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Russian police detain opposition leader, hundreds of protesters

MOSCOW/YEKATERINBURG, Russia Police detained hundreds of protesters across Russia on Sunday, including opposition leader Alexei Navalny, after thousands took to the streets to demonstrate against corruption and demand the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. | Video

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Thousands flee as Cyclone Debbie bears down on Australia

SYDNEY Thousands of Australians abandoned their homes as a powerful cyclone bore down on coastal towns in Queensland on Monday, while others ignored authorities' advice to evacuate with winds forecast to reach up to 300 km per hour (185 mph).

Environment, Australia 12:29am EDT

Philippines rescues three Malaysians held hostage by Abu Sayyaf

MANILA Philippine troops have rescued three Malaysians held captive by Abu Sayyaf rebels, the military said on Monday, the second such operation in four days as security forces step up offensives against the notorious Islamist group.

1:07am EDT

Eight feared dead as avalanche hits Japanese students

TOKYO Eight people are feared dead and two were in critical condition on Monday after an avalanche hit a group of high school students and teachers climbing in central Japan.

Environment, Japan 3:02am EDT

Pakistan says starts fencing Afghanistan border in 'high-threat zones'

ISLAMABAD Pakistan has begun building a fence on its disputed 2,500 km (1,500 mile) border with Afghanistan to prevent incursions by militants, Pakistan's army chief said, in a move likely to further strain relations between the two countries.

Afghanistan 3:00am EDT

Spanish minister says government will have enough support on budget

MADRID Spanish budget minister Cristobal Montoro said on Monday he was convinced his centre-right minority government would garner enough support from opposition parties to approve budget plans for this year.

3:40am EDT

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