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8 Killed in Eid al-Fitr Suicide Attacks in Chechnya

Eight people, mainly police officers, were killed and more than 20 injured in two suicide bomb blasts in Chechnya as Russia's Muslim region feted the end of the Ramadan holy month, officials said on Wednesday.

Three suicide bombers blew themselves up the day before in the Chechen capital Grozny, killing five policemen, an emergencies ministry official and a passer-by and wounding more than 20.

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Car Bomb Kills 11 in Southwest Pakistan

A car bomb killed at least eleven people on Wednesday and wounded 22 more in a Shiite Muslim area of the restive southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, police said.

The bomb exploded in a parking lot after prayers marking the festival of Eid al-Fitr, senior police official Mohammad Hashim told Agence France Presse.

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Ban to Visit Australia, New Zealand, Pacific

United Nations leader Ban Ki-moon will visit Australia next month in the first trip to the country by a U.N. Secretary-General in more than a decade, officials said Wednesday.

The visit -- which will also take in New Zealand, the Solomon Islands and Kiribati and is expected to focus on climate change -- will be the first since then United Nations leader Kofi Annan toured in 2000.

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U.S. Rescues Thousands Stranded by Irene

U.S. rescuers battled Tuesday to reach thousands cut off by flooding in towns across Vermont, New Jersey and upstate New York as the death toll from Hurricane Irene climbed towards 50.

Emergency provisions had to be airlifted to dozens of communities stranded by floodwaters as torrential weekend rains dumped by the massive storm system washed away roads and sent rivers cascading over their banks.

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U.S. Concerned Individuals at Risk after WikiLeaks Dump, Site under Cyberattack

The United States on Tuesday voiced renewed concern over the risks to individuals after the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks made public more U.S. diplomatic cables, many of which contained the names of sensitive sources.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland would not confirm the authenticity of the latest documents, but said "the United States strongly condemns any illegal disclosure of classified information.”

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Nigeria Sectarian Clash Toll Rises to 13

The death toll from a clash between Christians and Muslims in deeply divided central Nigeria has risen to at least 13, a hospital official said on Tuesday.

"Thirteen corpses have been transferred (from another hospital closer to the violence)," Ishaya Pam, chief medical director at Jos University Teaching Hospital, said after Monday's clash.

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Supporters of ANC Youth Leader Clash with Police

South African police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse hundreds of supporters of controversial ANC youth leader Julius Malema on Tuesday, as he faced a party disciplinary panel.

While senior members of the African National Congress considered whether to suspend or even expel the influential firebrand, his followers staged a show of strength outside its headquarters by hurling stones and bottles at police.

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Lithuanian Jet Collides with NATO Plane, Pilots Eject

A Lithuanian military plane collided midair with a French NATO jet Tuesday and crashed after its two pilots ejected, officials in both countries said.

The French Mirage fighter landed safely after the collision with the Lithuanian L-39 Albatros combat training aircraft near the Zokniai air base in northern Lithuania. The Lithuanian pilots ejected and were taken to a hospital for medical checkups, officials said.

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1 Killed, 2 Injured in Shooting Near Copenhagen Mosque

A shooting outside a Copenhagen mosque after prayers to mark the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan has left one person dead and at least two people injured, police said Tuesday.

Police spokesman Lau Thygesen said the shooting took place outside the Muslim Culture Institute, located in the Danish capital's western Vesterbro district, and that the roads surrounding the mosque and a nearby car park have been cordoned off. Thygesen could not immediately provide more details.

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Khartoum Files Complaint with U.N. against S. Sudan

Sudan's government has lodged a complaint at the U.N. Security Council against South Sudan, accusing it of fomenting unrest in its northern neighbor, an official announced on Tuesday.

The complaint also accused South Sudan, which obtained its independence in July, of "supporting rebels" against the Khartoum government, foreign ministry spokesman Al-Obeid Merwah said in a statement.

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