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Two Soldiers, Four 'Militants' Killed in Indian Kashmir

Two soldiers and four suspected militants were killed Saturday in a fierce gun battle in Indian-administered Kashmir near the de facto border with Pakistan, an army spokesman said.

The six died during a heavy exchange of fire in the border village of Marsari, 130 kilometers (80 miles) northwest of the main city of Srinagar, deputy inspector general of police for the frontier area, Gharib Das said.

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Columbine Shooter's Mother Says Saw No Signs of his Mental Distress

Sue Klebold, the mother of a teen involved in the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history, said she saw no signs of her son's mental distress in her first TV interview since the 1999 massacre.

Klebold's son Dylan, 17, and his best friend Eric Harris, 18, came to school on April 20, 1999 dressed in black trenchcoats and carrying four guns. They opened fire, killing 13 people and wounding 24 in Columbine before killing themselves.

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Outgoing Myanmar President Cancels U.S. Visit to Monitor Political Transition

Myanmar's outgoing president has scrapped a planned trip to the U.S. next week in order to oversee the power hand-off to Aung San Suu Kyi's new government, a presidential spokesman told AFP Saturday.

Thein Sein was due to attend a summit for leaders from the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bloc hosted by U.S. president Barack Obama, who has staked large political capital in Myanmar's passage towards greater democracy.

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More than 100 Dead in Collapsed Taiwan Building

Rescuers have found the bodies of more than 100 people killed after an apartment block in Taiwan collapsed during an earthquake one week ago, emergency services said on Saturday.

Only three residents of the Wei-kuan complex in the southern city of Tainan remained unaccounted for as emergency services drew close to completing their search, after rescuing hundreds of people from the ruins.

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U.S. Man Pleads Guilty to Hate Crime after Threatening Mosques

A Florida man has admitted he threatened to firebomb two mosques and shoot worshipers in the wake of the November Paris attacks.

Martin Alan Schnitzler pleaded guilty in the state of Florida to obstructing persons in the free exercise of religious beliefs, a hate crime, the U.S. Justice Department said Friday.

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Pentagon: N. Korea Lacks Technology for Anti-U.S. Nuclear Strike

North Korea is committed to striking the United States with a nuclear-armed missile, but it can't do so without outside help, due to shortfalls in its own technology, the Pentagon said Friday.

The report to Congress was written prior to a fourth nuclear test conducted by Pyongyang last month and the launch of a satellite-bearing rocket earlier this month.

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U.S. Deploys more Patriot Missiles in S. Korea

The United States has temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea following North Korea's recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch, U.S. Forces Korea said Saturday.

The move came as the two allies plan to start detailed discussions on bringing in an advanced, high-altitude U.S. missile defense system opposed by China as early as next week.

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U.S. Approves F-16 Sale to Pakistan

The United States said Friday it had approved selling up to eight Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, along with training, radar and other equipment, worth a total of $699 million.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which coordinates such foreign arms sales, said it had informed Congress of the plans on Thursday.

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Trump: The Art of the Political Rally

Agence France-Presse has launched a weekly series of reporters' blogs taking readers behind the scenes of the 2016 U.S. election for a look at the events and attitudes shaping the White House race.

The third post in the series comes from New Hampshire, the Granite State, which held its presidential primaries on February 9, won by Democratic White House hopeful Bernie Sanders and Republican frontrunner Donald Trump:

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Two Teen Girls Killed in Shooting at Arizona School

Two teenage girls were killed Friday in a shooting at a high school in the southwestern U.S. state of Arizona, police said, adding they believe the tragedy was an "isolated incident."

Officer Tracey Breeden, of the Glendale police department, identified the two victims as 15-year-old girls who were found next to each with a weapon nearby.

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