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U.S. Troops to Stay in Poland, Baltics Through 2015

U.S. troops will remain in Poland and the Baltic states through 2015 "to deter Russian aggression," the top U.S. commander for Europe said on Sunday.

"There are going to be U.S. army forces here in Lithuania as well as Estonia and Latvia and Poland for as long as it's required to deter Russian aggression," said Lt. General Ben Hodges, commander of U.S. Army Europe.

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U.S. Police Shoot Dead Boy, 12, Holding Replica Gun

Police in the U.S. city of Cleveland shot and killed a 12-year-old boy who was in a playground waving around what turned out to be a replica gun, officials and reports said Sunday.

Officers called to the scene Saturday fired at the boy twice, hitting him at least once in the stomach, after reports that he was pointing a gun at people. 

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Berlin Says 60 Germans Have Died Fighting for IS

Some 60 Germans have been killed while fighting under the banner of the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, the head of the German domestic intelligence service said Sunday.

"About 60 people from Germany have died or killed themselves, at least nine in suicide attacks," Hans-George Maassen told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper.

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Kenya Claims Anti-Shebab Strikes in Somalia after Bus Attack

Kenya said on Sunday its troops had killed  dozens of Shebab Islamists in raids inside Somalia after the execution of 28 non-Muslim people on a Kenyan bus.

There was no independent confirmation of the strikes in response to Saturday's attack by the al-Qaida-linked group near Mandera, a northeastern town near the Kenya-Somali border.

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Nigeria Security Agents Raid Opposition Office

Nigeria's main opposition party claimed on Sunday that security agents had ransacked its office in Lagos, arresting workers and seizing documents, in the latest flareup ahead of February elections.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) said 28 workers were arrested during the raid on its data center in Lagos early Saturday, which the party likened to the Watergate burglary in the United States in the 1970s.

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Teenage Cadets Swear Allegiance to Ukraine Rebel State

Not long ago, the cadets at the military academy in east Ukraine's industrial hub of Donetsk swore allegiance to the Ukrainian flag.

Now, as fighting rumbles on between between pro-Russian insurgents and government forces, they are pledging an oath of loyalty to the rebels' self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR).

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Putin Breaks Silence on Family to Say Daughters Live in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is fiercely protective of his private life, said Sunday that his two daughters -- who had reportedly lived abroad with their foreign partners -- now live in Moscow.

In a rare glimpse into the Russian ruler's notoriously secretive family life, Putin told the TASS news agency he tries to meet his daughters Maria, 29, nicknamed Masha, and Yekaterina, 28, known as Katya, every month.

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Obama Says 'Significant Gaps' Remain in Iran Nuclear Talks

U.S. President Barack Obama warns that "significant gaps" remain with Iran over its disputed nuclear program, as a deadline for a deal looms large.

Iran and world powers, including Washington, engaged Sunday in a diplomatic blitz less than 36 hours before the cutoff time for an agreement, with officials on both sides insisting they were still pulling out all the stops in the Vienna talks.

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Obama Says U.S. Voters Crave 'That New Car Smell'

Barack Obama says voters in the United States are going to want "that new car smell" when the 2016 presidential campaign comes along to choose his successor.

Obama's former secretary of state Hillary Clinton is strongly fancied to run on the Democratic ticket for the White House, although she has repeatedly refused to confirm she wants to do so.

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In Darfur Village, Sudan Probes Claims of 'Mass Rape'

Beneath one of the thorny trees dotting the village of Tabit, Darfur's prosecutor general sat interviewing women about a report Sudanese troops arrived last month and carried out a mass rape.

Dressed in his suit despite the 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) heat, Yasir Ahmed Mohamed took notes at a table as a woman wearing a brightly colored robe talked to him. Nearby 10 others waited in line for their turn with the prosecutor.

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