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32 killed by rebels in Nigeria

Gunmen mounted on motorbikes killed at least 32 people in the northeastern Nigerian village of Gurmushi, police say.


Nigeria's leader vows to bring abducted schoolgirls home

Nigeria's leader vowed to "do everything possible to bring our daughters home," referring to the mass abduction of more than 300 schoolgirls, and said that the Islamic extremists who kidnapped them threaten the country's democratic gains.


Sisi wins presidential election in landslide

Former Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won a landslide victory in a presidential election, but a low turnout may have deprived him of the strong mandate he needs to fix the economy and face down an Islamist insurgency.


China suggests U.S. may have fabricated evidence for cyberattacks

China's suggested on Thursday that the United States had fabricated evidence to underpin accusations of cyber attacks and had incited China's neighbors to "stir up trouble" in disputed waters. The United States last week accused five Chinese military officers of hacking into U.S. companies to steal trade secrets. Asked about proof behind the U.S. allegations, ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng said it would be easy for the United States to fabricate evidence. "In the field of Internet technology and infrastructure, the U.S. is blessed with an advantage, so fabricating some so-called 'evidence' is certainly no hardship," spokesman Geng Yansheng told a briefing, according to a statement on the ministry's website.


North Korea agrees to reopen probe into Japan abductees

By Elaine Lies and Tetsushi Kajimoto TOKYO (Reuters) - North Korea has agreed to reopen an investigation into the fate of Japanese citizens it kidnapped decades ago, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday, a potential breakthrough in a bitter dispute between Tokyo and Pyongyang. Japan has agreed to ease some sanctions against North Korea once the probe had been reopened and will consider providing humanitarian aid depending on how the investigation progresses, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said separately. "This is a first step toward an overall resolution." North Korea promised in 2008 to re-open the probe - but it never followed through.


30 percent of world is now fat

Almost a third of the world is now fat, and no country has been able to curb obesity rates in the last three decades, according to a new global analysis.


Report: U.S. births up for first time in 5 years

The baby recession may be at an end: After a five-year span in which the number of children born in the United States dropped each year, 2013 saw a minute increase. According to a new government report, ...


White House touts energy policies as rules loom

WASHINGTON (AP) — Setting the stage for upcoming restrictions on coal-fired power plants, the Obama administration is making a concerted effort to cast its energy policy as an economic success that is creating jobs, securing the nation against international upheavals and shifting energy use to cleaner sources.


On Politics: Making sense of the Great Piketty Debate

While you were grilling burgers over the long holiday weekend, a cadre of academics were locked away in their studies, pouring over data sets by lamplight and banging out blog posts about the French economist Thomas Piketty. Did somebody say "party?"


Oil tanker listing off Japan after huge explosion

A 998-tonne oil tanker was listing off the Japanese coast on Thursday after a large explosion and subsequent fire that sent towering columns of acrid smoke into the sky. The tanker had unloaded its cargo of crude oil last week and was stationary close to the coast of Hyogo prefecture, around 450 kilometres (280 miles) west of Tokyo, when the explosion happened. "The ship unloaded crude oil at a port in Hyogo prefecture, and the tanker was virtually empty when the accident occurred," he told AFP by telephone. News of the incident, which happened at around 9:30 am (0030 GMT), caused Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to interrupt debate in parliament.


CIA drone strike program in Pakistan winding down

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just after midnight last Christmas, Pakistani officials say, two Hellfire missiles from a U.S. drone slammed into a house in Miramshah, Pakistan, killing four militants.

Jet searchers rule out area where 'pings' heard

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Investigators searching for the missing Malaysian jet have ruled out an area where acoustic signals were detected as the final resting place of the plane after an unmanned submersible found no sign it, the Australian agency coordinating the hunt said Thursday.


Rebel leader says his men holding OSCE monitors

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — An insurgent leader said Thursday that his fighters are holding four observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

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