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Afghan Parliament Approves US, NATO Agreements
Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan, nov 23: Afghanistan´s parliament has approved a bilateral security agreement between Kabul and Washington allowing international troops to remain in the country past the end of this year.

Parliament also ratified a separate troop agreement with NATO in a special session Sunday.
Homes Collapse, 39 Injured In Japan Earthquake
Associated Press
TOKYO, Nov 23: Helicopter surveys on Sunday showed more extensive damage than earlier thought from an overnight earthquake in the mountainous central Japan area that hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics.

More than half a dozen homes were destroyed in a ski resort town, and at least 39 people were injured across the region, including seven seriously, mostly with broken bones, officials said.
Strong Quake Hits West China's Sichuan Province
ASSOCIATED PRESS
BEIJING, Nov 22: A strong earthquake struck a lightly populated, mountainous area of western China on Saturday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake´s preliminary magnitude was 5.8, with a depth of 9.8 kilometers (6.1 miles), capable of causing major damage under certain conditions. It struck about 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the town of Kangding in Sichuan province at 4:55 p.m. local time (0855 GMT).
Plague Outbreak Kills 40 People In Madagascar
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JOHANNESBURG, Nov 22: The World Health Organization says 40 people have died from the plague in Madagascar.

WHO said 119 people have been diagnosed with the bacterial disease since August, with two cases found in the densely populated capital, Antananarivo.
Police: Al-Shabab Militants Kill 28 In Kenya Bus
Associated Press
NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 22:  Police officials say al-Shabab militants from Somalia have hijacked a bus in northern Kenya and killed 28 non-Muslims on board.

The two police officers said Saturday that the bus traveling to the capital Nairobi was hijacked 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Mandera town. The officers say the gunmen singled out non-Muslims and shot them dead.
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