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Italy Votes For President After Renzi Shrugs Off Berlusconi

 Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's choice of a senior judge as his presidential candidate appears to have unified his fractious party, but it may spell an end to a reform pact sealed with rival Silvio Berlusconi.

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Rebel Envoy Says Travelling To Minsk For Talks With Russia, Ukraine, OSCE

 A representative of pro-Russian rebels said on Friday he was travelling to the Belarussian capital Minsk for talks with envoys from Kiev, Moscow and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, a separatist news agency reported.

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Russia Says Nuclear Arms To Keep Military Edge Over NATO, United States

The chief of Russia's armed forces said on Friday a strong nuclear arsenal will ensure military superiority over the West as Russia seeks to fulfil a multi-billion dollar plan to modernise its forces by 2020.

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Kurdish PM Says US-Led Coalition Against Islamic State Faces Long War

 Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani warned that despite victories in the war against Islamic State, the global coalition against the group was inadequate and predicted a campaign to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul would not happen before the fall.

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Syria Battle Between Al Qaeda And Western-Backed Group Spreads

 Fighting between the Syrian arm of al Qaeda and Western-backed rebels in northern Syria spread from Aleppo province into neighbouring Idlib on Friday, the rebel group and an organization monitoring the civil war said.

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Egypt's Sisi Cuts Short Ethiopia Visit After 30 Killed In Sinai

 Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi cut short a visit to Ethiopia for an African Union summit on Friday, after Islamic State's Egyptian wing claimed the killing of at least 30 security personnel in the Sinai Peninsula.

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Blast At Pakistan Shi'ite Mosque Kills 20; More Than 50 Hurt

 At least 20 people were killed on Friday when an explosion ripped through a crowded Shi'ite mosque in the Pakistani city of Shikarpur and left more than 50 injured, officials said.

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Man Who Forced His Way Into Dutch TV Station Had No Terrorist Links - Police

 A man who forced his way into the Dutch national broadcaster and demanded to go on live television had no known links to terrorist organisations and had acted alone, police said Friday.

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Philippine Leader Vows Justice For Police But Warns On Anger

 Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Friday promised justice for 44 policemen killed in a clash with Muslim rebels but, underscoring his calls for the violence not to derail peace efforts, warned against an angry response to the violence.

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China Vows No ‘Western Values’ In Universities

China’s education minister has vowed to ban university textbooks which promote “Western values”, state media said, in the latest sign of ideological tightening under President Xi Jinping.

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