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Rebels Killed in Indian Kashmir Gun Battle

Government forces in Indian Kashmir killed three suspected rebels Tuesday during a lengthy gun battle, police said, in the latest flare-up ahead of tense local elections later this year.

Soldiers cordoned off a house in Hanjan village, some 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of the main city of Srinagar, on Monday evening after receiving a tip-off that militants were inside, a police officer told AFP.

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U.N.: At Least Half a Million Displaced by Ukraine Conflict

Fighting in Ukraine has driven over half a million people from their homes, the U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday, warning that the real number could be double that, in a crisis threatening the entire region.

At least 260,000 have been displaced within Ukraine, UNHCR said, adding that Moscow had reported another 260,000 people have sought asylum in Russia.

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Ukraine Says 15 Soldiers Killed in Last 24 Hours of Fighting

Ukraine's military on Tuesday reported losing 15 soldiers over the last 24 hours of fighting with eastern insurgents who it claims are backed up by Russian weapons and troops.

Senior defense spokesman Andriy Lysenko said another 49 troops and their accompanying irregular forces had been wounded in various attacks. He did not report losses suffered by the rebels in a campaign that has already claimed more than 2,600 lives.

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Philippine Muslim Peace Process Set to Clear Key Hurdle

A self-rule bill for the Philippines' Muslim minority will likely reach Congress next week, the government said Tuesday, clearing a key hurdle in efforts to end one of Asia's longest rebellions.

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Hong Kong pro-Democracy Group Admits Likely Defeat

Organisers of a pro-democracy group who vowed to take over Hong Kong's streets admitted Tuesday they were powerless to change China's plan to vet candidates for the city's next leader, but said their protest would go ahead.

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Sudan Orders Closure of Iran Cultural Centers

Sudan has ordered Iran to close its cultural centers and given their managers 72 hours to leave the country, an official said Tuesday, in a shock to generally close relations.

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Aide Says Putin Comments on Capturing Kiev Taken Out of Context

A comment attributed to President Vladimir Putin warning that Russia could capture Kiev in two weeks was taken out of context, his top foreign policy aide said Tuesday.

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Pakistan Minister Condemns Protests, as Lawmakers Back PM

Pakistan's interior minister Tuesday slammed violent anti-government protests as a "revolt against the state" as lawmakers backed beleaguered Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Parliament met for an emergency session after three days of clashes between police and club-wielding demonstrators demanding Sharif's resignation, which have left three dead and nearly 500 injured.

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Russia and NATO Square Off over Ukraine

Moscow declared NATO a "threat" to its security Tuesday after the Western military alliance announced plans to reinforce defenses in eastern Europe because of Russia's alleged stoking of war in Ukraine.

Moscow's surprise declaration of a shift in its military doctrine came just ahead of a NATO summit in Wales on Thursday at which beleaguered Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will lobby U.S. President Barack Obama for military help.

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Search for Trapped Miners in Nicaragua Suspended

Rescue teams Tuesday suspended efforts to reach seven trapped gold miners in Nicaragua because land slides were making the work too dangerous.

"Experts has to acknowledge it impossible" to keep going back into the mine, government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo said.

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