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Thousands Flee S.Sudan War despite Political Peace Efforts

Thousands of South Sudanese have fled fighting and extreme hunger in recent weeks, the United Nations says in a report, as leaders struggle to honor a peace deal on the ground.

Almost 10,000 civilians have arrived since late December at an already hugely overcrowded U.N. peacekeeping base in the town of Bentiu in the battleground northern Unity region, according to the report from the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

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Iran Warns of Reciprocal Measures in U.S. Visa Row

Iran's parliament speaker said Sunday that new U.S. visa regulations amounted to "harassment" and reciprocal steps would be taken if the plans are implemented.

The rules, approved by Congress last month, would bar people from 38 mainly European countries from traveling to the United States without a visa if they have visited Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan since 2011.

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India Teen Gang-Raped, Shot, Dumped in Well

An Indian teenager held captive for two weeks by a gang of men said in an interview broadcast Sunday that she was repeatedly raped before being shot twice and dumped in a well on the outskirts of New Delhi.

The victim, reportedly aged 14, was allegedly abducted on November 22 while walking to a market in western Delhi, in the latest case of sexual violence in the Indian capital.

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Two Dead as Firefighters Battle Huge Australia Bushfire

Two people have died and more than a hundred homes have been destroyed in a huge bushfire, Australian authorities said Sunday, as firefighters battled to tame the out-of-control blaze.

The inferno -- which has razed about 71,000 hectares (175,000 acres) in Western Australia state -- is the most recent in a series of bushfires that have kicked off a hot summer season, with the latest deaths lifting the national toll to eight.

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U.S. Bomber Flies over S. Korea as Show of Force against North

The U.S. sent a heavy bomber over South Korea on Sunday in a show of force as North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un insisted his country's latest nuclear test was carried out in self-defense.

The test on Wednesday of what the North claimed was its first hydrogen bomb has sparked international alarm and raised tensions along the inter-Korean frontier, with Seoul reviving cross-border propaganda broadcasts.

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Sean Penn's Meet with Mexico Kingpin Led to Capture

U.S. actor Sean Penn interviewed Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman three months before the Mexican drug lord's capture this week, Rolling Stone magazine revealed Saturday, a meeting that helped authorities track down the kingpin.

The U.S. rock magazine published a picture showing Penn in a black shirt shaking hands with the mustachioed Sinaloa drug cartel leader, who is in a blue shirt, on October 2.

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Hollande Visits Main Paris Mosque, a Year after Charlie Hebdo Attack

French President Francois Hollande made an unannounced visit to the main mosque in Paris on Sunday, a year after jihadist attacks in the French capital.

"The president had a short conversation and a moment of friendship and fraternity over a cup of tea," a French presidency official said.

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Thousands March in Bilbao for Return of ETA Prisoners

Tens of thousands protested in Bilbao, northern Spain, on Saturday calling for the return of more than 400 prisoners linked to the Basque separatist group ETA who are being held outside the region.

Families of the convicts, who are dispersed across 73 prisons in France and Spain, led the march in the Basque region's most populous city.

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N. Korea Leader Defends 'Hydrogen Bomb' Test

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un on Sunday justified what he claimed was his country's first hydrogen bomb test as self-defense to prevent nuclear war with the U.S., in his first comments since the explosion.

Pyongyang on Wednesday carried out its fourth nuclear test, angering the international community and raising tensions with neighboring South Korea.

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IS Sympathizer who Shot U.S. Cop Charged with Attempted Murder

The suspect who shot and seriously wounded a police officer in Philadelphia while claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group was charged Saturday with attempted murder, the district attorney's office said.

Police said it was unclear whether the alleged assailant, Edward Archer, a 30-year-old local man, acted alone or as part of a wider conspiracy.

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