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Southern Russia reels from floods as toll climbs to 146

KRASNODAR, KRYMSK (RUSSIA): Russia is reeling from devastating flash floods in its southern Krasnodar region where at least 146 people were killed and 29,000 remained without power in the region's worst natural disaster in history.

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Bomb scare hits rail services in Bangladesh

DHAKA: A box-like object triggered a bomb scare today in Dinajpur, along the border with India’s West Bengal state, disrupting railway services on two routes in northwest Bangladesh.

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Pak police seize 2,000-yr-old Buddhist relics of Gandhara era

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani police have seized a large number of 2,000-year-old Buddhist artefacts and relics dating from the Gandhara era and arrested two men who were allegedly trying to smuggle the items out of the country.
The items were found when police searched a container truck in the southern port city of Karachi yesterday. 

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Running of the bulls begins in Spain

PAMPLONA, SPAIN: Tens of thousands of revelers showered each other with sparkling wine and waved red kerchiefs Friday as the blast of a small rocket signaled the start of this year’s running of the bulls.

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Libyans vote in 1st election after Gadhafi

TRIPOLI: Libyans started voting on Saturday in the first parliamentary election since last year’s ouster and slaying of long-time dictator Moammar Gadhafi, with jubilation at this major step towards democracy after decades of erratic one-man rule tempered by boycott calls and violence in the country’s restive east.

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US drone strike kills 21 militants in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: A US drone targeted a militant compound in the restive North Waziristan tribal region, killing at least 21 insurgents in the first such attack since Pakistan reopened NATO supply routes to Afghanistan.

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US designates Afghanistan as major ally: Clinton

KABUL: The United States has designated Afghanistan a major non-NATO ally, giving the war-torn country special privileges as the US prepares to pull its troops out in 2014, Secretary of State, Ms Hillary Clinton said on Saturday.

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Syria fighting spills into Lebanon

BEIRUT: Syria’s conflict spilled further into Lebanon on Saturday when mortar fire from government forces crashed into villages in the north, killing two women and a man after rebels crossed the border for refuge, residents said.

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Top general defects as West asks Assad to step down

PARIS: The Secretary of State, Ms Hillary Rodham Clinton shakes hands with the French President, Mr Francois Hollande, right, as the German Foreign Minister, Mr Guido Westerwelle, left, looks on during the "Friends of Syria" conference in Paris on Friday.

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