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Pakistan Frees 40 Indian Prisoners

Pakistani on Friday announced the release of 40 Indian prisoners, including 35 fishermen held for violating territorial waters, a day after a major South Asian summit closed.

The fishermen -- who had been detained for between one and three years -- will travel from Karachi to the eastern city of Lahore, where the two neighbours and arch-rivals have their only active border crossing.

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Report: Austrian Police Launch Mass Raids against Jihad Recruiters

Austrian police raided homes, prayer rooms and mosques around the country early Friday in a mass operation targeting suspected jihad recruiters, the Austria Press Agency reported, citing police sources.

Some 20 arrest warrants were also issued, APA said, but it remained unclear if anyone had yet been arrested.

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N. Korea Slams U.S. as Racist, Human Rights 'Tundra'

Condemned at the U.N. for rights abuses, North Korea hit back Friday, describing the United States as a human rights "tundra" where racial discrimination flourishes.

Citing the protests that erupted when a police officer was not charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, a foreign ministry spokesman heaped scorn on the notion of "rule of law" in the U.S.

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U.S. Vietnam War Vet's Remains Repatriated after 47 Years

The remains of an American soldier who went missing in fighting near the Cambodian border during the Vietnam War have been identified and returned to his family, the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh said Friday.

U.S. Defense Department scientists were able to uncover the identity of Staff Sergeant James L. Van Bendegom using DNA analysis, 47-years after he disappeared when his patrol was overrun, the embassy said.

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Pope Francis Makes First Visit to Turkey

Pope Francis begins his first visit to Turkey on Friday in a challenging trip aimed at building bridges with Islam and supporting the embattled Christian minorities of the Middle East.

The pope will spend the first of three days in Turkey in the capital Ankara, notably holding a meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at his newly-constructed and hugely controversial presidential palace.

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Namibians Cast Ballots in Africa's First e-Vote

Namibians voted on Friday in a general election billed as Africa's first e-vote, with the ruling party expected to retain power in the country it has run since independence.

Voting began at 0500 GMT across the country, with voters standing in long lines before day break including some first-time "born free" voters -- those born after Namibia gained independence from South Africa in 1990.

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Burkina Will Ask Morocco to Extradite Former President

Burkina Faso will ask Morocco to extradite ousted leader Blaise Compaore, interim prime minister Isaac Zida told reporters on Thursday after the new government's first meeting. 

"We will ask Morocco... to place president Compaore at the disposal of Burkinabe justice," Zida said during a meeting with journalists in Burkina's capital, Ouagadougou.

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Death Sentences for Thai Muslim Separatists Condemned

Human rights groups Friday condemned the Thai authorities for sentencing five alleged Muslim separatists to death, saying the punishment would do little to promote peace in the violence-racked south.

The men were convicted on Wednesday by the Pattani provincial court for shooting dead four soldiers in July 2013, Thai Rath, the country's largest circulation newspaper, reported. 

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London Mayor Boris Johnson Backs British PM on EU Migration Curbs

London Mayor Boris Johnson on Friday voiced support for Prime Minister David Cameron's plan to slash migration from the European Union, but said "talented people" should not be kept out of Britain. 

In a major immigration policy speech to be delivered later Friday, Cameron is expected to announce plans to ban EU migrants from claiming benefits for their first four years in order to curb overall migration.

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Billionaire Media Mogul Seeks to Lead Quebec Separatists

Media mogul Pierre Karl Peladeau announced Thursday he will seek the leadership of the Parti Quebecois, the standardbearer of a movement to split the province from the rest of Canada.

Peladeau, 53, made the announcement in a speech to students at the University of Montreal.

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