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Japan Sailor Kills Self after Hazing

Japan's navy has admitted a sailor killed himself onboard his ship after being persistently bullied by a superior, the latest incident to shed light on the country's little-discussed hazing culture.

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Govt: Philippine Airport Bomb Plotters Planned Anti-China Attacks

Three men arrested over a foiled attempt to bomb the Philippine capital's airport were also planning to attack the Chinese embassy and one of Manila's biggest malls, authorities said Tuesday.

The men, who were detained on Monday at the airport with an explosive-laden van, had planned a series of consecutive attacks, apparently to publicize their anti-China grievances, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima told reporters.

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Pentagon: U.S. Forces Conduct Operation in Somalia

U.S. military forces carried out an operation against al-Qaida-linked Shebab militants in Somalia on Monday, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said.

"We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate," he added in a statement.

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Report: China Calls for Britain to Scrap Hong Kong Inquiry

Chinese authorities have demanded Britain drop an inquiry into the progress of democratic reforms in Hong Kong, accusing it of "highly inappropriate" interference in its affairs, the BBC reported Monday.

The broadcaster said it had seen a letter from China's Foreign Affairs Committee to its British counterpart condemning the probe into the state of democracy since Hong Kong was handed over to Chinese control in 1997.

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U.N. Chief Says 'No Military Solution' to Ukraine Crisis

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned Western powers Tuesday "there is no military solution" to the Ukraine crisis, as NATO prepares to upgrade its combat readiness in eastern Europe.

Ban said he was greatly concerned at developments in Ukraine and wanted to avoid further deterioration in a crisis "that has been developing into a very chaotic and dangerous situation".

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Americans Detained in N.Korea Appeal for Help

Three U.S. citizens held in North Korea pleaded Monday for help to secure their release, urging Washington to send an envoy to the hardline communist country.

As government minders looked on, the three, who appeared tense, also said they had been well treated in the autocratic state.

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Rebels Say No to Colombian Military Role in Peace

Leftist FARC guerrillas in peace talks aimed at ending a five-decade conflict rejected Monday a Colombian plan to put the military in charge of disarming the rebels.

"There is no way" that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia will accept a military role "to resolve issues that are of political nature by definition," top rebel negotiator Ivan Marquez told reporters.

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French Court Upholds Nuclear Ban on Muslim Engineer

A French court Monday upheld a ban on a Muslim engineer from accessing nuclear sites, citing his links with jihadist networks but his lawyer said it was a case of Islamophobia.

The 29-year-old working for a firm subcontracted by energy giant EDF had been granted access to nuclear installations as part of his job throughout 2012 and 2013.

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Fidel Castro Compares NATO to Nazis, Lashes Out at U.S.

Cuban ex-president Fidel Castro lashed out at the United States and Europe on Monday, accusing them of war-mongering and comparing the NATO military alliance's representatives to the Nazi SS.

In a tortuous column published in Cuban state media, the father of the island's communist revolution also attacked U.S. Senator John McCain over United States policy in the Middle East, calling him "Israel's most unconditional ally."

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New Round of Mali Peace Talks Opens in Algiers

Peace talks between the Malian government and armed rebels opened on Monday in the Algerian capital, the second round of negotiations since July aimed at clinching a lasting peace agreement.

The Bamako government and six rebel groups, mostly Tuareg but also including Arab organizations, are seeking to resolve a decades-old conflict that created a power vacuum in the desert north that was exploited by al-Qaida.

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