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Suicide Bomber Kills 7 at Pakistan Bus Terminal

A teenage suicide bomber struck a bus terminal in northwest Pakistan on Monday, killing seven people in the sixth bomb attack in as many days to strike the nuclear-armed country, police said.

The bomb exploded in the small town of Jandol in the district of Lower Dir, 200 kilometers from the capital Islamabad. Pakistani troops fought a major offensive to expunge the Taliban from the area nearly two years ago.

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Japan Uses Color Dye to Trace Radioactive Leak

Emergency crew at Japan's tsunami-hit nuclear plant used a color dye Monday to trace the source of a radioactive leak as lower business confidence signaled the disaster's economic impact.

While round-the-clock work continued to prevent a wider catastrophe at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, Tokyo's officials at U.N. climate talks reportedly suggested Japan may have to back off ambitious targets to cut carbon emissions.

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Twin Suicide Attacks Kill 41 at Pakistan Sufi Shrine

A double suicide bomb attack outside a shrine in the central Pakistani province of Punjab on Sunday killed 41 people, a police officer told Agence France Presse from the scene of the blasts.

The bombers struck outside the shrine of the 13th century Sufi saint Ahmed Sultan, popularly known as Sakhi Sarwar, in Dera Ghazi Khan district.

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Peacekeepers Take Control of Airport in Abidjan

Peacekeepers have taken control of the airport in Abidjan as forces loyal to the country's rival presidents’ struggle for control of Ivory Coast's main city, the French military said Sunday.

France has also boosted its Licorne (Unicorn) peacekeeping mission in the cocoa-rich nation by 300 to around 1,400 troops, where part of their mission is to protect foreigners from attacks and looting amid rising insecurity.

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U.S. Demands Gbagbo Step Down 'Immediately'

The United States early Sunday called on Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo to step down immediately, saying he was pushing the West African nation into lawlessness.

"The United States calls on former President Laurent Gbagbo to step down immediately," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement.

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Gbagbo's Supporters Accused of Massacres in Ivory Coast

Mass graves have allegedly been found in western Ivory Coast as a picture emerged Saturday of carnage amid fierce post-election battles, which the ICRC said claimed 800 lives in a single day.

The government of internationally recognized president Alassane Ouattara said numerous mass graves had been found, "especially in Toulepleu, Blolequin and Guiglo, whose authors are none other than the loyal forces, mercenaries and militias of Laurent Gbagbo."

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Nigeria Postpones Parliament Vote

Nigerian officials have decided to postpone Saturday's parliament elections after organizational problems marred the start of the vote, the electoral commission chief announced.

"In order to maintain the integrity of the elections and retain effective overall control of the process, the commission has taken the very difficult but necessary decision to postpone the national assembly elections to Monday, April 4, 2011," Attahiru Jega told journalists.

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Nine Die in Afghan Quran Demo after U.N. Killings

Nine people were killed during protests in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Saturday against the burning of a Quran in the U.S., officials said.

The demonstration came a day after seven U.N. staff were killed in an attack on their office in similar protests in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

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Seven U.N. Staff Killed in Afghan Quran Protest

A mob enraged by a Quran burning in the U.S. stormed a U.N. compound in Afghanistan and killed seven staff, the worst attack on the world body in the country since the 2001 invasion.

Four Nepalese guards fought desperately against armed protesters Friday but were overwhelmed and died with three workers they were protecting at the compound in the normally relatively calm city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

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6.2 Magnitude Undersea Quake Rocks Southeastern Aegean

A 6.2-magnitude undersea quake rocked the southeastern Aegean Sea on Friday, the Athens geodynamic institute said, without any damage or injuries being immediately noted.

The quake struck at 16:29 pm (13:29 GMT) near the Aegean island of Karpathos, an institute seismologist told Agence France Presse.

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