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First China Air Force Drills in 'Far Offshore' Pacific

China's air force has carried out its first ever military drill over the western Pacific Ocean, state media said, highlighting Beijing's growing military reach.

Several aircraft from China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Monday flew over the ocean via the Bashi Channel, which runs between Taiwan and the Philippines, the official Xinhua news agency said.

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MUJAO Jihadists Claim Deadly Red Cross Attack in Mali

An international Red Cross worker was killed and a local colleague wounded when the aid truck they were driving came under fire in northern Mali on Monday, in an attack claimed by the MUJAO jihadist group.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said it was "profoundly dismayed by the death of one of its staff in Mali", after his aid truck was attacked near the northern city of Gao Monday morning. The nationality of the victim was not immediately released.

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Death Toll in Chile Floods Rises to 18

At least 18 people were killed in flash floods that hit a normally arid region of northern Chile last week, and about the same number remain missing, authorities said Monday.

The latest death toll from the devastating floods was released after six more bodies were found late Sunday and Monday, as rescue workers continued dealing with the aftermath of the torrential rains in Atacama region, home to the world's driest desert.

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Time Runs Out as Iran Nuclear Talks Hit Deadline Day

Marathon talks aimed at stopping Iran from getting nuclear weapons reach the finish line Tuesday as global powers scramble to clear the final hurdles hours before a midnight deadline for a framework deal.

After 18 months of tortuous talks, foreign ministers from Iran, the U.S., China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany hope such an accord will end a standoff that has been threatening to escalate dangerously for 12 years.

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Malaysian Arrests of Website Editors Draws Flak

Malaysian press groups on Tuesday criticized the arrest of three editors at a leading news portal over a disputed report, calling it part of a "worrying trend" of declining press-freedom standards.

The editors for The Malaysian Insider were arrested late Monday on suspicion of sedition and spent the night in jail, the website said.

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Spy Agencies in 'Technology Arms Race', Says British Chief

Spy agencies are caught in a "technology arms race" with terrorists and criminals, the new head of Britain's MI6 said on Monday in his first public comments since becoming chief.

Alex Younger defended the use of data by the Secret Intelligence Service, known as MI6, after the release of documents by former CIA contractor Edward Snowden sparked criticism of sweeping mass surveillance by intelligence agencies.

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U.S. Senator Rubio to Announce Political Future April 13

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio said Monday he plans to announce next month whether he will make a 2016 bid for the White House.

"I will announce on April 13th what I'm going to do next in terms of running for president or the U.S. Senate," Rubio, a first-term Republican lawmaker from Florida, told Fox News.

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Accused Abu Hamza Accomplice Pleads Guilty to Terror

A mentally ill British man accused of setting up a violent extremist training camp in the United States under orders from radical preacher Abu Hamza pleaded guilty Monday in New York to terror.

Haroon Aswat, a 40-year-old who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, was extradited from Britain to the United States in October, nearly a decade after his 2005 Zambia arrest.

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U.S. Presses for Release of Myanmar Protesters

The United States voiced concern Monday at the arrest of and charges against peaceful protesters in Myanmar after a protest over educational reform, and called for their release.

More than 60 demonstrators were brought to a court hearing in the central town of Letpadan on Wednesday, two weeks after baton-wielding police violently quelled their rally for education reform in scenes that sparked fears of a return to junta-era repression.

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Obama Invokes JFK as Iran Talks Hit Deadline

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday enlisted his predecessor John F. Kennedy in defense of contentious nuclear talks with Iran that are now coming down to the wire.

Speaking at the dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate in Boston, Obama said the negotiators led by Secretary of State John Kerry were "standing up for a principle that Ted and his brother, President Kennedy, believed in so strongly."

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