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Kenyan Gets Life for Grenade Attack, Shebab Membership

A Kenyan man was sentenced to life imprisonment Friday after he admitted involvement in a grenade attack and membership of the al-Qaida linked Somali Shebab militant group.

"This sentence is harsh because police have provided evidence showing he intended to hurt the public," said Judge Grace Macharia at the sentencing of Elgiva Bwire Oliacha. "It is also meant to be a deterrent," she added.

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London Court to Rule on Assange Extradition on Nov. 2

The High Court in London will rule on Wednesday on Sweden's bid to secure the extradition from Britain of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over rape allegations, the court said on Friday.

"The High Court will hand down judgment in the above case at 9:45am (09:45 GMT) on Wednesday 2 November 2011 at the Royal Courts of Justice, London," said a statement.

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Hundreds Call for Pakistan President to Go

Hundreds of supporters of Pakistan's main opposition party started to gather for a protest rally on Friday, calling on President Asif Ali Zardari to step down.

The Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) is expected to draw large crowds at the rally in its political heartland, the city of Lahore where it controls the Punjab provincial government despite being in opposition at a national level.

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Italy Declares State of Emergency for Flood-Hit Areas

Italy's cabinet declared a state of emergency on Friday for the areas devastated by torrential downpours in Italy's Tuscany and Liguria regions, as the number of people killed by the floods rose to seven.

Rescue workers struggling to clear villages hit by mudslides and floodwater were still looking for seven people reported missing.

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Turkish Quake Toll Reaches 570

Rescuers Friday pulled a 12-year-old boy from the rubble of Turkey's earthquake after he had lain trapped more than 100 hours, as the death toll in the disaster rose to 573.

The end of Ferhat Tokay's 108-hour ordeal gave fresh hope to rescue crews who have been working round the clock in sub-zero temperatures, while concerns deepened about the plight of survivors.

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Suicide Bomber Kills Two Pakistani Police

A suicide attack targeted a police officer in northwest Pakistan on Friday, killing him and his driver on the outskirts of the garrison city of Nowshera, police said.

The suicide bomber blew himself up alongside the officer's private car as his driver slowed down to approach a speed bump in Risalpur. The targeted officer was the local police official in charge of the suburb.

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Israeli Confesses in U.S. Kidney Smuggling Ring

An Israeli man pleaded guilty in New Jersey on Thursday to brokering kidney transplants as part of a black market organ business, U.S. prosecutors said.

Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, 60, confessed in federal court in Trenton, New Jersey, to three counts of acquiring and transferring human organs and a fourth count of conspiracy.

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Quran-Burning Pastor to Run for U.S. President

An American evangelical pastor whose church's burning of a Quran sparked deadly violence in Afghanistan announced on Thursday that he plans to run for president in 2012.

In a campaign manifesto titled "Stand Up America!," Terry Jones pledged that on entering the White House he would immediately stop government overspending, bring all foreign-based troops home, and deport all illegal immigrants.

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Pakistan Rejects U.S. Claims on Border Fire

Pakistan on Friday rejected U.S. accusations that Pakistani armed forces allow insurgents to fire on American troops across the border in Afghanistan.

"I completely reject this, this is wrong and baseless," military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas told Agence France Presse.

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U.S., S. Korea to Raise Readiness against N. Korea

The U.S. and South Korean defense chiefs vowed Friday to raise combat-readiness against North Korean attacks following two deadly incidents last year, saying aggression "is not to be tolerated".

Leon Panetta and his counterpart Kim Kwan-Jin also described the North's uranium enrichment program revealed last November as a "grave threat" that gave it a second path to develop atomic weapons.

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