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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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Protesters Stop Mali Islamists from Cutting Off Thief's Hand

Residents of Gao in Islamist-occupied northern Mali on Sunday prevented extremists from chopping off the hand of a thief, the penalty for stealing according to strict sharia law, residents told Agence France Presse.

"They (Islamists) were not able to cut off the thief's hand. Very early on Sunday hundreds of youths stormed independence square in Gao to prevent the sentence being carried out," a local teacher told AFP by telephone.

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China Arrests 137 over Organ-Trafficking Ring

Chinese police arrested 137 people, among them doctors, suspected of trafficking human organs in a nationwide crime ring that profited from the huge demand for transplants, authorities said.

In a sting operation beginning in late July, police pounced across 18 provinces and regions and "rescued" 127 people who had agreed to donate organs to illicit traders, the Ministry of Public Security said.

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Croatia Leader Extends Hands of Peace to Serbs

Croatian President Ivo Josipovic extended the hand of peace to Serb citizens Sunday as he marked the anniversary of the crushing of a Serb rebellion in 1995, an operation pivotal in ending the war.

"Croatia won the war, it is a great achievement... but Croatia still has to battle to win in peace," Josipovic said at a ceremony at the former ethnic Serb rebel stronghold of Knin marking the 17th anniversary of Operation Storm.

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