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First Female Presidential Candidate Nominated in Taiwan

Taiwan's main opposition party said Wednesday it will nominate ex-vice premier Tsai Ing-wen for next year's presidential election, the first woman in Taiwan's history to run for the post.

Tsai, 54, won the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP's) primary to secure her candidacy against two senior party members, said acting chairman Ker Chien-ming.

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WikiLeaks: Qaida Post-9/11 Plotters Held in Guantanamo

A small group of al-Qaida operatives was plotting chilling follow-up attacks after September 11 before they were detained at Guantanamo, leaked documents on the U.S. facility revealed Tuesday, Agence France Presse reported.

The New York Times, one of several media outlets to have obtained the WikiLeaks documents, said a small group around September 11 mastermind Khaled Sheikh Mohammed aspired to stage attacks involving weapons of mass destruction.

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NATO Kills 'Number Two Most-Wanted' in Afghanistan

NATO troops in Afghanistan said had killed a Saudi described as an "al-Qaida senior leader" who was their number two most-wanted insurgent in the country, NATO said to Agence France Presse.

The U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said Abu Hafs al-Najdi, also known as Abdul Ghani, was killed in an air strike in Kunar province, eastern Afghanistan, on April 13.

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U.S. Warns of 'Terrorist Attack' in Uzbekistan

The U.S. State Department warned citizens traveling in Uzbekistan of the potential for a "terrorist attack or localized civil disturbance" and told them to exercise caution, Agence France Presse said on Monday.

"The U.S. government continues to receive information that indicates terrorist groups may be planning attacks, possibly against U.S. interests, in Uzbekistan," it said in its statement to AFP.

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Pakistan Bus Bombings Kill 18

Bombs planted by the roadside tore through two Pakistani navy buses taking employees to work on Tuesday, killing four people and wounding more than 50 others.

The blasts took place roughly 15 minutes apart in different areas of Karachi, the country's biggest city, said Navy Commander Salman Ali.

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Police Free 51 Kidnapped in Mexico

Mexican police on Monday freed 51 people who had been kidnapped in the northeast of the country, including 18 Central American and six Chinese migrant workers, the public security ministry said.

The raid on a building in the northeastern town of Reynosa near the U.S. border -- where rival drug cartels battle it out for lucrative trade routes to the north -- uncovered 14 Guatemalans, two Hondurans and two Salvadorans.

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WikiLeaks: U.S. Knew Guantanamo Detainees Were Innocent

The United States held hundreds of inmates who were either totally innocent or low-risk for years and released dozens of "high-risk" Guantanamo inmates, according to leaked classified files.

The new leaks reveal that inmates were held without trial on the basis of often seriously flawed information, such as from mentally ill or otherwise unreliable co-detainees or statements from suspects who had been abused or tortured, The New York Times reported.

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Around 500 Taliban Flee in Daring Afghan Jailbreak

Almost 500 Taliban prisoners escaped from an Afghan prison overnight after their comrades had spent months digging a massive underground tunnel in an audacious jailbreak, officials said Monday.

The Taliban said it was behind the operation in Kandahar, the militant Islamist organization’s heartland in the south of the country, and that all of those who escaped were its members, many of them senior commanders.

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Pope Backs 'Diplomacy' in Libya, Calls for 'Solidarity' with Refugees

Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday urged "diplomacy and dialogue" instead of arms in Libya and "solidarity" with refugees from unrest across the north African and Middle Eastern region.

"In the current conflict in Libya, may diplomacy and dialogue take the place of arms," the pope said in his traditional Easter message.

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Armenia Remembers Genocide Amid Impasse with Turkey

Armenians on Sunday marked 96 years since the mass killings of their ancestors under the Ottoman Empire amid apparent deadlock in the process of normalizing relations with modern Turkey.

Armenia contends the killings were a genocide -- a label supported by some countries but vehemently opposed by Turkey -- and the controversy has poisoned ties between Yerevan and Ankara to this day.

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