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Afghanistan says troops hold Kunduz square, calm returning

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Kabul, Oct 7 (AP) - Afghan troops have regained control of the main square in Kunduz, a strategic northern city briefly seized by Taliban insurgents last week that has been the scene of intense fighting, officials said Wednesday.

During the fight to retake the city, a U.S. airstrike destroyed a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders, killing at least 22 people. The international charity on Wednesday called for an independent fact-finding mission to determine whether the strike violated the...

Women suicide bombers kill 15 in mosque at govt estate

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Damaturu, Oct 7 (AP) - Two women suicide bombers killed 15 people, including themselves, early Wednesday in northeast Nigeria at a mosque in the compound of a government workers' housing estate and at another location there.

In a separate attack, the military said Boko Haram Islamic extremists...

Germany, France try to turn tide of European skepticism

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Strasbourg, Oct 7 (AP) - It's hard to imagine a tougher year for Europe's union. Pressure to pull the EU's 28 countries tighter together instead risks pushing it farther apart. So the most powerful proponents of European unity - the leaders of Germany and France - are trying to come to its...

Biden backing Asia trade pact despite union opposition

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Washington, Oct 7 (AP) - Labor unions are warning Vice President Joe Biden that his support for a major trade pact with Asia could make it difficult for them to support him if he runs for president.

A longtime favorite of unions, Biden has been skeptical of previous sweeping free trade deals...

US experts warn plutonium stocks could soar in East Asia

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xperts warn that Northeast Asia could see a dangerous growth in stocks of weapons-usable plutonium - and U.S. lawmakers say Obama administration policies could be making matters worse.

Japan plans to open as early as next spring a plant that could reprocess enough spent reactor fuel to make...

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