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Four Jailed on Terror Charges in China

A Chinese court has sentenced four people to between 10 and 20 years in prison on terror-related charges, state media reported, as Beijing furthers a crackdown after a wave of violent attacks.

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Nigeria Ruling Party Governors Back Jonathan Re-election Bid

State governors from Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan's ruling party on Wednesday said they would back his bid to run for a second term, in a strong indication that he will stand for re-election.

Jonathan has not yet announced whether he will seek office for another four years and the issue has divided his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), leading to the defection of a number of governors and lawmakers to the main opposition.

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Fiji Coup Leader Heads for Landmark Poll Victory

Coup leader Voreqe Bainimarama was poised Thursday to become Fiji's first elected leader in eight years as provisional results gave him a commanding lead after historic elections.

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Iran Slams U.S. for Being 'Obsessed' with Sanctions as Talks Resume

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday accused Washington of being "obsessed" with sanctions as a new round of high-stakes bilateral nuclear negotiations opened in New York.

"We are committed to resolving this issue," Zarif told a U.S. think-tank, as a State Department official confirmed to Agence France Presse that the two sides had resumed talks here late Wednesday.

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At Least 15 Officers Wounded as Thousands Rally in Ecuador

At least 15 officers were wounded and multiple arrests were reported in Quito Wednesday as thousands gathered for rallies for and against leftist President Rafael Correa, officials said.

Union and opposition groups that included indigenous people, students and doctors gathered to protest a spate of government initiatives, in a march that filled tens of city blocks, organizers reported.

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Protesters Press Fresh Murder Charges against Pakistan PM

Anti-government protesters in Pakistan have pressed fresh murder charges against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, police confirmed Wednesday, as demonstrations that rocked the capital last month appear to lose steam.

The case relates to the deaths of three people in clashes with police that took place on the night of August 30 after the protesters attempted to storm the prime minister's official residence and used cranes to remove barricades.

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Ukraine Leader Visits Obama Seeking U.S. Security Pledge

Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko will cast Russia as a global menace Thursday when he meets U.S. President Barack Obama in the hope of winning a "special status" guaranteeing his troubled nation's security.

The pro-Western president's first tour of the White House since his May election comes two days after Ukraine took its first firm step out of Russia's orbit by ratifying a landmark political and economic partnership pact with the 28-nation EU bloc.

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Despite Beheadings, U.S. Against Hostage Ransoms

Executions by jihadists have not changed Washington's opposition to paying hostage ransoms, leaving it at odds with the European allies it hopes will join the fight against extremists in Iraq and Syria.

Several European nations are believed to have secretly paid millions of dollars to save their nationals, including some held by the Islamic State group that beheaded two U.S. journalists.

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Cyprus Leaders Agree to Redouble Peace Talks

Cypriot leaders have agreed to redouble flagging peace talks to end the island's 40-year division and hold two meetings per month, U.N. envoy Espen Barth Eide said Wednesday.

Cyprus has been split since 1974, when Turkish troops seized its northern third in response to an Athens-engineered coup in Nicosia aimed at uniting Cyprus with Greece.

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Ringleader in Canada Terror Case Pleads Guilty

The alleged ringleader of a Canadian terror cell entered a guilty plea Wednesday to possessing an explosive device, and was sentenced to 24 years in prison.

Hiva Alizadeh was one of three men arrested in police raids and charged in 2010 in what was described in court as a plot to attack Canadian military and other targets.

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