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Maldivian Police Arrest Ex-President Nasheed

Armed Maldivian police acting on a court order arrested the country's first democratically elected president on Monday after he failed to turn up at his trial for abuse of power, his party said.

Police in riot gear broke down a door of a house where Mohamed Nasheed was staying on the island of Fares Maathodaa in the south of the archipelago nation, a famous honeymoon spot for the rich and famous.

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Report: Afghan Government Could Collapse

The Afghan government could fall apart after NATO troops pull out in 2014, particularly if presidential elections that year are fraudulent, a report by the International Crisis Group said Monday.

"There is a real risk that the regime in Kabul could collapse upon NATO's withdrawal," said Candace Rondeaux, the ICG's senior Afghanistan analyst. "The window for remedial action is closing fast."

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Chavez Wins Another Six-Year Term in Venezuela

Venezuela's Hugo Chavez shrugged off cancer and a unified opposition on Sunday to triumph yet again at the ballot box and win another six-year mandate to pursue his oil-funded socialist revolution.

His rival, 40-year-old Miranda state governor Henrique Capriles, was gracious in defeat, saying, "I accept and respect the decision of the people," but it was a bitter pill for the opposition and many in the divided country to swallow.

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Venezuelans Vote in Chavez's Toughest Election Yet

Venezuelans lined up to vote Sunday in the toughest election President Hugo Chavez has ever faced, with his near 14-year socialist revolution at stake against fresh-faced rival Henrique Capriles.

Voters stood in long lines to cast their ballots after Chavez supporters played military-style bugles before dawn to rally loyalists of the president, who is seeking a new six-year term to cement his oil-funded revolution.

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Casualties as Sudan Military Plane Crashes near Capital

A Sudanese military transport plane crashed in the desert outside the capital Khartoum on Sunday, killing some and injuring others, the army said.

"The pilot informed the airport that he had a problem with one of his engines," before the plane went down west of Jebel Aulia, Sawarmi Khaled Saad, the Sudanese army spokesman, told Agence France Presse.

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UK Says Only Threat to Regime Will Budge 'Mad' Iran

The world should tighten the squeeze on Iran over its "mad" nuclear plans to the point where the regime's survival is threatened by its own people, Britain's defense secretary said Sunday.

Philip Hammond told The Observer newspaper that there were signs the regime was beginning to "fracture" on the issue of its disputed nuclear program.

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Obama Gets Cash Boost as Polls Cheer Romney

President Barack Obama has stashed $181 million into his re-election account to cheer supporters after his limp debate performance, but several polls show movement towards Republican Mitt Romney.

Obama's camp Saturday announced its biggest monthly haul of the 2012 race with its September fund-raising figures, a day after supporters got another fillip with news that the U.S. unemployment rate dipped below eight percent.

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Philippine Govt., Rebels Agree Plan to End Muslim Rebellion

The Philippine government and the country's biggest Muslim rebel group announced Sunday they have agreed a plan to end a decades-long separatist insurgency that has killed more than 150,000 people.

The agreement calls for a new semi-autonomous Muslim area in the resource-rich southern Philippine region of Mindanao, which the 12,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front regards as its ancestral homeland.

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U.N. to Name Prodi as Envoy for Sahel Region

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has proposed former European Commissioner president Romano Prodi to become envoy to Africa's troubled Sahel region, diplomats said Saturday.

Prodi's designation should be approved by the Security Council and announced Tuesday if none of the 15 members object.

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Somali President Names New Prime Minister

Somalia's president has appointed as prime minister a relatively little known businessman, Abdi Farah Shirdon Said, senior government sources said Saturday.

"Said has been named as the prime minister," a government official said, speaking on condition of anonymity, ahead of an expected official statement.

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