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Macau Arrests 150 in Casino Raids over Fears of Return to Violent Past

Macau police said Monday they had arrested 150 people during raids on casinos and hotels after a spate of murders raised fears of a return to the gaming hub's violent past.

Police questioned nearly 1,300 people and detained 150 in an operation codenamed "Thunderbolt 2012" conducted across the semi-autonomous Chinese city late Friday, police spokesman Chong Su-pong said.

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Report: Obama Aide Accepted Fee from Company with Iran Links

Senior White House adviser David Plouffe, who managed President Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, accepted a $100,000 speaking fee from an affiliate of a company doing business with Iran, The Washington Post reported Monday.

The newspaper said the payment came from a subsidiary of MTN Group, a South Africa-based telecommunications company, which at that time was actively involved in business with a state-owned Iranian telecommunications firm.

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7 Dead, Several Injured at U.S. Sikh Temple Shooting

At least seven people were shot dead, including a suspected gunman, during a shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, local police said.

Greenfield police Chief Brad Wentlandt said authorities do not believe a second shooter is hiding inside the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek outside Milwaukee, contrary to some media reports.

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Two Dead as Storms Hit Austria, Northern Italy

Storms wreaked havoc in Austria and northern Italy over the weekend, causing landslides that killed two people, authorities said Sunday.

An 84-year-old woman was killed when a landslide hit a farm in Afens, on the Italian side of the border with Austria.

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Greek Police Detains 1,130 Immigrants

Greek police vowed Sunday not to relent in their efforts to evict undocumented immigrants after a sweep they said had netted 1,130 in central Athens over the weekend.

Police said a total of 4,900 people were rounded up in the capital on Saturday, of which 1,130 were detained.

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Suicide Bomber in Nigeria Kills at Least 5 Soldiers

A suicide bomber in a car rammed into a military patrol on Sunday in the northeastern Nigerian city of Damaturu, killing himself and at least five soldiers, a security source said.

"The attacker died in the explosion and five soldiers were also killed," the source said on condition of anonymity.

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Five Ivorian Soldiers Killed in Abidjan Twin Attacks

Gunmen attacked a police station and an army position in Abidjan Sunday, killing five soldiers, Defense Minister Paul Koffi Koffi told Agence France Presse.

Three members of the armed forces were killed in an attack on a police station in the Yopougon neighborhood and two others died in another attack on a nearby army position moments later, he said.

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China Leaders Convene for Key Summer Talks

China's leaders including the man expected to be the next president have begun their summer meetings at a seaside resort, state press said Sunday, ahead of a once-in-a-decade transition of power.

The secretive month-long talks in Beidaihe, 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of Beijing, are expected to be intense after the fall from grace of the charismatic Bo Xilai and with the Communist Party congress in the autumn.

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Spain Jails Two Chechen al-Qaida Suspects

A Spanish judge on Sunday jailed two Chechens suspected of belonging to al-Qaida and possessing bomb-making material, a judicial source said.

A Turk who was arrested at the same time on August 1 had already been jailed on Friday after Spain's interior minister said investigators had evidence suggesting the trio were planning attacks in Europe.

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Grenades, AK-47 Found on Bangkok Bus

Thai police said Sunday they were looking for the owner of a bag left on a public bus in Bangkok with an AK-47 assault rifle, more than 200 bullets, 10 hand grenades and five mines inside.

The owner is thought to have fled when the bus broke down on the outskirts of the capital after developing mechanical problems near the end of its journey from northeast Thailand, the authorities said.

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