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Pressure mounts on Pakistan leader to quit as protests continue

ISLAMABAD - Thousands of protesters massed outside the residence of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday to demand he step down, after efforts to find a negotiated solution to the country's political crisis failed.

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Lesotho's deputy premier takes reins after PM flees 'coup'

MASERU - Lesotho's Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing has taken charge of the government after the Prime Minister Thomas Thabane fled the country accusing the army of staging a coup, a minister said on Sunday.

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Car bomber, gunmen attack security site in Somali capital: police

MOGADISHU - A suicide car bomber rammed a national-intelligence facility in Somalia's capital on Sunday and gunmen then attacked the building, which is used to hold suspected militants a senior police officer said.

Africa 5:43am EDT

China slams door shut on full Hong Kong democracy in 2017 vote

BEIJING/HONG KONG - China's parliament said on Sunday it will tightly control the nomination of candidates for a landmark election in Hong Kong in 2017, a move likely to trigger mass protests in the city's Central business district by disappointed democracy activists.

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Turkish deputy PM Babacan to maintain oversight of economy: officials

ANKARA - Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan will retain overall responsibility for the economy in the new government, senior officials told Reuters late on Saturday, a move likely to ease concerns of a turf war within the cabinet.

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U.S. planes strike militants near Iraq's Amreli, airdrop aid

BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON - The United States carried out air strikes on Saturday against Islamic State fighters near the besieged Shi'ite town of Amerli in northern Iraq and airdropped humanitarian aid to civilians trapped there, the Pentagon said.

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