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Ruling Portugal coalition wins election, loses majority
LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal's center-right government on Sunday won an election that was a test of its tough austerity stance, but its failure to win a majority in parliament raises the prospect of political uncertainty.

Militants loyal to Islamic State claim suicide bombings in Nigerian capital
CAIRO (Reuters) - Militants claiming loyalty to Islamic State said they were behind suicide bombings near the Nigerian capital Abuja which killed at least 15 people, a statement on Twitter said on Sunday.

Japan group says pacifist constitution still supreme, eyes Nobel
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's pacifist constitution is an example for the world despite changes that have cleared the way for its troops to fight overseas for the first time since World War Two, the head of a group tipped as a Nobel Peace Prize contender said.

Islamic State militants blow up ancient Arch of Triumph in Palmyra
DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have blown up the Arch of Triumph, a major monument in the 2,000-year-old Roman city of Palmyra, Syria's antiquities chief said on Sunday, after they destroyed two ancient temples at the central Syrian site in recent months.

Ruling Portugal coalition heads for win, may lose majority
LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal's center-right government headed for victory in an election on Sunday that was a vote test of its tough austerity stance, but exit polls showed it was likely to lose its majority in parliament.

Assad says Russian air campaign vital to save Middle East
BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - President Bashar al-Assad said the success of a military campaign by Russia, Syria and its allies was vital to save the Middle East from destruction, a day after Moscow said it would step up air strikes against Islamic State targets across Syria.