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Death Toll from Indonesia Ship Accident Rises to 28

Rescuers on Tuesday plucked 10 more bodies from the waters after a passenger ship capsized off Indonesia's Borneo Island, raising the death toll from the accident to 28, an official said.

"Rescuers recovered 10 more bodies today so the number of people killed so far is 28. Some were trapped in the ship while others were found at sea," local port authority official Hariyono told Agence France Presse.

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U.S. Congressman Admits to Online-Phone Sex , Refuses to Resign

New York congressman Anthony Weiner wept, backtracked, and admitted he lied Monday about extramarital online and phone sex with several young women, but refused to leave his elected post.

Weiner called a nationally televised press conference to admit he had been in a string of lewd online relationships.

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U.S. Serial Killer Trial Opens with Jury Selection

Jury selection began Monday in the trial of an accused serial killer who kept the bodies of 11 women in and around his Ohio home for more than two years and blamed the stench on a nearby sausage factory.

Once a jury is empanelled, trial is expected to proceed in mid-June with opening statements in a gruesome case that broke on October 29, 2009 and had officials scrambling to explain why the crimes weren't discovered sooner.

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Next Hearing in Berlusconi 'Rubygate' Trial on June 14

The next hearing in Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's sex trial will take place on June 14, a Milan court ruled on Monday at a hearing not attended by the premier, media reported.

Prosecutors in the "Rubygate" affair, in which Berlusconi is accused of paying for sex with Moroccan-born Karima El Mahroug, better known as "Ruby the Heart Stealer", when she was 17, will respond to defense submissions on June 14.

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U.S. Says 'No Confirmation' Qaida's Kashmiri is Dead

The United States has had "no confirmation" that Pakistani al-Qaida commander Ilyas Kashmiri died in a drone strike last week, a U.S. defense official speaking on condition of anonymity said Monday.

A senior Pakistani security official said two days ago there were "strong indications" that Kashmiri -- who had a maximum US bounty of $5 million on his head -- had been killed in a U.S. drone strike last Friday.

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German Cabinet Passes Nuclear Exit Bill

The German cabinet signed off Monday on a bill phasing out nuclear power in Europe's biggest economy by 2022, prompted by the disaster in March at Japan's Fukushima plant.

"I am convinced that the government's decision today represents a milestone in the economic and social development of our country," Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen told reporters in Berlin.

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Ban to Launch Official re-Election Campaign

Ban Ki-moon's bid for a second term at the helm of the United Nations is expected to become official Monday when he formally announces his desire to stay on as secretary general, diplomats said.

With no declared rival for the post and none of the five permanent members of the Security Council opposing Ban, the 66-year-old former South Korean foreign minister is certain to get a new five-year term, envoys said.

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U.S. Drone Strikes Kill 18 in Pakistan

U.S. missiles killed 18 militants in Pakistan's tribal district of South Waziristan on Monday, destroying compounds and a vehicle in the deadliest drone strikes for months, officials said.

Three strikes were reported just days after Pakistani officials said they believed senior al-Qaida commander Ilyas Kashmiri had died in a similar attack late Friday, also in South Waziristan which borders Afghanistan.

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14 Dead, 21 Hurt in Pakistan Bakery Blast

At least 14 people were killed and more than 20 injured on Sunday when a bomb exploded in a bakery in northwest Pakistan, police and government officials said.

"It was a remote controlled bomb planted in a dustbin at the entrance of the bakery on the main Mall Road in the garrison town of Nowshera," Mian Iftikhar Hussain, the provincial information minister, told Agence France Presse.

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Two Foreign Troops Die in Afghanistan Chopper Crash

Three foreign troops were killed in Afghanistan Sunday, including two who died when their helicopter crashed in the east, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.

ISAF added that the cause of the crash was being investigated but there were no signs of enemy fire in the area at the time.

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