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Eleven people are killed in clashes between the rival al-Shabaab and Ahlu Sunna Waljama'a groups in central Somalia.

A police officer dies in hospital after a suspected militant attack in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Dagestan.

A US drone attack kills at least three suspected militants and destroys their vehicle in the North Waziristan district of Pakistan.

Islamabad, Nov 19 (IANS) At least three suspected militants were killed in a US drone strike Friday in Pakistans North Waziristan district along the Afghan...

Responding to Palestinians firing phosphorus shells and mortars into Israel, the Israel Air Force bombs at least two targets in the Gaza Strip and will file a complaint with the UN. The Salah al-Din Brigades claim responsibility, saying the rockets were responding to the killing of two members of the al-Qaida affiliated Army of Islam in Gaza.

Israeli warplanes raided at leasttwo targets in the Gaza Strip on Friday, Palestinian witnessesand Hamas officials said.

The U.S. military is sending M1 Abrams tanks to Afghanistan for the first time in the nine-year war in Afghanistan.

Germany says the laptop bag containing an explosive simulation training device found at Namibia's main airport during loading of a flight to Munich was part of a security test, a day after German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere issued a warning of possible terror attacks next week.

A dummy bomb that sparked an international terror alert was made by an 80-year-old Calif. grandmother and was discarded in an Namibia airport because of "a boo boo," NBC reported.

United States federal judge William Terrell Hodges orders actor Wesley Snipes to surrender to authorities so that he can start a three year sentence for tax-related crimes.

Twenty-nine coal miners and officials are feared trapped following an explosion at the Pike River Coal Processing Plant at Atarau in the Grey District of the South Island of New Zealand.

More details of the missing miners emerge as police wait until it is safe to begin the rescue operation.

The cholera epidemic which has killed more than 1,100 people in Haiti spreads to the largest prison in the country.

Residents of Los Angeles come under attack from rabid bats carrying a deadly disease.

Los Angeles county health officials issue a warning to residents telling them to be on the lookout for rabid bats, after a rise in the numbers found.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin takes part in a limited attendance meeting of the EurAsEC Interstate Council.

France rejects a demand by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb to leave Afghanistan in return for the freeing of French and African hostages kidnapped in Niger.

Paris says its foreign policy will not be dictated by others after al-Qaeda demanded that its troops leave Afghanistan.

India summons the Iranian charge d'affaires to protest against remarks by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei regarding Kashmir. It also abstains on a vote on Iranian human rights for the first time.

Angry at the critical statements by Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Kashmir, India on Friday summoned the charge d’affaires of the Iranian embassy on Friday to lodge a formal protest.

NATO members meet in Lisbon, Portugal, to discuss progress in the War in Afghanistan and relations with Russia.

Nato members meet in Lisbon for a crucial summit, with a timetable for handing security to Afghan forces topping the agenda.

The UN General Assembly's human rights committee criticizes Iran for human rights abuses; Iranian diplomat Mohammad-Javad Larijani calls the UN censure a "politicization" of human rights.

Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, says that cultural genocide is taking place in Tibet, particularly in light of the Chinese authority's requirement of Mandarin as the language of instruction in schools in Tibet.

Demonstrators outside the Saudi embassy in Jakarta demand justice for migrant workers after a Saudi Arabian employer kills an Indonesian maid and another maid was severely beaten by her Saudi employer; the Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa summons the Saudi Arabian ambassador to protest.

Panama grants asylum to Maria del Pilar Hurtado, the former head of Colombia's Administrative Department of Security wanted for allegedly illegal wiretapping.

Major fishing nations meet in Paris to discuss quota limits for fishing of the critically endangered Atlantic bluefin tuna; many nations are urging that lower fishing rates are needed.

Fishing nations came under fresh pressure on Friday to cut Atlantic bluefin tuna quotas as negotiators got into the thick of annual wrangling over limits at talks in Paris.

The Cook Islands Party wins a majority of seats in the Cook Islands general election, defeating the incumbent Democratic Party. Henry Puna will become the next Prime Minister.

The Democratic Party which has dominated Cook Islands politics for the last decade has lost its grip on power in the Pacific nation.

Hundreds of people demonstrate in Malawi against a pension bill that would raise the retirement age of women to 55, and 60 for men.

Anti-government red shirt protesters return to the streets in Thailand.

Mahinda Rajapakse is sworn in for a second term as President of Sri Lanka in Colombo.

British Conservative Party politician Lord Young resigns as the coalition government's enterprise adviser after claiming that most Britons "have never had it so good" in spite of the recession.