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Mali Government Signs Peace Deal, Tuareg Rebels Delay

The Malian government signed a peace agreement with some northern armed groups on Sunday but the main Tuareg rebel alliance asked for more time to consult its grassroots.

The deal, hammered out in eight months of tough negotiations in neighboring Algeria, provides for the transfer of a raft of powers from Bamako to the north, an area the size of Texas that the rebels refer to as "Azawad".

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U.N. Fears Hundreds of Children Kidnapped in South Sudan

The U.N. children's agency said Sunday it fears hundreds of boys were kidnapped last month in the northeast of South Sudan, raising suspicions that the abductors were from a pro-government militia.

Last week UNICEF had estimated that 89 boys, some as young as 13, were abducted by an armed group in Wau Shilluk, a riverside town in government-held territory within oil-rich Upper Nile state.

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German City of Bremen on Heightened Terror Alert

German police said Sunday they have temporarily detained two people and searched an Islamic cultural center amid a weekend terrorism alert in the northern city of Bremen.

Police stood guard at key locations, including the town hall, main church and a synagogue, for a second day following a federal police warning issued Friday about possible Islamist terrorist activity.

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Reports: 'Jihadi John' Relatives under Watch in Kuwait

Kuwaiti authorities are closely monitoring several relatives of "Jihadi John" who live and work in the Gulf emirate where the Islamic State executioner was born, press reports said on Sunday.

A number of relatives of Mohammed Emwazi, named as the militant who has beheaded at least five Western hostages, are working in Kuwait and like him hold British citizenship, Al-Qabas newspaper reported.

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India's Ruling Hindu Party Shares Power in Muslim-Majority Kashmir

India's ruling Hindu nationalist party was Sunday sworn into government in the country's only Muslim-majority state for the first time after an historic power-sharing deal with a bitter regional rival.

Narendra Modi hailed the partnership between his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the People's Democratic Party (PDP) as a chance to fulfill the aspirations of a region which has endured a sporadic revolt against Indian rule since 1989.

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Prince William Travels to Tsunami-Hit Northeast Japan

Britain's Prince William on Sunday made a pilgrimage to port communities devastated by a huge tsunami that hit Japan in 2011, receiving origami paper cranes from survivors before the fourth anniversary of the disaster.

Winding up his first trip to the country, the second-in-line to the British throne visited the northeastern city of Ishinomaki, one of the areas hardest hit by the gigantic waves which killed around 19,000 people.

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Thousands to Join March over Slain Russian Opposition Leader

Thousands of Russians prepared Sunday to march through central Moscow in memory of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov who was gunned down near the Kremlin in the highest-profile assassination of Vladimir Putin's rule.

Friday's murder of the 55-year-old former first deputy prime minister under Boris Yeltsin came ahead of a major opposition rally he had planned to lead. It plunged his shocked supporters into mourning, and prompted international condemnation led by U.S. President Barack Obama.

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Rebel Deminers Comb Ukraine Battleground Town

A week since pro-Russian rebels forced Ukrainian soldiers from the key transport hub of Debaltseve, the sound of explosions still reverberates around the eastern town.

This, however, is not the boom of artillery fire and combat -- it is teams of Cossack deminers from the separatist side blowing up mines and unexploded ordnance littering this war-scarred railway junction.

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Estonians Vote under Shadow of Resurgent Russia

Estonians voted Sunday in an election marked by jitters over a militarily resurgent Russia and a popular pro-Kremlin party, with the security conscious center-left coalition tipped for a return to power.

Moscow's annexation of Crimea last year and its meddling in eastern Ukraine have galvanized the European Union, including this eurozone member of 1.3 million people, a quarter of whom are ethnic Russian.

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Two Killed as Clashes Threaten Fragile Ukraine Truce

Two people have been killed by shelling in east Ukraine as isolated clashes rattled a shaky truce with pro-Russian rebels and observers warned the country was at a "crossroads".

Photographer Sergiy Nikolayev from Ukrainian daily Segodnya died after getting caught in fighting at a flashpoint village close to the fiercely-contested Donetsk airport, the newspaper said in a statement.

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