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Britain Seeks Out Illegal Immigrants by Text Message

Britain has sent text messages to almost 40,000 illegal immigrants warning them they have no right to remain, officials said Friday -- and admitted that a handful of legal residents were caught up in the campaign.

"Message from the Home Office. Our records show that you may not have leave to remain in the UK. Please contact us to discuss your case," the message said.

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Tymoshenko Exit Bill Submitted to Ukraine Parliament

A Ukrainian lawmaker with President Viktor Yanukovych's ruling party has submitted to parliament a bill which could allow jailed former premier Yulia Tymoshenko to go abroad for medical treatment, the parliament's register showed Friday.

The release of Tymoshenko, who is serving a seven year sentence for abuse of power while in office, is seen as a key condition for Ukraine to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union at a summit in November.

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U.N. Helicopter Comes under Fire in DR Congo

A United Nations helicopter came under fire in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday, a U.N. source said, the second such incident in a week.

"Two helicopters left on reconnaissance missions this morning ... the pilots of one of the helicopters felt some impacts on the cockpit ... and landed" to inspect the damage, a source close to Monusco, the U.N. peacekeeping mission in DR Congo, told Agence France Presse.

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Suicide Bomb Attack in Kabul outside Foreign Compound

A Taliban suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden car in Kabul on Friday outside a compound where many foreign workers are based, killing at least two local civilians, Afghan officials said.

The blast was followed by bursts of gunfire as Afghan quick-reaction forces rushed to the scene at the Green Village, a fortified residential complex not far from Kabul airport in the east of the city.

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Jail Terms Urged for Somali Pirates on Trial in France

Prosecutors called Friday for jail terms of 10 to 12 years for three Somali pirates on trial for the 2009 hijacking of a French yacht that led to the death of its skipper.

The three pirates have asked for leniency, saying they were forced into piracy by lives of abject poverty.

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Riots after Five Held for S. African Toddler Murders

South African police fired rubber bullets Friday to disperse thousands of people who rioted after five people were arrested for the rape and murder of two toddlers in a shantytown, a spokesman said.

Protesters "blocked the road and threw stones at the police", said Lungelo Dlamini.

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Malala All Smiles as She Meets Queen Elizabeth

Malala Yousafzai was reduced to fits of laughter on Friday Tuesday by Queen Elizabeth II's husband Prince Philip as she met the royal couple at Buckingham Palace.

The 16-year-old, who was shot by the Taliban for championing girls' rights to an education, met Queen Elizabeth at a reception for youth, education and the Commonwealth.

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French Far-Right Drops Candidate Who Compared Minister to 'Monkey'

France's far-right National Front on Friday dropped a candidate for municipal elections due in March after she compared the country's black justice minister to a monkey.

The anti-immigration eurosceptic party led by Marine Le Pen is desperately seeking a makeover to broaden its voter appeal and dispel its xenophobic image.

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Protests across France against Student Deportations

Thousands of students protested in France and shut schools across the country on Friday in continued demonstrations against the deportation of foreign pupils.

In Paris, organizers said 12,000 students marched in protest, some clashing with riot police. Police said 4,000 students took part.

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Uganda on Alert over Fears of Kenya-Style Mall Attack

Uganda was on high alert Friday over fears of an attack similar to the bloody mall assault by Somalia's Shebab fighters in neighboring Kenya, where investigators continue to recover charred body parts.

At least 67 people were massacred in the upmarket Westgate shopping center in Nairobi when gunmen stormed the crowded complex on September 21, firing from the hip and hurling grenades at shoppers and staff.

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