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Suicide bomber strikes Saudi Shi'ite mosque, many dead or wounded

DUBAI - A suicide bomber blew himself up at a Shi'ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia during Friday prayers, residents said, killing around 20 people and wounding more than 50, local residents and a hospital officials said.

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Stretched Afghan army falls back on militias to help defend Kunduz

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan/KABUL - The Afghan government has enlisted hundreds of militia fighters controlled by local commanders to battle Taliban militants near the northern city of Kunduz, officials said, underlining how the armed forces are struggling to tackle the insurgency alone.

Afghanistan 6:47am EDT

Netherlands plans to ban full-face veil in public places

AMSTERDAM - The Dutch government on Friday agreed to introduce a partial ban on the wearing of the full-face veil in public places, the Home Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

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Myanmar says finds more than 200 Bangladeshis in boat offshore

YANGON - Myanmar's navy has brought ashore 200 Bangladeshis found in a boat off its coast, after its military chief said some of the thousands of migrants that have landed in Malaysia and Indonesia this month are pretending to be Rohingya Muslims to get UN aid. | Video

U.N. panel adopts new rules on treatment of prisoners

VIENNA - A United Nations commission on Friday adopted revised rules on the treatment of prisoners in what human rights organizations hailed as a landmark deal to update 60-year-old international standards.

United Nations 11:23am EDT

British bomber jailed for life for murder of U.S. sergeant in Iraq

LONDON - A London taxi driver, convicted of making bombs which were used against U.S. forces in Iraq, one of which killed a U.S. sergeant, was jailed for life on Friday and told he would spend at least 38 years behind bars.

Iraq 9:45am EDT

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