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U.S.-led air strikes killed 521 fighters, 32 civilians in Syria: monitor

BEIRUT - Air strikes by U.S.-led forces have killed 521 Islamist fighters and 32 civilians during a month-long campaign in Syria, a monitoring group which tracks the violence said on Thursday.

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Eight Pakistani Shi'ites killed in sectarian attack

QUETTA Pakistan - Eight Shi'ite members of Pakistan's ethnic Hazara minority were killed and one wounded on Thursday, after gunmen opened fire on a bus in the volatile province of Baluchistan, police said.

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Don't prejudge Egypt's new draft NGO law, says minister

CAIRO - Egypt's minister of social solidarity has urged civil society groups not to prejudge a new draft law for non-government organizations (NGOs), which they fear will roll back freedoms won in the 2011 uprising and could threaten their existence.

United Nations 11:40am EDT

Tunisian policeman killed in pre-election clash with militants

OUED ELLIL Tunisia - A Tunisian policeman was killed and another wounded on Thursday when security forces clashed with Islamist militants on the outskirts of Tunis, three days before parliamentary elections which voters hope will help them advance towards full democracy.

Tunisia 11:45am EDT

Ukrainian PM warns Russia may try to disrupt Sunday's election

KIEV - Ukraine's prime minister warned on Thursday of possible attempts by Russia to disrupt an election in Ukraine at the weekend, a vote being held against a background of Russian support for separatists and an unresolved row over gas.

Russia 10:59am EDT

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