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Kiev: Clashes between pro-government and anti-government protestors Friday in Ukraine's Black Sea city of Odessa have killed at least 43 people and injured 174, the government said.

Among the dead, mostly pro-Russia protestors, 30 were choked to death when radicals set fire on a trade union building, while eight others died from jumping out of windows of the burning building, Xinhua reported Saturday.

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Seoul: The number of confirmed deaths from the sinking of the Sewol ferry in South Korea has risen to 226 after five more bodies were recovered from the submerged ship Friday.

Divers continued trying to locate the bodies of the 72 people who are still missing.

Coast guard and navy divers, along with private divers, will Friday concentrate on the central and left sections of the fourth and fifth floors of the five-storey ship that have remained unexplored so far, rescue service personnel said.

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New York: The top UN envoy on Myanmar said the most pressing priority for Muslims in violence-torn Rakhine state, who are considered illegal immigrants, is to get on the path to citizenship.

Vijay Nambiar, the secretary-general's special adviser on Myanmar, warned in a speech yesterday to the International Peace Institute that unless this is done the security of the Rohingya Muslims will remain threatened, "and that is sure to affect the international reputation of the country."

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United Nations: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon Thursday urged both Israel and Palestine to exercise prudence and avoid unilateral steps that would "diminish the prospects" for the resumption of negotiations.

"It is incumbent upon the parties to convince each other that they were partners for peace. The international community too must uphold its long-stated commitment to realising a comprehensive peace settlement," Xinhua quoted Ban as saying.

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Nairo: At least nine people have been killed in an apparent car bomb attack in the Nigerian capital Abuja, officials said.

The explosion happened in the suburb of Nyanya Thursday, BBC reported.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

The Islamist militant group Boko Haram has previously targeted locations in Abuja, the report said.

Most of Boko Haram's attacks have been in the north-east of Nigeria.

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Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said she will run for re-election in October with or without the support of allied parties now part of her ruling leftist coalition.

"I would like to have the support of my own allies when I run, but if I do not have their support, we will still go ahead," Xinhua quoted Rousseff as saying in a radio interview Wednesday.

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Brussels: The European Union (EU) Wednesday said it had deployed an election observation mission (EOM) to Egypt for its presidential elections scheduled May 26-27, in response to an invitation by local authorities.

The EU said in a statement that it had been calling for credible and transparent elections in Egypt, allowing for universal participation and carried out according to international standards, Xinhua reported.

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Egypt Justice Minister Nayer Osman

Cairo: Egypt has voiced rejection of the criticism of recent court verdicts of mass death sentences to the Muslim Brotherhood supporters, terming it "unacceptable interference" in judicial affairs.

"We reaffirm the independency of the Egyptian judiciary and reject any interference from anybody, whether it is a country or an organization," Justice Minister Nayer Osman said in a press conference Wednesday.

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Washington: Two Sikh and Muslim groups have filed complaints alleging religious discrimination against a California amusement park after a couple of families wearing religious headgear were denied access to riding go-karts due to "safety concerns".

The complaints were filed Tuesday with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) against Boomers!, which is owned by Newport Beach-based Palace Entertainment, according to CBS Local.

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Bangkok: The Thai caretaker government Wednesday agreed with the Election Commission (EC) to hold new general elections July 20.

The agreement was reached during talks between the government and EC at the Royal Thai Air Force Academy, Xinhua reported.

The government agreed with all EC proposals during the meeting, EC Chairman Supachai Somcharoen said.

The EC will meet next Tuesday to draft a royal decree on the new election date, which will then be issued by the government.

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