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3 Pakistani Soldiers Killed in Explosion

Three Pakistani soldiers were killed Saturday after a bomb planted on a roadside exploded in a northwestern tribal area, security officials said.

The blast took place at Katasarai village in restive Kurram tribal district bordering Afghanistan where Pakistani army and paramilitary forces have launched an operation against Taliban militants.

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Gunmen Kill Policeman in Northern Nigerian City

Gunmen have killed a policeman in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, a day after three soldiers died in an attack on a military-run school, police said Saturday.

The gunmen opened fire on a police checkpoint on the outskirts of the city late Friday, resulting in a shootout which left one policeman dead and another seriously wounded, Kano state police spokesman Magaji Majia told Agence France Presse.

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Iran Intelligence: CIA Spy Arrested

Tehran has arrested an alleged U.S. Central Intelligence Agency spy of Iranian origin before he could complete his mission of infiltrating the intelligence ministry, media quoted the ministry as saying on Saturday.

"Based on the scenario, he was supposed to infiltrate the intelligence ministry ... and feed it deceptive information on a large scale and spy on it," said a statement reported by the ISNA news agency.

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Salehi: Iran Prepared for 'Worst' on Sanctions

Iran has prepared for "the worst case scenario" to circumvent a toughening of Western sanctions targeting its financial sector and oil industry, its foreign minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, said in an interview published Saturday.

"We are not really worried," Salehi told the official IRNA news agency. "Appropriate responses have been prepared for the worst case scenario, and we have devised a road map" to circumvent new sanctions.

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N. Korea 'Agrees to Suspend Uranium Enrichment'

North Korea has agreed to suspend its enriched-uranium nuclear weapons program, a key United States demand for the resumption of disarmament talks, news reports said Saturday.

Yonhap news agency and the Chosun Ilbo daily quoted an unidentified diplomatic source saying the Washington had also agreed to provide the North with up to 240,000 tons of food aid.

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440 Dead, 200 Missing in Philippines Storm Floods

Tropical storm Washi whipped the southern Philippines, unleashing mammoth floods across vast areas that left 440 people dead and nearly 200 missing, relief workers said Saturday.

About 20,000 soldiers had been mobilized in a huge rescue and relief operation across the stricken north coast of the island of Mindanao, where the major ports of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan were worst hit.

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Gunmen Attack Military-Run Secondary School in North Nigeria

Gunmen have attacked a military-run secondary school in northern Nigeria, an air force official said Friday, reporting two officers wounded, though a doctor said four were killed.

"There was an attack on the air force comprehensive school by unknown gunmen," the air force official said on condition of anonymity. The incident late Thursday at the boarding school outside the city of Kano.

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Russia Seizes Radioactive Material Bound for Iran

Russia on Friday seized a consignment of the radioactive isotope Sodium-22 at a Moscow airport from a passenger who was to travel on a flight to Tehran, the customs service said.

"Tests showed that the Sodium-22 could only have been obtained as the result of the work of a nuclear reactor," it said in a statement. "A criminal enquiry has been opened and the materials transferred to prosecutors."

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112 Arrested in Europe Online Pedophilia Sex-abuse Bust

Police in 22 European countries have arrested 112 suspects for allegedly sharing online videos of children being sexually abused and raped, policing agency Europol said Friday.

"So far in 22 countries we have identified 269 suspects with 112 arrests,” Europol's director Rob Wainwright said at a press conference at Europol's headquarters in The Hague.

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Royalists Protest Outside U.S. Embassy in Bangkok

About 100 royalists gathered in front of the U.S. embassy in Bangkok on Friday in support of the kingdom's tough laws against insulting the monarchy, following criticism from Washington.

"We call on the U.S. embassy and Ambassador Kristie Kenney to apologize to all Thai people for their improper action towards our beloved king," said protest leader Chaiwat Surawichai.

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