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Russian Fighter Jet Crashes, Killing Pilot

A fighter jet crashed in southern Russia on Sunday, killing the pilot, the head of the air force told Russian news agencies, blaming a technical fault.

"An accident took place and the pilot died," General Viktor Bondarev said, quoted by the Interfax news agency.

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Federal Judge Overturns Washington DC Ban on Guns in Public

A federal judge has ruled that a ban on citizens carrying handguns in public in the U.S. capital Washington DC is unconstitutional.

In a 19-page opinion, Judge Frederick Scullin on Saturday ruled that "there is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia's total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny.

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Tropical Storm Hernan Forms Off Mexico's Pacific Coast

Fearing potentially deadly flooding, Mexican disaster officials are closely monitoring the weather after Tropical Storm Hernan formed off the country's Pacific coast of Mexico late Saturday.

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Philippines Welcomes 100 Millionth Baby

A baby girl born early Sunday has officially pushed the population of the Philippines to 100 million, highlighting the challenge of providing for more people in the already-impoverished nation.

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Twin Tragedies Push Malaysia Airlines to the Brink

Any airline would struggle with the devastating impact of losing one jet full of passengers, especially if it had already been bleeding money for years.

But losing another just months later is pushing crisis-hit Malaysia Airlines to the brink of financial collapse, airline experts said, spotlighting whether it can steer its way out of extended turmoil as once-troubled carriers such as Korean Air and Garuda Indonesia did before.

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N. Korea Defies U.N. Censure to Fire Missile into Sea

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un guided the military's latest rocket-firing drill, state media said Sunday, confirming the missile launch which was conducted in defiance of U.N. censure.   

Saturday's launch was the first since the U.N. Security Council on July 17 officially condemned Pyongyang for its recent series of ballistic missile tests, in violation of U.N. resolutions.

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First MH17 Victim Identified, Grieving Relatives Visit Site

Forensic experts have identified the first of 298 people killed in the MH17 disaster, the Dutch government said, as grieving relatives defied safety concerns to pay an emotional visit to the crash site in eastern Ukraine.

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Japan's Abe Tours Ancient City with Mexican Leader

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wrapped up a two-day visit to Mexico Saturday, taking a break from sealing energy deals to tour pyramids with President Enrique Pena Nieto.

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Putin and Australia's Abbott Discuss MH17 Probe

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Saturday discussed how an international probe could be set up into the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine, in which 28 Australians were killed.

The two leaders held a telephone conversation "to exchange their views on aspects of organizing an independent and objective international inquiry", the Kremlin said in a statement.

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Boko Haram Execute 12 in Northeast Town

Boko Haram Islamists have executed 12 people including a village chief in a remote part of northeastern Nigeria, residents said Saturday.

The attackers entered the village of Garubula, in Biu district, late Wednesday and dragged their victims out of their homes before shooting them, the residents said.

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