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ROME -- The five cabinet ministers from former Italian premier Silvio Berulsconi's People of Freedom party have said they will quit the government, potentially causing its collapse, reported the Ansa news agency citing Deputy Prime Minister Angelino Alfano.

The announcement by Mr. Alfano, a close Berlusconi ally, was seen as the last stage before the collapse of Italy's government, said Guglielmo Epifani, the head of the center-left Democratic Party of Prime Minister Enrico Letta.

The PDL and the PD form a coalition government along with centrists linked to former prime minister Mario Monti. The two parties have increasingly been at odds in recent weeks, mostly due to a guilty verdict for Mr. Berlusconi in a tax fraud case that would bar him from future public office.

Mr. Letta indicated Friday that he would soon call a confidence vote to see if he had a stable majority that would allow him to govern. That vote could come Tuesday or Wednesday.

New Pakistan earthquake

QUETTA, Pakistan -- A major earthquake rocked Pakistan's southwest Saturday, killing at least 15 just days after another quake in the same region killed 359, officials said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said on its website that a 6.8 magnitude quake was felt in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province.

Sudan mourners attacked

KHARTOUM, Sudan -- Sudanese security forces in pickup trucks opened fire on Saturday on hundreds of mourners marching after the funeral of a protester killed a day earlier, the latest violence in a week of demonstrations calling for the ouster of longtime President Omar al-Bashir.

The man killed was a pharmacist from a prominent family, suggesting the heavy security crackdown could deepen discontent, spread unrest and upset the complex network of power centers Mr. Bashir relies upon to stay in power.

India, Pakistan summit

UNITED NATIONS -- A meeting of the Pakistani and Indian prime ministers in New York this weekend is a fresh chance for one leader to push for peace on the subcontinent -- and likely the last chance for the other.

Three-time Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif and India's Manmohan Singh will meet today on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. It is their first face-to-face since Mr. Sharif's election victory in May. Mr. Singh will step down next year.

Kenya criticizes advisory

NAIROBI, Kenya -- Kenya on Saturday sharply criticized a decision by the United States to reissue a travel advisory for the country in the wake of the deadly attack on an upscale mall in the capital Nairobi that left at least 67 people dead, highlighting fears that the assault could hurt the East African nation's lucrative tourism industry.

Kenya's Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the U.S. decision to issue the statement, saying it was "unnecessary and uncalled for." It urged Washington to withdraw the advisory.

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After rescuing 33 people and finding 40 dead, disaster officials said Saturday evening that they did not expect to find any more survivors in the rubble of a five-story building that collapsed early Friday, the fifth deadly building collapse in and around Mumbai this year. ... The interior secretary and the head of the military Saturday declared an end to a three-week standoff between rebels and government forces in the southern Philippines by raising the country's flag at the site of some of the fiercest fighting.



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