mali.

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China, Japan, S.Korea in Talks ahead of N. Korea Rocket

The foreign ministers of China, Japan and South Korea met Sunday in the Chinese city of Ningbo for talks on regional security and cooperation days ahead of a planned North Korean rocket launch.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Japan's Koichiro Gemba, and South Korea's Kim Sung-Hwan posed for photographers before starting talks in the eastern city near Shanghai.

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