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Pakistan denounces U.S. strike targeting Taliban chief

Pakistan denounces US drone strikeThe Pakistani government on Sunday denounced a U.S. drone strike that killed Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, saying the attack violated Pakistan's sovereignty and stressing that peace can be attained only through negotiation.

Afghan and Taliban leaders confirmed Sunday that Mansoor was killed in the strike the previous day near the Afghan border.

Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah tweeted that Mansoor was killed Saturday in a drone strike in Quetta, Pakistan. His car was attacked in Dahl Bandin," Abdullah said in the tweet.

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Sri Lanka Floods Kill At Least 71

Sri Lank floodsAt least 71 people have died following days of torrential rains and mudslides in Sri Lanka, officials said.

Rescuers are searching for 127 others reported missing after mud and rock buried residential areas, the nation's Disaster Management Center said. The rains and floods have hit most parts of the nation all week.

The death toll is expected to go up as rescue teams reach some of the worst-hit areas, authorities said.

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Obama arrives in Vietnam to start three-day visit

Obama arrives in VietnamU.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Vietnam on Sunday for a three-day trip aimed at strengthening defense and economic ties with a former enemy that has become a key focus of Washington's Asia "rebalance" strategy.

Obama's jet, Air Force One, arrived late in the evening in the capital Hanoi, where he will meet the communist country's leadership triumvirate of party chief, president and prime minister.

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Austria may elect EU's first far-right head of state

Austria may elect extreme right wing PMAustria could elect the European Union's first far-right head of state, with support for Freedom Party (FPO) candidate Norbert Hofer buoyed by security and employment fears sparked by the refugee crisis.

Opinion polls suggest Sunday's presidential race between Hofer and former Greens leader Alexander van der Bellen will be close. A far-right victory would resonate throughout the 28-member bloc where refugee flows driven by conflict in the Middle East and Africa have become a major political issue.

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Church of England 'could accept clergy in same-sex marriages' following historic vote in Scotland

Church of England could accept clergy in same sex relationshipsThe Church of England could accept clergy and church officials who are in same-sex marriages, it was suggested today after a historic vote in Scotland opened the door for change.

Officials south of the border are facing “increasing pressure” after the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland voted to extend the law that permits ministers to be in same-sex civil partnerships.

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Data from EgyptAir Flight MS804 indicates in-flight fire

Egypt Air debrisData transmitted by EgyptAir Flight MS804 suggests that some kind of fire started aboard the missing jetliner before it dropped from radar screens, authorities said Friday.

AvHerald.com first reported Friday that the data shows smoke was detected in a bathroom near the cockpit. NBC News reported that it had confirmed the system alerts.

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Unaoil Middleman Paid Millions To Influence Iraqi Officials Had U.S. Ties

Ubaio middleman paid millions for influence in IraqA middleman who received millions of dollars from Unaoil — a Monaco-based firm now at the center of an international bribery scandal — in return for improperly influencing officials in U.S.-occupied Iraq was also operating businesses in America.

He did all this under the nose of the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI — for years, without getting caught.

It’s a reminder just how difficult it is for law enforcement to detect and stop corruption.

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