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World News: Iranian Resistance Rally; Chinese Spacecraft; Yemen Army Fighting al-Qaida

By: AP
By: AP

PARIS (AP) -- Thousands of Iranian exiles have led a Paris rally to demand democratic change in Iran and help for Iranian resistance members in Iraq's refugee camps.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran -- which organized Saturday's event at a convention center in the northern suburb of Villepinte -- estimated the turnout at nearly 100,000 people.
The council -- which is on a U.S. list of terror organizations -- has won support from some former U.S. officials such as former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell.
Rendell, who attended the rally, urged the U.N., the U.S. and the European Union to start the "emigration process" for Iranian refugees, saying they live in "terrible" condition in Iraq's Ashraf camp.

BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese spacecraft carrying three astronauts has carried out a manual docking with an orbiting module, a first for the country as it strives to match American and Russian exploits in space.
The Shenzhou 9 capsule completed the maneuver with the Tiangong 1 module shortly before 1 p.m. (0500 GMT) Sunday. The docking was shown live on national television. It follows a docking last week that was carried out by remote control from a ground base in China.
Astronauts have been living and working in the module for several days as part of preparations for manning a permanent space station.
China is hoping to join the United States and Russia as the only countries to send independently maintained space stations into orbit.

SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- 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.
Ali al-Ahmadi, who is the governor of Shabwa province, says three days of shelling of al-Qaida positions on the outskirts of Azzan town and warnings to local tribal leaders of further escalation caused the militants to flee Saturday into the mountains and to camps in the desert of two nearby provinces. He had no word on casualties.
Azzan had been used by the militant group as a media headquarters.
The army's offensive against what is seen as the world's most dangerous offshoot of al-Qaida has seen the recapture of several towns that the militants seized during last year's political turmoil.

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A Kenyan official says police seized material they believe can be used to assemble a bomb, a day after the U.S. warned of an imminent terrorist attack in Kenya.
A police official, who asked for anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press, said Saturday that three suspects dropped a bag and ran after police confronted them near a highly populated slum.
The official says police found 6 kilograms (13 pounds) of ammonium nitrate and other items they believe can be used to make a bomb.
Police said an improvised bomb killed 1 person and injured 32 others in downtown Nairobi last month. Officials believe ammonium nitrate was used to assemble that bomb.
Al-Qaida linked al-Shabab militants from Somalia have threatened to retaliate after Kenya sent troops to Somalia to pursue the militants.

NEW YORK (AP) -- The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-6.1 earthquake has struck off the coast of eastern Russia.
The strong temblor was centered 166 miles (268 km) south-southwest of Il'pyrskiy, just off Russia's Far East Coast at 11:15 p.m. EST on Saturday, according to the USGS website.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or damages and there was no immediate tsunami alert issued.


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