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Iraqi President Jalal Talibani will be released from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota Saturday following surgery on his heart, senior officials from his Kurdish political party said. He is expected to return home after a stop in Washington for consultations with US officials, they said. Talabani left Iraq Aug. 2 for what his office announced would be an operation on one of his knees.

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Amid tight security, senior Nigerian officials formally transferred the 1,200-square-mile Bakassi Peninsula to neighboring Cameroon Thursday. The step ends a long-running territorial dispute that has led to sporadic clashes between the two countries. On appeal, the peninsula was awarded to Cameroon in 2002 by the International Court of Justice. It has a flourishing fishing industry and its offshore waters are thought to contain significant oil deposits.

Most of the soldiers ordered to a disputed section of border between Cambodia and Thailand will "redeploy" beginning this weekend, both sides said. The pullout will leave "the lowest possible number" of lightly armed troops at the scene. It is to precede new negotiations Monday on the dispute. Eight hundred Cambodian and 400 Thai soldiers have been confronting each other at a historic Buddhist temple since shortly after it was declared a UN World Heritage site last month.

Six alleged "snitches" from the Attorney General's Office in Mexico were arrested Wed-nesday for passing sensitive information to narcotics cartels that the government is investigating. If the antidrug unit is found to have been infiltrated by traffickers, analysts said, it would be seen as a black eye for President Felipe Calderón's 20-month crackdown on organized crime.

Another US military deserter, the second in a month, was ordered out of Canada Wednesday. Army Spc. Jeremy Hinzman must leave by Sept. 23 and will be handed over to US authorities for a possible court-martial. Hinzman fled there in late 2003 rather than accept deployment to Iraq. His application for refugee status was denied as were his appeals all the way to the Supreme Court. Fellow US deserter Robin Long was deported July 15 and is awaiting a court-martial.

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