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At least seven killed in blast at Nigerian state college

At least eight people were killed and 20 wounded by an explosion at a college campus in the heart of the northern Nigerian city of Kano during school hours on Monday, police said. It was not immediately clear if Islamist militants were behind the explosion. Bombings and attacks by armed insurgents now happen almost daily in Nigeria's north, where militant group Boko Haram is trying to carve out an Islamist state. The blast at the Kano State School of Hygiene tore through an area just inside the college's main gate, a popular spot where students often gather at food kiosks between classes.

Online outrage sinks China official who rode piggyback in search

A Chinese official who tried to save his shoes by taking a piggyback during a flood has lost his job instead, reports said Monday, the latest example of Internet users holding bureaucrats to account. It is the second time in a year that a ruling Communist Party official has been sacked after photos showed him riding on another person through a flooded area. The incident took place during a search for three primary schoolchildren who had fallen into a river in the central province of Jiangxi, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Syria hands over last of declared chemical weapons

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The organization charged with overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons program says the last of the country's acknowledged stockpile has been handed over.

AP PHOTOS: US fans see 'cruel' side of soccer

A one-goal lead is never safe, and U.S. fans who counted their chickens too early in the World Cup match got a bitter dose of dissatisfaction as Portugal scored in the final seconds, resulting in a 2-2 draw.

Study links pesticide exposure in pregnancy to autism

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a new study from California, children with an autism spectrum disorder were more likely to have mothers who lived close to fields treated with certain pesticides during pregnancy. Proximity to agricultural pesticides in pregnancy was also linked to other types of developmental delay among children. “Ours is the third study to specifically link autism spectrum disorders to pesticide exposure, whereas more papers have demonstrated links with developmental delay,” said lead author Janie F. Shelton, from the University of California, Davis.

Syria hands over remaining chemical weapons, sources say

Syria has handed over the remaining 100 tonnes of toxic material it declared to the global chemical weapons watchdog, clearing the way for destruction of the stockpile at sea, sources told Reuters on Monday. The chemicals, roughly 8 percent of a total 1,300 tonnes reported to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), had been held at a storage site which the government of President Bashar al-Assad previously said was inaccessible due to fighting with rebels.

Egypt sentences 3 Al-Jazeera reporters to 7 years

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court convicted three Al-Jazeera journalists and sentenced them to seven years in prison each on terrorism-related charges in a verdict Monday that stunned their families and was quickly denounced as a blow to freedom of expression. International pressure mounted on Egypt's president to pardon the three.

Obama encouraging family-friendly work policies

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is encouraging more employers to adopt family-friendly policies by hosting a daylong summit Monday, even though the U.S. government doesn't always set the best example.

'God particle' atom smasher to return at double strength

The world's largest atom smasher is gearing up for its second three-year run after 16 months of maintenance and upgrades. The world's top particle physics lab known as CERN says the $10 billion Large Hadron ...

Activists: Israeli air raids kill 10 Syrian troops

BEIRUT (AP) — Israeli air raids on several Syrian military facilities overnight killed at least 10 troops and destroyed an army command center, an activist group said Monday.