Reuters World News Highlights

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan – Pakistani commandos stormed an office  building yesterday and rescued 39 people taken hostage by  suspected Taliban militants after a brazen attack on the army’s  headquarters.  

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 LONDON – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday that international powers would not wait forever for Iran  to prove it was not developing nuclear bombs.  

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 MOSCOW – Opposition candidates and election observers said  significant violations in regional votes across Russia yesterday  showed President Dmitry Medvedev was failing to follow through  on a promise to boost democracy.  

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KABUL – The head of the United Nations mission in  Afghanistan denied accusations yesterday that he had helped  cover up election fraud, and said he still believed a result  could be reached that Afghans would find credible.  

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ISTANBUL – Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday that Armenia must withdraw from Nagorno-Karabakh in  Azerbaijan to assure his parliament’s approval for a peace  accord signed between Turkey and Armenia.  

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JERUSALEM – A U.S. presidential envoy ended a Middle East  shuttle mission yesterday with no sign of any imminent  resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.  
 
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 RAMADI, Iraq – Three bombs killed at least 16 people and  wounded scores more yesterday in Ramadi, capital of Iraq’s  western Anbar province, officials said, in the latest in a  string of attacks in the vast desert region.

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