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Nine killed as gunmen storm luxury hotel in Libyan capital

TRIPOLI - Heavily armed gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Tripoli favored by Libyan officials and visiting delegations on Tuesday, killing at least nine people, including foreigners, before blowing themselves up with a grenade. | Video

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Australian court rules detention of Sri Lankan asylum seekers on high seas lawful

SYDNEY - Australia's highest court ruled on Wednesday that the government's detention of Tamil asylum seekers on the high seas outside its territorial waters was lawful, a win for the government's controversial immigration policies.

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In Russia, crisis deepens slide in living standards for pensioners

MOSCOW - For Boris Lisitsyn, Russia's financial crisis means less meat, cheese and sausage - hardships the 86-year-old says won't kill him anytime soon.

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Embattled Australia PM Abbott vows to consult more after Prince Philip furore

SYDNEY - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday he would take criticism of his decision to grant Britain's Prince Philip a knighthood "on the chin", promising greater consultation as speculation about his future as leader mounted.

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El Salvador gang leaders seek talks with government over violence

SAN SALVADOR - Leaders of El Salvador's main street gangs on Tuesday urged the government to begin a dialogue to reduce violence and tone down its tough stance against their members after the vice president said police could open fire on them if necessary.

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Moscow says North Korea leader Kim Jong Un confirms Russia visit: Yonhap

SEOUL - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has confirmed his attendance at Russia's celebrations in May marking the Soviet victory over Germany in World War Two, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said on Wednesday quoting a Kremlin spokesman.

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