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Senior Brotherhood Member among 9 Dead in Cairo Police Raid

Senior Muslim Brotherhood member Nasser al-Houfi was among nine men killed on Wednesday in an Egyptian police raid on an apartment in Cairo, a lawyer for the group told AFP.

"Houfi's family is on its way to pick up the body," the lawyer said.

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Pro-Erdogan Candidate Voted Turkey's New Parliament Speaker

The defense minister from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party, which lost its majority in recent elections, was elected parliament speaker Wednesday, in a vote seen as a key barometer of the country's politics.

Ismet Yilmaz was elected speaker in the fourth and final round of voting with support from 258 deputies -- all from his Justice and Development Party (AKP) -- in the 550-seat parliament.

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NATO Navies Should Beef up against Russia, Say Commanders

NATO should beef up its maritime arm in response to the rising threat from an increasingly "bold" and "aggressive" Russia, commanders said on Wednesday.

The 28-member defense alliance's naval forces have in recent years focused on issues such as counter-terrorism and piracy, but speakers at a London conference said the group needed to prepare more to counter Russian military ambitions.

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Ukraine Leader Lays out Vision of New War-Time Constitution

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday proposed constitutional changes designed to give broader powers to the regions, but failed to address the demands of pro-Russian fighters in the separatist east.

Poroshenko's new vision of the ex-Soviet state's basic law would trim presidential power over the provinces and extend to local towns and councils the right to oversee how their tax revenues are spent.

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Pakistan Claims Killing of Key al-Qaida Commander

Pakistani officials Wednesday said they had killed a senior al-Qaida commander and three other militants in a raid earlier this week in eastern Punjab province.

Pakistani police and counter-terrorism forces raided a house in Ferozewala town, 18 kilometers (11 miles) north of the provincial capital Lahore early Monday, killing four alleged militants and capturing two.

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Mali Kills Three Jihadis in Ivorian-Backed Operation

Malian soldiers killed three jihadis Wednesday during a search operation backed by Ivorian and United Nations troops at the site of an attack near its southern border, security sources said.

Public and police buildings were ransacked in the town of Fakola, 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Ivory Coast, on Sunday in an attack claimed by the Islamist militia Ansar Dine.

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Bulgarian Imam Jailed for Spreading Islamist Propaganda

A controversial Bulgarian imam was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday for propagating "anti-democratic ideals" and inciting hatred on religious grounds.

Ahmed Moussa Ahmed is the only one of 13 Muslim clerics charged with spreading radical Islamist propaganda to be sentenced to prison.

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Obama to Unveil Deal with Cuba to Reopen Embassies

U.S. President Barack Obama was set to announce on Wednesday a landmark deal to re-establish full diplomatic relations with Cuba, severed 54 years ago in the angry heat of the Cold War.

Obama will unveil plans for the re-opening of the U.S. embassy in Havana and Cuba's embassy in Washington, marking a major foreign policy win for his presidency.

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Failed Suicide Attack in NE Nigeria Leaves Two Dead

A man and a woman apparently trying to target a hospital in northeast Nigeria were killed Wednesday when explosives strapped to their bodies blew up, witnesses said.

The explosions took place in the village of Molai not far from the restive city of Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, where Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo was on a surprise visit.

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Afghan Army General Arrested for Trafficking Heroin

An Afghan army general has been arrested by police for trafficking around 19 kilograms (41 pounds) of heroin powder, officials said on Wednesday. 

Brigadier General Abdul Samad Habib, the head of the recruitment division for the Afghan army in northern Balkh province was taken into custody in Baghlan province on Tuesday, as he attempted to smuggle illegal drugs in his vehicle, defense ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri told AFP.

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