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Afghan Presidential Candidates Sign Unity Deal
Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept 21:  Afghanistan´s two presidential candidates signed a power-sharing deal Sunday, capped with a hug and a handshake, three months after a disputed runoff that threatened to plunge the country into turmoil and complicate the withdrawal of U.S. and foreign troops.

The incoming president — Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai — and Abdullah Abdullah signed the national unity government deal as President Hamid Karzai — in power since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion ousted the Taliban — looked on. The deal creates the new role of chief executive for Abdullah following weeks of negotiations on a power-sharing arrangement after accusations of fraud in the June runoff vote.
Explosion At North India Fireworks Factory Kills 5
ASSOCIATED PRESS
LUCKNOW, India, Sept 20: An explosion has ripped through a fireworks factory in northern India, killing five workers and injuring 20.

Senior police superintendent Praveen Kumar says the factory owner was among those killed in Saturday´s blast on the outskirts of Lucknow city, in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
Brown Credited With Turning Scot Independence Tide
Associated Press
KIRKCALDY, (Scotland), Sept 20: Dour. Grim. Downright uninspiring. When Gordon Brown ended a disappointing three years as British prime minister in 2010, few would have credited him as the man most likely to swing a popular vote ever again.
Philippine Storm Moves North, Leaves 5 Dead
Associated Press
MANILA, Philippines, Sept 20: A storm that brought torrential monsoon rains which flooded much of the Philippine capital gained strength and battered the country´s northernmost provinces Saturday with heavy downpours and strong winds.

The national disaster agency reported that more than half a million people were affected by Tropical Storm Fung-Wong in metropolitan Manila and nearby provinces, forcing close to 90,000 people to evacuate. At least five have been killed.
US, Canadian Jets Intercept 8 Russian Aircraft
ASSOCIATED PRESS
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, Sept 20: Two F-22 fighter jets intercepted six Russian military airplanes that neared the western coast of Alaska, military officials said Friday.

At about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, two Canadian CF-18 fighter jets intercepted two of the long-range bombers about 40 nautical miles (64 nautical kilometers) off the Canadian coastline in the Beaufort Sea.
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