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ECUADOR

Ecuadoran ambassador Anna Alban was traveling to her country's capital Saturday to brief President Rafael Correa on the request for political asylum made by Wikileaks chief Julian Assange. He took refuge inside Ecuador's London embassy on Tuesday and remains camped out in an office there after his legal options ran out for avoiding extradition from Britain to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning for alleged sex crimes.

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KANSAS CITY, MO.

Girl, 10, found locked in closet

Authorities responding to a call to a child abuse hotline say they found a 10-year-old girl who weighed just 32 pounds locked in a closet that reeked of urine. Prosecutors filed charges of assault and child abuse and endangerment Saturday against the girl's 29-year-old mother in Jackson County Circuit Court.

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TUCSON, ARIZ.

Shooting survivor holds public event

A newly sworn-in congressman who was injured in a mass shooting last year along with then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords held his first "Congress on Your Corner" event with southern Arizona constituents on Saturday. About 300 people showed up to see Rep. Ron Barber, who won a special election to replace Giffords this year.

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CANADA

Roof collapses at north Ontario mall

A roof partially collapsed at Algo Centre Mall in Elliott Lake on Saturday, prompting an evacuation and a search for anyone who might have been injured. The collapse also triggered a gas leak and prompted emergency officials to shut off the mall's power.

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SUDAN

Police orders protests dispersed

Sudan's top police chief ordered his forces Saturday to quell "firmly and immediately" anti-government demonstrations that have entered their seventh day, while opposition groups reported a security crackdown on their leading members. It was a rare acknowledgement by the government of demonstrations that have been concentrated in Khartoum.

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CROATIA

8 killed, 44 injured in bus accident

At least eight Czech tourists were killed and 44 injured when a bus crashed and overturned on a major highway in Croatia on Saturday, police said. The accident happened around 4 a.m. about 125 miles south of Zagreb, on a highway connecting the Croatian capital with the central Adriatic coastal city of Split.

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YEMEN

Army takes new al-Qaida stronghold

The governor of a southern Yemeni province says troops backed with tanks have regained control of an al-Qaida stronghold in the south, the latest success in a weeks-long government offensive. The effort has led to the recapture of several towns that the militants seized during last year's political turmoil.

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NEW YORK

Man arrested in Columbia killings

Roberto Nunez, 30, was arrested Saturday on murder charges in the June 7 killings of three men near Columbia University. Investigators identified Nunez as the man seen on video strolling away from the bloody scene, police said.

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