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Nigeria attacks: 100 killed in attacks on villages in Kaduna

<b>At least 100 villagers have been killed in Nigeria's central Kaduna state in attacks linked to disputes between ethnic groups, officials say.</b><p>Heavily armed men entered three villages in the Kaura district in the south of the state.<p>It is not clear who was behind the attacks, but residents blame …

Egypt panel mostly blames Mursi supporters for deaths in protest break-up | Reuters

CAIRO (Reuters) - A government-appointed panel said on Wednesday that the deaths of hundreds of Muslim Botherhood supporters at a protest camp in Cairo last August was mostly the fault of demonstrators who had provoked the security forces into opening fire.<p>It found that 632 people were killed, 624 …

Syria government forces seize strategic town near Lebanon border

BEIRUT — After weeks of fighting, the Syrian military has wrested control of a rebel-held town near the Lebanese border in the strategic province of Homs, military and opposition representatives said Saturday.<p>The seizure of Zara, close to the main highway linking Homs city to the Mediterranean …

Libyan rebels warn of 'war' if navy attacks oil tanker | Reuters

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Armed protesters in eastern Libya traded threats with the government on Sunday in a tense stand-off over the unauthorised sale of oil from a rebel-held port.<p>A North Korean-flagged tanker, the Morning Glory, docked on Saturday at the port of Es Sider and local …

Libyan rebels warn of 'war' if navy attacks oil tanker | Reuters

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Armed protesters in eastern Libya traded threats with the government on Sunday in a tense stand-off over the unauthorized sale of oil from a rebel-held port.<p>Staff at Libya's Waha Oil Company go on strike to protest against the sale of oil to a North …

Nigeria falls into 'a state of war' as Islamist insurgency rages

Zakari Matazu had just got home when a deafening sound filled his ears and part of his wall cracked and fell to the floor, whipping up a cloud of dust. Then came another boom and his legs started shaking.<p>"I walked outside my house, then I saw people running helter-skelter and people screaming, and …

Guns and Roses: Kiev in Mid-Revolution

In Kiev’s Independence Square, the aftermath of a bloody revolution has left behind a strange beauty. Red roses adorn piles of charred black tires. A …

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Ukraine crisis: Crimea is just the first step, say Moscow's pro-Putin demonstrators

Hundreds of people have taken to the streets in Moscow to demand that Putin tighten his grip on Crimea<p><b>Russian</b> nationalist forces gathered in central Moscow on Monday to ask the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, to take more decisive measures in Crimea.<p>Several hundred people were holding Russian …

Three killed in Cairo clashes, 48 wounded across Egypt | Reuters

CAIRO (Reuters) - Three protesters were killed and dozens wounded as Muslim Brotherhood supporters and police clashed across Egypt on Friday, the health ministry and security sources said.<p>Supporters of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, who was overthrown by the army after demonstrations against his …

Egypt's new PM says security is top priority

Egypt's new prime minister has said that security is his top priority and urged a halt to protests and strikes to give the nation a breather to rebuild after more than three years of deadly turmoil.<p>"The first priority is to impose security, counter terrorism firmly and legally, and restore …

Islamic extremists kill at least 90 in northeast Nigeria

At least 90 people are thought to have been killed in twin attacks in Borno state<p>Almost 100 people have died in a series of attacks across the north of Nigeria.<p>At least 51 people were killed in one attack, in the northeast <b>Nigerian</b> city of Maiduguri, after Islamic extremists set off two car bombs in …

Regional wave of Sunni extremism reaches Lebanon

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Parents call on Egypt to free Peter Greste

The parents of Al Jazeera correspondent Peter Greste have appealed for their son's release from an Egyptian prison, saying the accusations levied against him are preposterous.<p>Greste along with acting bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed have been held at Tora prison since …

Syria opposition issues ultimatum over talks

Syrian peace talks could collapse before they even start, with the main opposition coalition bloc issuing a deadline for the withdrawal of Iran's invitation to the talks.<p>The Syrian National Coalition, a key player in the so-called Geneva II meeting, set to start on Wednesday, has given a deadline …

Bill Gates predicts there will be almost no poor countries by 2035

In their foundation’s just-released annual letter, Bill and Melinda Gates attempt to debunk three pervasive myths in development economics:<p>“Poor countries are doomed to stay poor.”<br>• “Foreign aid is a big waste.”<br>• “Saving lives leads to overpopulation.”<p>From the letter’s introduction:<p>We hear these myths …

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Brain Games: Move Objects With Your Mind To Find Inner Calm?

<b>Listen · 4:00</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>Couch potatoes everywhere, rejoice.<p>New commercial devices, using technology borrowed from the field of neuroscience, are making it possible to control objects with brain power alone. The idea is to help train users to become more focused — and …

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Central African Republic: Catherine Samba-Panza seeks troops

<b>New Central African Republic leader Catherine Samba-Panza has asked both European and African countries to send more troops to help restore order.</b><p>The 59-year-old former mayor of the capital Bangui was elected by the interim parliament on Monday.<p>About a million people - 20% of the population - have …

United Nations withdraws Iran invitation to save Syria peace talks

Iran was stopped from attending long-awaited Syrian peace talks last night after an extraordinary last-minute invitation almost led to the breakdown of the whole process.<p>The United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, had shocked the United States, its western allies and the Syrian opposition by …

South Sudan rebels 'forcibly recruiting civilians' amid humanitarian crisis

Aid agencies have warned of a looming humanitarian catastrophe in South Sudan, where fighting continues in spite of the crisis talks currently under way in neighbouring Ethiopia.<p>On Thursday, as the government accused rebel forces of forcibly recruiting civilians for their attempt to march on the …

South Sudan: fears grow for 75,000 people fleeing violence

Relief groups have expressed alarm over the plight of 75,000 people who have fled to the town of Awerial amid clashes between government and rebel troops in South Sudan.<p>Tens of thousands of South Sudanese have converged on the town in Lakes state after escaping violence in Bor, the capital of …

The world’s newest country is already on the brink of civil war. Here’s how it happened.

It was considered one of the world's great successes when, on July 9, 2011, South Sudan became an independent nation. After many unhappy years as a region of Sudan, the new country declared its independence with crucial support from the outside world, particularly the United States.<p>Now, less than …

Peacekeepers killed at South Sudan UN base

At least two UN peacekeepers from India have been killed in an attack on a United Nations base in South Sudan, a UN spokesman said.<p>The UN said attackers from the country's second-largest ethnic group forced their way into the Akobo base in conflict-wracked Jonglei state on Thursday, pursuing …

Boston Globe endorses John Barros, John Connolly in mayoral primary - The Boston Globe

More than almost any other officeholders, mayors of Boston have the power to define their own eras. After decades of decline in the city, Kevin White …

Kerry's Meeting With Russian Is Next Key Moment In Syria Crisis

Now that President Obama has made his case to the nation for holding Syrian President Bashar Assad responsible for a chemical weapons attack last month near Damascus, the next key moment in the quickly evolving crisis appears to be Thursday's meeting in Geneva between Secretary of State John Kerry …