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Homegrown Extremists Biggest Islamist Threat to U.S., Says Spy Chief

The global threat posed by the Islamic State group is still rising but U.S.-based homegrown extremists pose the biggest danger to the homeland, Washington's top spy said Tuesday.

In a report prepared for U.S. lawmakers before he was due to address a Senate panel, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said U.S.-based extremists pose "the most significant Sunni terrorist threat."

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Obama, Abe, Park Back U.N. Resolution on N.Korea

President Barack Obama spoke to two key Asian allies late Monday, garnering support for strong action against North Korea in response to recent nuclear and missile tests.

The White House said Obama had spoken to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-Hye to weigh the next steps, including a U.N. Security Council resolution that would bring new sanctions.

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Iran Nuclear Deal Delays Bomb by 10-15 Years, Says IISS Chief

The deal between world powers and Iran has delayed Tehran's acquisition of nuclear weapons by 10 to 15 years, the head of a top defense think-tank told AFP on Tuesday.

The agreement struck in Vienna in July between Iran and the permanent five members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany (P5 plus one) sees sanctions progressively lifted in return for Tehran ensuring its nuclear program remains for civilian use.

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U.N. Rights Chief Says UK, Sweden Should Accept Assange Ruling

The U.N. human rights chief said on a visit to Sri Lanka Tuesday that Britain and Sweden should accept the findings of one of his panels that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had been arbitrarily detained.

Last week, the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued its conclusion -- a non-binding legal opinion -- that Assange had been subjected to arbitrary detention by the Swedish and British governments.

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14 Poles Arrested in Sweden for Planning Asylum Center Attack

Swedish police said Tuesday they had arrested 14 Polish far-right activists for allegedly planning to attack an asylum center, after finding axes, knives and iron pipes in their cars.

Authorities said they detained the men on Monday after being tipped off about a planned attack against a migrant center in Nynashamn, some 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of Stockholm.

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EU's Tusk Says Russian Bombing in Syria Increasing Refugee Flow

EU president Donald Tusk warned Tuesday that Russian air strikes in Syria are worsening the conflict and increasing the number of refugees trying to get to an already overburdened Europe.

Tusk's comments come a day after German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was "horrified" by the suffering caused by Russian airstrikes.

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U.S. to Send Reinforcements to Aid Afghans in Embattled Province

The United States is set to send additional troops to Afghanistan's embattled southern Helmand province in a bid to bolster local forces that have struggled to fend off persistent Taliban assaults, officials said Tuesday.

The new mission would focus on training and buttressing the 215th Corps of the Afghan army based in the province, a spokesman for the U.S. army told AFP. 

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Banned Islamic Opposition Goes on Trial in Tajikistan

Thirteen members of a moderate Islamist opposition party went on trial behind closed doors in volatile Tajikistan on Tuesday, accused of fanning a wave of unrest that killed dozens of people last year.

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Hollande to Reshuffle to Prepare 2017 French Re-Election Bid

French President Francois Hollande is expected to set in motion Wednesday a government reshuffle aimed at boosting his appeal to voters ahead of a bid for a second term in 2017.

Veteran foreign minister and former premier Laurent Fabius is likely to step aside as Hollande seeks fresh political momentum with just 15 months left in office.

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Sri Lanka Must Confront Demons of Past, U.N. Rights Chief Says

Sri Lanka must "confront and defeat the demons of its past", the U.N. human rights chief said Tuesday at the end of a visit to assess the island's progress in investigating war crimes.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said Sri Lanka had come a long way since this time last year, when former president Mahinda Rajapakse was ousted after a decade in power.

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