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New Strong Quakes Hit New Zealand’s Stricken City

A series of strong quakes, including a 6.0-magnitude tremor, rocked New Zealand's stricken Christchurch Monday, causing one building to collapse and prompting evacuations.

Power company Orion said electricity had been cut to 54,000 homes. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the latest quake at a depth of nine kilometers and some 14 kilometers from the country's second largest city.

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Turkey's Ruling Party in Landslide Poll Win

Turkey's ruling Islamist-rooted party clinched a record landslide in Sunday's parliamentary polls but appeared short of the two-thirds majority it needs to rewrite the constitution, unofficial results showed.

With more than 95 percent of the vote counted, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) was leading with 50.3 percent of the vote for a third straight win, according to results on CNN Turk television.

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Chile’s Volcano Ash Grounds Australia, New Zealand Flights

Ash from Chile's volcanic eruptions prompted Australian airlines to ground some domestic services and flights to New Zealand Sunday, stranding thousands of people after plumes drifted across the Pacific.

Strong winds have carried the ash clouds some 9,400 kilometers (5,800 miles) across the Pacific Ocean to New Zealand since Chile's Puyehue volcano erupted more than a week ago, and they are now entering Australian airspace.

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Fresh Blast at Ikea Store in Germany

An explosive device went off in an Ikea furniture store in the East German city of Dresden late Friday, slightly injuring one person, a police spokesman told Agence France Presse Saturday.

At the end of May several small booby-trapped packages exploded in Ikea stores in France, Belgium and The Netherlands, with no claim of responsibility.

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Bomber Targets Government Building in North China

Two people were injured in a suspected revenge bombing at a government building in China, state media said Saturday, the second such attack attributed to disgruntled locals in recent weeks.

The detained suspect, a man surnamed Liu, allegedly set off the explosion in the northern city of Tianjin on Friday out of "revenge against society," Xinhua news agency reported.

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Cambodia Slams Thai 'Spy' Arrests

Cambodia has accused Thailand of "deceitful fabrication" after Thai police arrested three men on suspicion of spying near the neighbors’ disputed border.

"The Royal Government of Cambodia wishes to assert that the above fabrication is only a pretext to justify future aggression against Cambodia," said a foreign ministry statement released on Friday.

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Blasts Kill 20 in Afghan Flashpoints

A series of bombs and explosions killed 20 people in Afghanistan's southern and eastern flashpoints on Saturday, among them at least eight children and four women, government officials said.

In the deadliest attack, a vehicle hit a mine in Arghandab district of the southern province of Kandahar, one of the main battlegrounds in the nearly 10-year Taliban-led insurgency against the Kabul government and NATO troops.

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Afghan Police Commander Killed in Suicide Attack

A suicide bomber on Saturday killed three people including the commander of a provincial Afghan police rapid reaction force and wounded 12 others, officials said.

The attacker blew himself up in front of the police unit's base in the eastern province of Khost on Saturday morning, Khost deputy police chief Mohammad Yahqoob Mandozai told Agence France Presse.

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Somali Interior Minister Dies in Suicide Attack, Allegedly by Niece

An explosion Friday in the home of Somalia's interior minister killed him and a woman suspected of being a bomber as violent demonstrations swept the capital.

Interior Minister Abdishakur Sheik Hassan, who also was minister for national security, died after shrapnel hit his legs and other parts of his body, said Ministry of Information spokesman Abdifatah Abdinur.

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Karzai Heads to Pakistan to Boost Peace Efforts with Taliban

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Friday flew into Pakistan for talks likely to focus on stepping up efforts to broker peace with the Taliban after nearly a decade of conflict in both countries.

He is the first head of state to visit since U.S. Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad on May 2, which has heightened calls within the United States for a peace settlement in Afghanistan.

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