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Ahmadinejad Says West Waging Economic War on Iran as Rial Plunges

Iran will not back down on its nuclear program despite the problems caused by Western sanctions, including a dramatic slide in the value of its currency, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday.

"We are not a people to retreat on the nuclear issue," he told a news conference in Tehran.

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Nigeria Student Massacre Claims 26 Lives

Gunmen massacred at least 26 people in a student housing area of northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, calling victims out by name before shooting them or slitting their throats, officials said.

The attack occurred in the early hours in the town of Mubi, where the military last week carried out a high-profile raid against Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, which has been waging a deadly insurgency.

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Turkish Late President Exhumed after 'Suspicious' Death

The body of Turkey's late president Turgut Ozal was to be exhumed Tuesday for a belated autopsy as part of a probe into allegations that his death in 1993 might have been caused by poisoning, Anatolia reported.

The exhumation began early in the morning at Ozals' mausoleum in Istanbul's historic Topkapi district, after prosecutors issued a warrant for toxicology tests on his remains last month, according to the agency.

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Saakashvili Concedes Defeat in Georgia Polls

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili conceded defeat Tuesday in parliamentary polls that handed a shock victory to an opposition coalition led by billionaire tycoon Bidzina Ivanishvili.

Although Saakashvili remains president, the defeat of his United National Movement to Ivanishvili's Georgian Dream coalition in Monday's elections spells the end of his nine years of largely unchallenged dominance over Georgia.

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Protesters Trash Police Post at French Embassy in Tehran

A small group of protesters, most of them women, on Tuesday trashed an Iranian police post protecting the French embassy in Tehran and threw stones at visitors to the mission before being arrested, a diplomat inside told AFP.

The unannounced, violent demonstration lasted 90 minutes and involved around 15 people, the French diplomat said.

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Report: Ahmadinejad's Cameraman Seeks Asylum in U.S.

A photographer traveling with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the U.N. General Assembly last week stayed behind and has sought asylum in the United States, CNN reported.

His lawyer, Paul O'Dwyer, told CNN Monday that Hassan Golkanbhan feared persecution over his opposition to the Iranian government, and that his wife and two children had fled Iran for an undisclosed safe haven.

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Nearly 300 Held in Bangladesh for Attacks on Buddhists

Bangladesh police said Tuesday they had arrested nearly 300 people after Muslim mobs attacked temples and houses in what Buddhist leaders described as the worst violence against the community since independence.

A total of 162 people were arrested in Cox's Bazaar, which bore the brunt of the attacks on Saturday and Sunday nights, according to Khorshed Alam, a senior police officer in the southeastern district.

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Japan: Chinese Govt. Ships in Waters of Disputed Isles

Chinese government ships returned to waters off disputed Japanese-controlled islands Tuesday, the coastguard said, a week after they last left and days after heated exchanges at the U.N. General Assembly.

Four maritime surveillance ships entered the waters shortly after 12:30 pm (0330 GMT), where they remained for around six hours, ignoring demands from Japan's coastguard to leave.

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Philippine Government, Rebels Hold Talks in Malaysia

Philippine officials and Muslim rebels resumed negotiations on Tuesday in the Malaysian capital in a bid to end a decades-old insurgency, amid hopes a roadmap for peace could be inked soon.

The four-day talks to halt the rebellion in the Philippines' troubled south, which has left more than 150,000 people dead since the 1970s, will discuss an accord outlining steps to finalize a peace pact, officials said.

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Strong Quakes Strike Off Northern Japan

A strong 6.2-magnitude quake struck off northern Japan on Tuesday, U.S. seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami alert was issued.

It hit at 7:21 am (2221 GMT Monday) in waters 96 kilometers (60 miles) east of Miyako on the main island of Honshu at a depth of just 9.7 kilometers, according to the US Geological Survey.

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