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  Syria To Hold Presidential Election On June 3
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    DAMASCUS, Syria, April 2:  Syria will hold presidential elections on June 3, the country´s parliament speaker said Monday, a vote President Bashar Assad is likely to contest as his nation sinks deeper into a bloody civil war, now in its fourth year.

The announcement came just hours after a pair of mortar shells struck some 100 meters (320 feet) from the parliament building in central Damascus, killing five people, according to state TV.

 
  Suicide Attack In Iraq Kills At Least 9 People
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    BAGHDAD, April 21: Iraqi officials say a suicide attack targeting a police checkpoint outside the capital, Baghdad, has killed at least nine people.

A police officer says the bomber drove an explosives-laden car into the checkpoint in the town of Suwayrah, killing four policemen and five civilians on Monday.

The officer says the explosion also wounded 22 people. The town of Suwayrah is located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Baghdad.

 
  Troubled History Fuel Japan-China Tension
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    NANJING, China, April 21: Strolling through China´s sprawling memorial to a 1937 massacre by Japanese troops, a 64-year-old retired teacher said the incident remains an open wound.

"Japan is a country without credibility. They pretend to be friendly, but they can´t be trusted," Qi Houjie said as a frigid wind swept the austere plaza of the Nanking Massacre Memorial Hall.

 
  Philippine Mayor Fatally Shot By Suspected Rebels
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    MANILA, Philippines, April 21: Philippine officials say at least 15 suspected communist rebels disguised as police fatally shot a northern town mayor and his two bodyguards during a flag-raising ceremony.

Police say the attackers scattered leaflets denouncing mining in northern Cagayan province. Provincial police chief Gregorio Lim says police were pursuing the gunmen and were looking into the possibility the killing was related to communist rebels´ opposition to mining activities.

 
  16-year-old Survives In Wheel Well Of US Flight
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    HONOLULU, April 21: A 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet (11,500 meters) and a lack of oxygen, FBI and airline officials said.

FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told The Associated Press on Sunday night that the boy was questioned after being discovered on the tarmac at the Maui airport with no identification.

 
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