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Pakistan President to be Discharged from Dubai Hospital Thursday

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari will be discharged on Thursday from a Dubai hospital where he has spent more than a week but will remain in the Gulf emirate to rest, his spokesman said Wednesday.

"All tests are clear and the doctors plan to discharge the president from hospital tomorrow to take rest at home and continue the heart medication," Farhatullah Babar told Agence France Presse.

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Belgian Gunman Killed himself after Spree

A lone gunman who went on a murderous spree in the Belgian city of Liege committed suicide after slaying three youngsters in a crowded square and killing a cleaning-woman, the prosecutor said on Wednesday.

"Nordine Amrani committed suicide with a bullet to the head," said Daniele Reynders at a press conference. "The coroner said he shot himself in the forehead. He left no message to explain his act."

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Panetta: U.S. Winning Conflict in Afghanistan

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday told troops during a visit to Afghanistan that the U.S.-led coalition was winning the 10-year conflict in the war-torn country.

"We're moving in the right direction and we're winning this very tough conflict," he told troops based in Paktika province, which shares a long, porous border with Pakistan's tribal belt troubled by Taliban militancy.

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10 Dead in Bomb Blast, Gunfire in Northeast Nigeria

A powerful bomb blast targeting soldiers followed by gunfire rocked the troubled Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Tuesday, with at least 10 people killed, an official and a hospital source said.

Residents claimed soldiers reacted to the bombing by shooting indiscriminately and burning homes, with troops having been accused of such abuses following previous attacks after alleging residents were complicit.

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Bomb Attack Kills Six Civilians in Afghanistan

A roadside bomb killed six civilians, including women and children, in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, local officials said on Tuesday.

The victims were traveling in a minivan in the Greshk district of Helmand when their vehicle was caught in the blast on Monday, the provincial governor's office said in a statement.

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4 Dead, 75 Hurt in Belgium Shooting Spree

A lone gunman armed with grenades opened fire on a square packed with children and Christmas shoppers in the eastern Belgian city of Liege Tuesday, killing three people and wounding 75.

Officials named the gunman -- who was himself also killed in circumstances that are not yet clear -- as Nordine Amrani, 33, a known criminal who had been summoned by police that morning but who never showed up.

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Rebels Kill Several Troops in Southern Senegal

Several soldiers were killed on Tuesday in an attack in the restive Casamance region of southern Senegal blamed on separatist rebels, military and political sources told Agence France Presse.

"We have lost some soldiers and some have been reported missing," a military source said after a local official reported an attack in the village of Kabeumeu near the border with Gambia.

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U.S. Drone Crashes at Seychelles Airport

A U.S. drone crashed Tuesday at Seychelles international airport on the main island of Mahe, the U.S. embassy said.

The remote-piloted MQ-9 aircraft crashed on landing but no one was hurt, said the U.S. embassy in Mauritius, which also handles the Seychelles. The drone was operating from the Seychelles, it said.

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Iran: U.S. Drone Now our 'Property'

A U.S. drone captured by Iran is now the "property" of the Islamic republic, Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said Tuesday, after a request by U.S. President Barack Obama for its return.

"The American espionage drone is now Iran's property, and our country will decide what steps to take regarding it," Vahidi was quoted as saying by the ISNA news agency.

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French Police Neutralize Letter Bomb at Greek Embassy

French police on Monday neutralized a letter bomb sent to the Greek embassy in Paris from Italy in what appeared to be the latest in a string of explosive parcel attacks, officials said.

The Greek foreign ministry said in a statement it called Paris police after receiving a suspicious package addressed to the ambassador "without the name of the sender but sent from Italy.”

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