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Snowden's Father in 'Emotional' Reunion with Son

The father of U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has held an "emotional" meeting with his son for the first time since the fugitive took refuge in Russia to escape U.S. justice, a report said Friday.

Lon Snowden met his son after arriving in Moscow from the United States on Thursday, Interfax quoted an informed source as saying, without specifying the time or place of the meeting.

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African Union Summit Opens with Attack on ICC

The International Criminal Court (ICC) was under fire Friday over its "unfair" and "totally unacceptable" treatment of Africa, as Ethiopia opened a special African Union summit with a scathing attack on the Hague-based tribunal.

The meeting comes amid mounting tensions between the ICC and Kenya, whose president and vice-president have been charged with crimes against humanity for allegedly masterminding a vicious campaign of ethnic violence after disputed 2007 elections.

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Kerry in Afghanistan for Urgent Security Talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Afghanistan Friday for urgent talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai as an end of October deadline looms for completing a security deal that would allow American troops to remain in Afghanistan after the end of the NATO-led military mission next year.

Kerry's unannounced visit to Kabul comes as talks on the Bilateral Security Agreement have foundered over issues of Afghan sovereignty despite a year of negotiations.

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Typhoon Barrels toward Northern Philippines

A tropical storm barreling toward the northern Philippines on Friday intensified into a typhoon with destructive winds and rain threatening farmland and populated areas, including the capital, Manila.

Typhoon Nari forced U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to call off a trip Friday to the Philippines. Kerry, who was visiting Southeast Asia for regional summits, said in Brunei on Thursday he was advised by his pilots to postpone the trip.

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Turkey Freezes al-Qaida, Taliban Assets

Turkey has imposed financial sanctions on some 350 people and dozens of organizations that have been blacklisted by the United Nations Security Council for alleged links to al-Qaida or the Taliban.

The move, made public late Thursday, would freeze any assets those individuals or groups may have in Turkey.

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4.4-Magnitute Quake Hits Northern Greece

A 4.4 magnitude earthquake struck close to the city of Thessaloniki in northern Greece early on Friday, the Athens Observatory said, with no immediate reports of damages.

The earthquake was "mild" according to an observatory spokesman and its epicentre was recorded 35 kilometers (21 miles) north of Polygyros, the capital of the Halkidiki peninsula.

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Kerry Lauds Multi-Faith Malaysia as Model for World

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry lauded Malaysia Friday as a modern, innovative and multi-faith model for the world, heaping praise on a country the United States regards as a valuable Muslim ally.

On the final day of a curtailed Asian tour in which he has filled in for U.S. President Barack Obama, Kerry said Malaysia's young people were an inspiration for the Arab Spring.

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N. Korea Warns of Counter-Attack on U.S. Warship

North Korea on Friday threatened to "bury in the sea" a U.S. aircraft carrier, as it slammed a three-nation naval drill involving U.S., South Korean and Japanese warships.

The latest warning from the isolated regime came a day after the United States launched a two-day joint military drill with South Korea and Japan off the southern coast of the Korean peninsula.

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Edward Snowden Given 'Integrity in Intelligence' Award

U.S. fugitive Edward Snowden has been honored with a prize awarded annually by former CIA staff for exhibiting "integrity in intelligence," the group said Thursday.

The 30-year-old, currently in Russia, is wanted by Washington on espionage charges after disclosing details about the vast scope of the U.S. government's surveillance operations.

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Fire at Japan Hospital Kills 10, Injures Several More

At least ten people were killed as a fire ripped through a hospital in southwestern Japan on Friday, police said, with elderly patients and staff among the dead.

The blaze, which erupted in the middle of the night, left a further eight people injured, according to police, with broadcasters saying four of them were in a critical condition.

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