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Report: U.S. Wants Pakistani Intelligence Help in Afghan Talks

The United States is trying to secure the help of Pakistani intelligence service to organize reconciliation talks in Afghanistan aimed at ending the war there, The New York Times reported Monday.

The newspaper said overtures are taking place just a month after President Barack Obama's administration accused Pakistan’s spy agency of secretly supporting the Haqqani terrorist network, which has mounted attacks on Americans.

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Pakistani Minister Escapes Taliban Attack

A provincial cabinet minister from Pakistan's main ruling party escaped unhurt Monday when Taliban militants opened fire on his vehicle in the country's troubled northwest, officials said.

Amjad Khan Afridi, minister for housing and physical planning in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, was travelling in his bullet-proof car when militants hiding in the Bilitang area of Kohat district opened fire, police said.

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Bribes for Votes Video Stings Russia's Ruling Party

Russia's ruling party engaged in heavy damage control on Monday after being stung by a viral video alleging to show a bribes for votes speech being delivered by one of its most senior officials.

The mobile phone footage shows central Izhevsk region administration chief Denis Agashin telling a gasping audience that future veterans' funding will depend on how many votes United Russia wins in December's parliamentary polls.

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Suicide Bombers Attack U.S. Charity in Kandahar

Suicide attackers on Monday blew up a truck bomb and raided the offices of a U.S. charity in Kandahar, killing at least four Afghans in the main city of southern Afghanistan, officials said.

One attacker detonated the vehicle outside the offices of U.S.-based International Relief and Development (IRD), before two others entered the compound and fired on security forces, said police and government officials.

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French Police Fire Tear Gas to Break Up Turk-Kurd Clashes

French police fired tear gas to break up clashes that erupted between Turkish protesters and supporters of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in central Paris on Sunday.

Around 150 young Turks waving their national flag and singing patriotic songs gathered on the Place de la Bastille to protest "terrorism in Turkey" after an attack by PKK rebels that killed 24 earlier this month.

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Islamists: U.S. Citizen Perpetrated Somali Suicide Bombing

An American citizen of Somali origin was one of the two suicide bombers behind a twin attack on a pro-government military base in Mogadishu, the Islamist Shebab movement said on Sunday.

Several pro-Shebab radio stations broadcast what they said were the last words of Abdusalam al-Muhajir who said that he "wanted to die as a martyr" after spending the last two years fighting alongside the rebels.

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Turkey Quake Toll Nears 600 as Search Efforts Wind Down

The death toll from eastern Turkey's devastating earthquake rose to 596 on Sunday while bulldozers were replacing sniffer dogs as search efforts wound down.

More than 4,150 people were injured in the 7.2 magnitude quake that shook the eastern Van province near the Iranian border a week ago, the prime ministry's emergency unit said in a statement on its website.

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India Footbridge Collapses, Over 30 Feared Drowned

Two bodies have been recovered and 30 other people were feared drowned after a footbridge spanning a river in northeast India collapsed, police said Sunday.

Police and paramilitary forces rescued at least 31 villagers from the river following Saturday's accident, senior police officer Kyle Ayasaid. One later died in a hospital.

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Early Season Snowstorm in U.S. East Coast Kills 3

Freezing conditions hit the U.S. East Coast Sunday after a rare October snowstorm and icy rain reportedly killed at least three people, sparked long airport delays and caused massive power outages.

The "historic early season" snowstorm wrought havoc on air, rail and road traffic from Washington to Boston, with the National Weather Service warning that travel at night would be "extremely hazardous."

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U.S. Drone Kills Four in Northwestern Pakistan

A U.S. drone strike on Sunday killed four militants in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region, a hotbed of Taliban insurgents near the Afghan border, officials said.

The drone fired two missiles into a vehicle as it drove through a village near Datta Khel town about 30 kilometers (20 miles) west of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan district, Pakistani security officials told Agence France Presse.

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