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U.S. Detainee for Half Year 'Leaves North Korea'

An American citizen detained in North Korea since November on unspecified charges was Saturday on a plane heading back to the United States with a U.S. delegation, Chinese state media reported.

Official Chinese news agency Xinhua said that a team from the U.S. State Department had flown out of communist North Korea with the detained man.

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French Minister in Sex Probe 'has Considered Quitting'

A French junior minister, accused of having sexually harassed staff of a town hall where he is mayor, said in comments published Saturday he has pondered quitting his government post.

Civil service minister Georges Tron dismissed the allegations against him as fantasy, but told Le Parisien newspaper he did not want to be a burden to the government.

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Pakistani Fighter Jets Kill 26 Militants

At least 26 militants were killed and about a dozen of their hideouts destroyed as Pakistan's air force bombed targets in northwestern tribal areas on Friday, officials said.

At least 18 militants were killed in Orakzai tribal district and seven of their hideouts destroyed after raids by Pakistani jet fighters, local government official Zaman Khattak told Agence France Presse.

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Police Fire Rubber Bullets at Anti-Crisis Protesters in Barcelona

Spanish police fired rubber bullets and swung truncheons to disperse anti-crisis protesters in a Barcelona square Friday after city cleaning crews cleared their tent camp.

Catalan police in helmets moved in after about 50 protesters sat down on the street to block municipal cleaning trucks leaving Plaza de Cataluna square after having dismantled the encampment.

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North Korea Will Release U.S. Detainee Held on Unspecified Charges

North Korea said Friday it has decided to release a U.S. citizen held since November on unspecified charges, following requests from a U.S. official who is assessing possible food aid.

Eddie Jun Yong-Su, a California-based businessman, was detained for apparent missionary activities in the hard line communist state, colleagues say.

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Clinton Makes Surprise Visit to Pakistan to Ask 'Tough Questions'

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton flew into Pakistan on Friday with "tough questions" for the country's leadership nearly a month after U.S. commandos killed Osama bin Laden near Islamabad.

The top U.S. diplomat is to meet Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, army chief General Ashfaq Kayani and the chief of Pakistan's powerful intelligence agency Ahmad Shuja Pasha, the State Department said.

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Serbia Arrests Wartime Military Chief Mladic Ending 16-Year Manhunt

Serbia announced the arrest of former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic on Thursday, ending a 16-year manhunt for the general accused of masterminding Europe's worst massacre since World War II.

President Boris Tadic confirmed reports that the 69-year-old had been detained by Serbian security forces, saying the capture would bolster Serbia's "moral credibility in the world".

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10 Die as Plane Crashes into House in India

Ten people were killed when a small plane carrying a patient to hospital crashed into a house near the Indian capital New Delhi, police said Thursday.

All seven people on board died, along with three women living in the house, when the single-propeller plane came down in a heavily populated neighborhood of Faridabad town.

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Blasts Hit Two Govt Buildings in China, 2 Dead

A disgruntled farmer upset over a legal case was allegedly behind a series of explosions that struck government buildings in eastern China Thursday, killing two people and injuring six, state media said.

The three explosions went off in the city of Fuzhou in Jiangxi province at roughly 10-minute intervals shortly after 9:00 am (0100 GMT), an official with the provincial propaganda department surnamed Zhang told Agence France Presse.

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Gates Says U.S. Defense Cuts Mean 'Hard Decisions'

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday that fiscal pressures on the U.S. military's budget will require sacrificing some missions abroad and scaling back pay and benefits.

Gates, who is due to step down at the end of June, urged military and civilian leaders to face up to harsh realities about the future size and role of the armed forces amid a push to contain the country's huge deficit.

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