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Two peacekeepers killed as suicide bomb hits bank in northern Mali

BAMAKO (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed two Senegalese U.N. peacekeepers and destroyed the only operating bank in the northern Malian town of Kidal on Saturday, one day before a second round of parliamentary elections.<p>There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the car bombing at 0645 …

Somber remembrances mark anniversary of Sandy Hook shooting

NEW YORK (Reuters) - One of the 6-year-olds was so sweet his teacher said he should have come to school wrapped in a bow.<p>A memorial in remembrance of the victims of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut December 13, 2013 . REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin<p>Another loved …

As The X Factor reaches the final of its tenth series, we'll be saying goodbye to Louis Walsh, the show's longest-serving judge. In comparison to the sharp-tongued Simon Cowell or serious Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh has come to be recognised as a figure of fun. But Louis has actually been one of the most consistently successful X Factor judges - and we can prove it: http://fw.to/WfU0fNR Photo: PA/ITV #XFactor

Worker dies after falling off Manaus stadium roof

MANAUS, BRAZIL (Reuters) - A construction worker died after falling off the roof of the Arena Amazonia in Brazil on Saturday, FIFA and the World Cup organising committee confirmed on Saturday.<p>A worker observes the Arena Amazonia stadium under construction to host several 2014 football World Cup …

Iran says it sends second monkey into space, brings it back safely

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Saturday it had sent a second live monkey into space and brought it back safely, the latest demonstration of the country’s missile capabilities, state news agency IRNA reported.<p>“President Hassan Rouhani ... congratulated Iranian scientists and experts on successfully …

Bombings, shootings kill at least 17 people in Iraq

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 17 people, most of them Shi’ite Muslims, were killed in a wave of bombings and shootings across Iraq on Saturday ahead of a major Shi’ite ritual, medical and police sources said.<p>The deadliest of the attacks took place in Baghdad’s mainly Shi’ite district of Bayaa when a …

Suspected grenade attack on Kenyan bus kills four - police

NAIROBI (Reuters) - A suspected grenade attack on a minibus in Kenya’s capital on Saturday killed at least four people near a Somali-dominated area of the city, police said, an incident that mirrors explosions last year that were blamed on Somali militants.<p>Last year a series of such attacks in and …

Italian neo-fascist group tears down flag from EU headquarters

ROME (Reuters) - An Italian neo-fascist fringe group scaled the front of the European Commission’s Rome headquarters and tore down the EU flag on Saturday after a week of protests against economic hardship and austerity in the country.<p>Ten people including the deputy president of Casapound, …

North Korean leader's influential aunt remains in power after uncle Jang's execution

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s influential aunt Kim Kyong Hui remains a part of the regime’s inner circle, even after the execution of her husband last week, the second most powerful man in the isolated nation.<p>North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (R) salutes as a honour guard march …

China detains 1,300 people suspected of making, selling fake drugs - media

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police have rounded up more than 1,300 suspects nationwide for producing and selling fake medicine as part of an intensified government crackdown, state media reported.<p>Authorities seized fake drugs and nine tonnes of raw materials worth over 2.2 billion yuan ($362.4 …