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Reports: Six Dead as Plane Crashes in Russia

At least six crew members, including two citizens of Myanmar, died when a plane they were testing crashed in central Russia on Saturday, Russian news agencies reported.

Six crew members died when the AN-148 plane crashed and burst into flames on Saturday morning around 160 kilometers east of the city of Belgorod, the emergency ministry said in a statement, citing preliminary data.

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Pakistani Mosque Blast Kills 9, Injures 30

A bomb attack on a mosque in militant-infested northwest Pakistan killed at least nine people and wounded around 30 more as it ripped through Friday prayers, police and medics said.

Hundreds of people were coming out of the mosque when the blast occurred, police said, adding that the bomb had been planted inside the building near the town of Nowshera.

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50 Killed in Ivory Coast Violence in a Week, Says U.N.

Fifty people have been killed in Ivory Coast violence over the past week, including 26 in an Abidjan district that has witnessed fierce clashes, the U.N. mission said here Thursday.

"Fifty people have been killed in a week," a U.N. mission official told Agence France Presse of bloodshed in violence since mid-December linked to a dispute over the results of the November presidential election.

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Germany Suspects 'Islamist Motivation' behind Attack on U.S. Airmen

German federal prosecutors said Thursday they suspected an "Islamist motivation" was behind the fatal shooting of two U.S. airmen on a military bus at Frankfurt airport.

"In view of the circumstances, there is a suspicion that this was an act with Islamist motivation," prosecutors said, as police questioned a 21-year-old suspect of Kosovan origin arrested after Wednesday's attack.

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Turkish Police Raid Homes of Journalists over Plot to Topple the Government

Turkish police on Thursday raided the homes of several people, including journalists and a former intelligence officer, as part of a crackdown on an alleged secularist network accused of conspiring to topple the Islamic-rooted government.

The raids come two weeks after a court jailed three journalists of a dissident website Oda TV in the case. Critics say press freedom is under attack in the country and the United States has expressed concern over media freedom. But Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has denied any government attempt to silence journalists.

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Nine People Killed in Suicide Car Bomb in Pakistan

A suicide car bomb targeting police killed at least nine people and wounded 31 others in a troubled northwestern Pakistani town on Thursday, police said.

"The bomber ... blew himself up when a police patrol went close to the car for a security check in Hangu town," senior local police official Abdul Rasheed told Agence France Presse.

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ICC Targets Gadhafi for Crimes against Humanity Amid Huge Evacuation Operations

Moammar Gadhafi and key aides will be probed over allegations they committed crimes against humanity while fending off the uprising in Libya, the International Criminal Court's prosecutor said Thursday.

"We have identified some individuals with de facto or formal authority, who have authority over the security forces," that have clamped down on a rebellion that started on February 15, Luis Moreno-Ocampo told journalists in The Hague.

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Two U.S. Airmen Shot Dead at Frankfurt Airport

A lone gunman killed two U.S. airmen Wednesday and seriously injured two more in an attack on their bus at Frankfurt airport in Germany, local authorities and the U.S. military said.

"Two airmen have been killed and two were wounded during a shooting incident today at Frankfurt International Airport," the U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) said in a statement.

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Gunmen Kill Pakistan Minority Minister

Gunmen shot dead Pakistan's minority affairs minister in Islamabad Wednesday, police and a hospital doctor said, after the Christian politician had complained of death threats.

Shahbaz Bhatti, a Catholic, had been a vocal opponent of Pakistan's controversial blasphemy law. His death comes two months after the governor of Punjab province, who also campaigned against the law, was assassinated.

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Germany’s ‘Baron Cut-And-Paste’ Quits

Germany's popular defense minister quit Tuesday a week after being stripped of his doctorate for alleged plagiarism, depriving Chancellor Angela Merkel's government of its star performer.

"I give particular thanks to the chancellor for all the support she has given me and her great trust and understanding," Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg told a hastily convened news conference in Berlin.

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