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Kenya to Stay in Somalia as Long as Necessary

Kenya vowed Saturday to keep troops in Somalia as long as needed to prevent attacks on its soil by the Islamist group Shebab and called for reinforcements in an increasingly regionalized conflict.

"When the Kenyan government and the people of this country feel they are safe enough we shall pull back," the country's military chief General Julius Karangi told journalists Saturday, refusing to put a timeline on the operation.

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Somalia's Shebab Attack Government Military Base in Capital

Fighters from Somalia's Shebab Islamist group attacked a government military base in Mogadishu Saturday, where a blast was followed by an exchange of gunfire, officials and witnesses said.

Enemy "elements attacked a Somali military base near the industrial road (north of the city center), but they were defeated and suffered losses", Colonel Abdallah Mohamed of the Western-backed government forces told Agence France Presse.

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Suicide Bomber Kills Two in Eastern Turkey

A woman blew herself up and killed two other people Saturday near a ruling party building in the eastern Turkish town of Bingol, the local governor told Agence France Presse.

The attack, the first of its kind in a year, took place near the provincial headquarters of the Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP), Mustafa Hakan Guvencer said.

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Search for Survivors Ends in Turkish Quake

With little hope of finding more people alive a week after the earthquake that rocked eastern Turkey, focus shifted Saturday to the plight of survivors stuck in tents in freezing rain and snow.

The United States was the latest country to offer help, with the Pentagon saying Friday that U.S. military aircraft were to begin delivering relief supplies from U.S. military bases in Europe.

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At Least 17 Dead in Attack on U.S. Convoy in Kabul

A Taliban car bomber struck a NATO convoy in the Afghan capital on Saturday, killing at least 17 people, including 13 Americans, in one of the deadliest attacks to hit foreign forces in more than a decade of war.

The attacker blew up his Toyota sedan next to a U.S.-run military bus travelling through the southwest of Kabul next to the Dar-ul-Aman palace ruins at 11:20 am (06:50 GMT), in the latest in a spate of high-profile attacks.

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Bangkok Floods to Ease in Early November

Floods engulfing parts of the Thai capital should start to recede soon, the prime minister said Saturday after barriers along Bangkok's swollen main river prevented a disastrous overflow.

The city of 12 million people was on heightened alert because of a seasonal high tide that was expected to coincide with the arrival of runoff water from the central plains, where people have endured weeks of flood misery.

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Major 6.9 Quake Hits Coast of Peru

A major 6.9-magnitude quake struck Friday along the coast of central Peru, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, sending thousands of panic-stricken residents of Lima and other cities into the streets.

Peruvian officials said they had no immediate reports of damage of casualties, and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a widespread tsunami warning.

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Pakistan Court Issues Arrest Warrants for Musharraf, Aziz

A Pakistani court on Friday issued an arrest warrant for former president Pervez Musharraf and former prime minister Shaukat Aziz over the killing of a Baluch rebel leader, a lawyer said.

Musharraf was president and Aziz prime minister when the main leader of the rebel movement in southwestern province Baluchistan, tribal chieftain Nawab Akbar Bugti, died in a cave hideout during an army raid in August 2006.

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Man Shot, Held after Firing at U.S. Mission in Sarajevo

A suspected radical Islamist gunman who opened fire Friday near the U.S. embassy in Sarajevo was wounded and arrested, a police spokesman told Bosnian television.

"The person who fired an automatic weapon was wounded and arrested during the police operation. After receiving medical treatment on the scene the person was hospitalized," police spokesman Irfan Nefic told national BHT television.

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30,000 Call for Pakistan President to Go

More than 30,000 supporters of Pakistan's main opposition party took to the streets in a protest rally Friday, burning an effigy of President Asif Ali Zardari and demanding that he quit.

The Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) called the rally in Lahore to exploit talk of early elections in its political heartland, where it controls the Punjab provincial government despite being in opposition at national level.

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