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US Muslim student arrested over 'hoax bomb' clock

A US high school student from Texas has been arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school that police officers said resembled a "hoax bomb".<p>Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old ninth grader at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, said the clock caught the attention of one of his teachers who …

Extremism

Zimbabwe MPs recalled to parliament after Mugabe gaffe

Zimbabwean politicians have been recalled for a special sitting a day after President Robert Mugabe delivered the wrong speech at the opening session of parliament.<p>The government-owned Herald newspaper said all parliamentarians were required to attend Wednesday afternoon's session called by …

South Africa

Egyptian security forces accidentally kill 12 tourists and guides

At least two Mexicans and 10 others have died after their vehicles were accidentally attacked by Egyptian security forces in the country’s western desert.<p>The Egyptian interior ministry said a joint policy and military force was “chasing terrorist elements” in the area when it “accidentally engaged …

Middle East

Scars of rape in the DR Congo | DR Congo

<b>Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo -</b> Inside a small wooden house overlooking the massive Virunga National Park, Bakazi Ndazimo, 70, relives the worst day of her life - the day she stopped feeling human; the day she was beaten and raped.<p>"The only reason I am able to talk about this is because of my …

Africa

The New Vegetable Garden: 8 Favorite Edible Backyards

Our dream kitchen garden is practical, prolific, and beautiful. Here are 13 we love–all working gardens, but pretty enough for leisure time, …

Gardening

Pope: remarried Catholics "will always be part of the Church.''

Man goes on stabbing spree at Jerusalem gay parade

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man has lunged into a group of revelers leading Jerusalem's annual gay pride parade and stabbed six of them as they marched in the city, Israeli police and witnesses said.<p>The alleged attacker, Yishai Schlissel, had recently been released from prison after serving a term for …

Extremism

Booing of indigenous footballer 'is damaging Australia'

Persistent heckling of one of Australia's most accomplished indigenous athletes described as "a blight on the country".<p>Australia's race discrimination commissioner has condemned the persistent booing of one of the nation's most high-profile indigenous athletes, warning it has gone beyond sport and …

German federal court grants retrial after judge texted during testimony

A German federal court has granted two defendants a retrial because their judge was sending texts from her mobile phone during testimony to arrange a babysitter for her children.<p>The federal court of justice (BGH) found that “even in an age of limitless mobile phone and internet use”, a judge “must …

U.S. Federal Courts

Security forces foil suicide attack in Somali town: police | Reuters

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Security forces prevented a suicide attack against a political conference in central Somalia on Thursday, killing three gunmen and the driver of a car packed with explosives, police said.<p>The Islamist al Shabaab group, which wants to topple the Western-backed government in …

Kenya issues reward for German al-Shabab fighter

<b>Kenyan police have issued a $100,000 (£64,000) reward for the capture of a German national accused of taking part in an al-Shabab attack on Sunday.</b><p>Andreas Martin Muller, who has the alias Abu Nusaybah, is alleged to be one of the gunmen who attacked a military base in Lamu county.<p>Eleven al-Shabab …

Africa

Chad says it bombs Boko Haram bases in Nigeria; Nigeria denies it | Reuters

N’DJAMENA (Reuters) - Chad’s military said it had carried out air strikes against Boko Haram bases in Nigeria in retaliation for twin suicide bombings in Chad this week that killed at least 34 people, but the announcement was strongly rejected by Nigeria.<p>The air raids caused heavy human and …

Africa

Dylann Storm Roof Identified As Charleston Shooting Suspect: Report

The man suspected of opening fire in a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday night, killing nine people, has been identified as 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof, an FBI spokeswoman told The Post and Courier.<p>Denise Taiste, the FBI spokeswoman, confirmed Roof's identity …

Blond Hair

China bans Muslims from fasting Ramadan in Xinjiang | Ramadan 2017 News

China has banned civil servants, students and teachers in its mainly Muslim Xinjiang region from fasting during Ramadan and ordered restaurants to stay open.<p>Most Muslims are required to fast from dawn to dusk during the holy month, which began on Thursday, but China's ruling Communist party is …

Islam

South Sudan accuses Sudan of airstrikes, killing 1

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's government on Wednesday accused Sudan of bombing two locations in its territory, killing at least one soldier …

Africa

Minister: Suicide bombers kill 23 in attacks on Chad capital

N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — Suicide bombers on motorcycles simultaneously attacked two buildings including the national police academy in Chad's capital …

Extremism

Revealed: how the world turned its back on rape victims of Congo

A year ago a global summit hosted by Angelina Jolie and William Hague vowed to end army sexual violence in Africa. But women are still threatened and funds are drying up<p>On an imposing hill above the town of Minova, at the end of a trail down which rivulets of rainwater run past tarpaulin-tented …

Africa

Burundi to take centre stage as African leaders meet

Burundi has been plunged into a period of instability sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza's push to run for a third five-year term.<p>Violent protests have left around 40 people dead and 100,000 people have fled the country, raising peace and security concerns in the region.<p>Other crises like the …

10 Tricks That Squeeze Every Inch Out of a Small Closet

Get ready to discover extra space you didn't even know you had.<p>If you have a large wardrobe with minimal storage, you likely find yourself cursing your closet on the regular. Instead of cutting your clothing collection in half, use these tricks and products to create twice as much space as you had …

Kenya seeks to voluntarily repatriate 100,000 Somalis

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya has set a goal to get 100,000 Somali refugees to return home voluntarily by the end of the year, a government official …

Africa

UN peacekeepers accused of swapping goods for sex

UN peacekeepers commonly pay for sex with cash, dresses, jewellery, perfume, mobile phones and other items despite a ban on such relationships, a draft UN report has concluded.<p>The draft study by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), obtained by Reuters news agency and since seen by …

Africa

Mexico and Canada seek $3bn in US sanctions over meat

<b>Mexico and Canada have called a meeting with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to request the right to impose sanctions on the US, worth $3bn (£2bn).</b><p>The move is in retaliation to US meat-labelling rules, which the two countries say discriminate against them.<p>The WTO has already upheld a ruling in …

Canada

Texas doctors do world's first skull-scalp transplant

Opening a new frontier in transplant surgery, Texas doctors have done the world's first partial skull and scalp transplant to help a man who suffered …

Medicine

UN mission orders investigation into child sex abuse claim

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic said Thursday it has launched an investigation into an allegation of …

Central African Republic

Kenyan police charge five men over university attack that killed 148 people

Kenyan police have charged five men with participating in an attack by militant group al-Shabaab on a university in eastern Kenya in which 148 people were killed.<p>The five men pleaded not guilty to 152 counts of committing acts of terrorism in a magistrates court on Thursday.<p>Four al-Shabab gunmen …

Extremism

Coroner: Student's death in police custody a homicide

<b>(CNN) —</b> The death of a 21-year-old Nigerian student in an isolation jail cell in Savannah, Georgia, on New Year's Day has been ruled a homicide, Chatham County coroner William Wessinger said Thursday.<p>Matthew Ajibade's cause of death "is listed as blunt force trauma, which was really a combination …

Crime

Hong Kong 'Umbrella' protests add poignancy to Tiananmen vigil | Reuters

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Tens of thousands attended a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong on Thursday to mark China’s 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing, an anniversary given added poignancy by protests that gripped the Chinese-run city last year.<p>The political temperature is rising …

Hong Kong

Nigeria’s Government Turns Its Back on Boko Haram Victims

Officials are shutting down displaced person camps, forcing hundreds of thousands of people back to ruined villages that may still be in the line of …

Africa

Climate change brings needed rain to Africa

Climate change has been going on since the beginning of time, but has been the source of intense debate in recent years. In the case of the Sahel area of Africa, climate change means 4 more inches of desperately-needed rainfall per year than in the past, according to a new study by climatologists …

Eight of 10 arrested for Malala Yousafzai killing attempt 'secretly released'

Eight men supposedly given 25-year sentences for trying to kill Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai were released "quietly, to avoid a media fuss", it is alleged<p>Only two of 10 men supposedly jailed for the attempted assassination of teenage activist Malala Yousafzai have actually been …