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Nigeria: Two schoolgirls suicide bombers killed 30

December 9, 2016
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Two schoolgirl suicide bombers killed 30 people and wounded dozens more in a coordinated attack on a crowded market in the northeastern Nigerian town of Madagali on Friday, an army spokesman said.

The bombings bore the hallmark of Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which has been waging an insurgency to set up a state adhering to a strict interpretation of Muslim laws in the northeast. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

"The attack in Madagali was carried out by two female school children. They detonated two bombs at the same time killing 30 people and they also died," said Major Badare Akintoye, a spokesman for an army unit in the nearby town of Mubi.

He said 57 people were also hurt in the bombings in Adamawa state.

Boko Haram has frequently targetted crowded areas -- such as markets, places of worship and refugee camps -- in suicide bomb attacks across northeast Nigeria and in neighbouring Cameroon and Niger.

The jihadist group has killed some 15,000 people and forced more than two million people to flee their homes.

Nigeria's army has pushed the militant group back to its stronghold in the vast Sambisa forest in the past few months. While Friday's markets highlighted Boko Haram's ability to mount attacks still, the frequency at which it strikes has fallen.

European Union to extend sanctions on Russia after December 15 meeting

December 9, 2016
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The European Union will extend by six months its main economic sanctions on Russia over the conflict in Ukraine after the bloc's leaders meet in Brussels on Dec. 15, diplomatic sources and officials said on Friday.

The sanctions include restrictions access to international financing, and curbs on defence and energy cooperation with Russia, which annexed the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea from Kiev in March, 2014, and went on to back a rebellion in east Ukraine.

The conflict in Ukraine's industri...

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Dutch terror police arrests terror suspect with gun and fireworks

December 9, 2016
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Rotterdam police have arrested a Dutchman found with a loaded AK-47 Kalashnikov and illegal fireworks who is "suspected of preparing a terrorist crime," prosecutors said Friday.

The 30-year-old was detained on Wednesday after police raided his apartment following a tip-off from the Dutch intelligence services.

Police found the gun, two loaded magazines and four boxes of illegal fireworks during the raid, prosecution spokesman Wim de Bruin told AFP.

"He's suspected of preparing such a terrorism c...

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South Korea's Parliament has impeached president Park Geun-hye

December 9, 2016
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South Korea’s parliament impeached President Park Geun-hye on Friday for her role in an influence-peddling scandal, with well over the required two-thirds majority of lawmakers – including dozens of members of her own party – voting to oust her. 

The decision was greeted rapturously by thousands of protestors who had gathered outside of the national assembly over the past week to demand the president’s dismissal and reforms that would cut away at ties between the government and a deepl...

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Giraffe, the world’s tallest animal is at risk of extinction

December 9, 2016
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The world’s tallest animal is at risk of extinction after suffering a devastating decline in numbers, with 40% of giraffes lost in the last 30 years, according to the latest “red list” analysis.

The authoritative list, compiled by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), has also added over 700 newly recognised bird species, but 13 of these are already extinct.

It says wild relatives of important food crops, such as mangoes and sunflowers, are now in danger of extinc...

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Breaking News: Pakistani plane carrying 37 people disappears

December 7, 2016
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A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane with about 47 people on board crashed in the mountainous north of the country on Wednesday, police and the civil aviation authority said.

PIA said a plane bound for the capital, Islamabad, from the northern town of Chitral lost contact with the control tower en route.

The aircraft was carrying "around 40 people," the airline said in a statement, but the civil aviation authority said 47 people were on board. It is not clear if there were any casualti...

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Breaking News: Powerful earthquake in Indonesia kills 97

December 7, 2016
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The death toll from a powerful earthquake that struck western Indonesia Wednesday has nearly doubled to 97, the military said, as more bodies were pulled from the rubble of scores of shattered buildings.

The shallow 6.5-magnitude quake struck Pidie Jaya district in Aceh province at dawn as many in the mainly Muslim region on Sumatra island were preparing for morning prayers.

The death toll has steadily climbed as rescue crews search, often by hand, through the hom...

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Chancellor Angela Merkel reelected as leader of Germany's conservative party

December 6, 2016
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Chancellor Angela Merkel won a new two-year term Tuesday as the leader of Germany's main conservative party, gaining solid backing after stressing her determination to prevent a repeat of last year's huge migrant influx.

Merkel, who ran unopposed, won 89.5 percent of delegates' votes at a congress of her Christian Democratic Union in the western city of Essen. That was short of the 96.7 percent she won two years ago, but still a strong mandate as she prepares to seek a fourth term as chancello...

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Donald Trump wants to "cancel order" of Boeing's new Air Force One

December 6, 2016
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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump urged the government to cancel purchase of Boeing's new Air Force One plane on Tuesday, saying it was "ridiculous" and too expensive.

"Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!" said Trump in a Twitter message.

Speaking shortly afterward to reporters in New York, Trump said, "The plane is totally out of control. I think it's ridiculous. I think Boeing is doing a litt...

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5 Swedish teenage boys charged with raping an Afghan boy

December 6, 2016
Swedish authorities have charged five teenagers from Afghanistan with raping another Afghan boy in an alleged assault that prosecutors say lasted for at least an hour.

An indictment filed Tuesday alleges the teens dragged the victim into a forested area in the city of Uppsala, threatened him with a knife and sexually assaulted him.

Prosecutor Johan Stromback says the five suspects are 16 and 17 years old, while the boy they allegedly assaulted is under 15. Stromback says they all arrived in Swe...

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