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Finnish Police Arrest Two on Suspected Terror Financing

Police in Finland announced Friday they have arrested two people suspected of financing terrorist activities and recruitment.

"Police have begun an inquiry into a suspected case of financing and recruiting for a terrorist activity," the National Bureau of Investigation said a statement on the arrests carried out last week.

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3 Dead in Horrific U.S. Air Show Crash

A World War II-era fighter plane flown by a veteran Hollywood stunt pilot plunged into the edge of the grandstands Friday during a popular air racing show in the U.S. state of Nevada, killing three people, injuring more than 50 spectators and creating a horrific scene strewn with smoking debris.

The plane, flown by 74-year-old Jimmy Leeward, spiraled out of control without warning and appeared to disintegrate upon impact in Reno. Bloodied bodies were spread across the area as people tended to the victims and ambulances rushed to the scene.

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Death Toll in Pakistan Suicide Bombing Rises to 40

The death toll from a suicide bombing that targeted members of an anti-Taliban militia attending funeral prayers in Pakistan's northwestern region has risen to 40, police said Friday.

The bomber blew himself up Thursday as mourners gathered on open ground in Jandol town in the district of Lower Dir, 100 kilometers (60 miles) from the once Taliban-infested Swat Valley.

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Miner Found Dead in Britain as Hopes Fade

Hopes faded Friday for three miners trapped underground in a flooded colliery in Wales after rescuers battling treacherous conditions found the body of one man.

The news that one miner had been found dead came after divers were sent into the mine late Thursday after the men became stuck in the remote hillside colliery in south Wales earlier in the day.

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Clinton Confident Iran Will Free Hikers

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday that she was confident Iran would free two U.S. hikers convicted of spying and rejected concerns about the delay in their release.

"At this point we are not at all concerned because we have received word through a number of sources, publicly and privately, that the decision will be executed... and that we will see their return to their families," she said.

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4 Frenchmen Held by Qaida Mark Year in Captivity

Four Frenchmen held by al-Qaida's North African franchise on Friday marked a year since their capture, with negotiations for their release complicated by the fallout of the Libyan chaos.

On September 16 last year, seven people were snatched by the radical group al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in Arlit, a uranium mining town in northern Niger.

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Floods Force Pakistan PM to Cancel Trip to U.N.

Pakistan's prime minister canceled his attendance at next week's U.N. General Assembly session in New York, saying Friday he needed to coordinate flood relief efforts at home.

Monsoon rains have flooded large parts of the southern Sindh province over the last six weeks, leaving more than 200,000 people homeless. Pakistan's leaders came under criticism last year for failing to deal with floods that affected more than a quarter of the country's territory.

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Report: Two Koreas May Hold More Nuclear Talks Soon

North and South Korean negotiators are likely to meet next week for a second round of talks aimed at restarting stalled six-nation nuclear disarmament negotiations, a news report said Friday.

The South's chief nuclear negotiator Wi Sung-Lac and his counterpart Ri Yong-Ho of North Korea are likely to hold talks in Beijing, possibly on Wednesday, Yonhap news agency said.

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Seoul Arrests Suspected N. Korean Poison Assassin

South Korea has arrested a North Korean agent who plotted to assassinate an outspoken anti-Pyongyang activist with a poison-tipped needle, the intended victim and a news report said Friday.

The agent, identified only as An, was in possession of the needle and other weapons at the time of his arrest, Yonhap news agency said.

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Al-Qaida Pakistan Chief of Operations Killed

Al-Qaida's chief of operations in Pakistan Abu Hafs al-Shahri has been killed, a senior U.S. official said Thursday, revealing the latest blow to the terror group's senior leadership.

The death of Abu Hafs in a Pakistani tribal district follows the killing of al-Qaida's number two Atiyah Abdul Rahman last month, and comes amid stepped up U.S. drone strikes following the killing of Osama bin Laden in May.

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