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More Afghan Poll aresults due as Abdullah in Small Lead

Afghanistan was set on Sunday to release further results from its presidential election after early counting put former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah ahead of his main rival Ashraf Ghani.

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said that the second batch of results would be declared at about 1230 GMT in the race to succeed President Hamid Karzai as U.S. troops withdraw from the country.

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Pope Leads Easter Celebrations Marred by Ukraine

Pope Francis celebrated Easter mass on Sunday with a message of social solidarity as the world's Orthodox marked a holiday marred by bitter divisions over Ukraine and clashes broke out in Jerusalem.

Francis led the ceremony for the holiest day in the Christian calendar on St Peter's Square, which will be followed by a special blessing and address to crowds of Catholic faithful in the famous Vatican piazza.

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Myanmar Army Says 22 Dead in Clashes with Rebels

Fighting between the military and ethnic minority rebels in northern Myanmar has left at least 22 people dead this month, the army said Sunday, dimming hopes of a nationwide peace deal.

Bloodshed in the state of Kachin, the scene of the last major active civil war in the former junta-ruled country, has uprooted tens of thousands of people and tempered optimism about sweeping political reforms.

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At Least 42 Dead in Pakistan Road Accident

At least 42 people were killed and 17 wounded in southern Pakistan Sunday when a bus travelling to Karachi collided with a tractor-trailer, police said.

The dead included 14 children and 13 women, they said.

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First Bodies Pulled from Submerged Korean Ferry

Divers retrieved the first bodies Sunday from inside the submerged South Korean ferry that capsized four days ago with hundreds of children on board, as families angered by the pace and focus of the rescue efforts scuffled with police.

Coastguard officials said 19 bodies had been removed from the ship which sank on Wednesday morning, pushing operations further along the painful transition from rescue to recovery and identification.

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Mega-Raid Nets 100 Suspects and 85 Weapons in Argentina

Around 100 suspects were arrested and 85 weapons seized when police conducted dozens of simultaneous raids in Buenos Aires province, Argentine authorities said Saturday.

The massive police operation in the southern edge of the capital comes amid a year-long public safety state of emergency declared this month by the governor of the province to fight a spike in violent crime and vigilante action against it.

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Pope Makes Call to Spread Faith at Easter Vigil

Pope Francis on Saturday called on Catholics to bring the message of God "to the very ends of the earth" during an Easter vigil mass in St Peter's Basilica.

Francis said the core of the Easter message was about returning to the basics of faith and asking: "Have I gone off on roads and paths which made me forget it?"

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Buses, Cars Burned in Brazil Protest against Police

Four buses, a truck and two cars were burned Saturday in Brazil when demonstrators took to the streets to protest the deaths of two young men during police actions.

The 17 and 21 year olds died Friday and Saturday in Niteroi, across the bay from Rio de Janeiro, local press reported.

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Japan Minister Visits Controversial War Shrine

A Japanese state minister visited a controversial war shrine in Tokyo Sunday in a move likely to anger China and South Korea which see it as a symbol of Japan's militarist past.

Keiji Furuya, chairman of the National Public Safety Commission, paid homage at the Yasukuni shrine in the morning ahead of its annual spring festival which runs from Monday to Wednesday.

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Fresh Tremor Rattles Papua New Guinea after 7.5 Quake

A fresh 6.1-magnitude tremor rattled Papua New Guinea's Bougainville island Sunday as officials scrambled for news of damage and casualties following a powerful earthquake overnight that sparked a tsunami alert.

The 7.5-magnitude quake struck 75 kilometres (47 miles) southwest of the town of Panguna on Bougainville at a depth of 30 kilometres around 11:30pm local time on Saturday.

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