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  • Nigeria's Buhari says to 'spare no effort' in squashing Boko Haram

    By Alexis Akwagyiram ABUJA (Reuters) - A day after becoming the first politician in Nigerian history to succeed a sitting leader by ballot, president-elect Muhammadu Buhari promised on Wednesday to "spare no effort" to defeat Islamist militant group Boko Haram. "Boko Haram will soon know the…

    Reuters14 mins ago
  • Greek anti-establishment protesters occupy buildings, enter parliament grounds

    Anti-establishment protesters occupied several public buildings in Greece and briefly entered the grounds of parliament in Athens on Wednesday, calling for the release of jailed members of a Marxist group. Around 20 people entered the courtyard of the parliament building in central Syntagma…

    Reuters
  • Thailand's ruling junta lifts martial law

    Thailand's ruling junta announced in a televised statement on Wednesday that it had lifted martial law, in place across the country since just before a coup 10 months ago. The military will retain sweeping powers after the junta invoked a special security measure, Article 44 of the country's…

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  • Influencers: Companies should not be allowed to hack back

    What may start as simple [intellectual property] theft could, after a 'hacking back' attempt, result in the utter destruction of the entire network," says Jeffrey Carr, president of cybersecurity firm Taia Global. Hackers could be backed by other nation-states, heightening the prospect of a wider…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • God, love, and safety

    One of my co-workers was once placed in a very dangerous situation while on the job. As word spread, so did concern. It wasn’t long before colleagues began a lengthy conversation about safety. People wondered whether their safety could actually be guaranteed and what they could do for protection.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Muslim NGO lawsuits threaten Indonesia president's reformist agenda

    For the past century, Muhammadiyah, Indonesia’s second largest Islamic organization, has risen to prominence by building thousands of schools and hospitals across the vast archipelago. Muhammadiyah’s new strategy, which it terms "constitutional jihad," is intended to wind back a decade of legal…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Yemen crisis: Civilian toll mounts from Saudi airstrikes

    Saudi-led airstrikes hit Houthi rebel targets across Yemen Wednesday, including a dairy factory in the west where dozens of civilians were killed. As  the bombings enter their seventh day, concerns are rising that the conflict will continue to escalate and seep beyond Yemen’s borders. Shiite…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • One dead, 16 injured in Mexico oil rig fire: official

    Mexico City (AFP) - A fire erupted on an offshore oil platform of Mexico's Pemex energy firm on Wednesday, killing at least one worker, injuring 16 and forcing 300 to be evacuated, officials said.

    AFP21 mins ago
  • US stock indexes extend slide in midday trading

    New economic data on manufacturing and jobs weighed on U.S. financial markets Wednesday, sending major stock indexes lower in midday trading. The decline extended the market's losses from the day before. Health care stocks were among the biggest decliners. Oil prices surged.

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  • Cynthia, first wife of John Lennon, dies: son

    New York (AFP) - Cynthia Lennon, first wife of The Beatles' songwriter and vocalist John Lennon, has died aged 75, the couple's son Julian said Wednesday.

    AFP27 mins ago
  • Top Asian News at 4:00 p.m. GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand lifted martial law in most of the nation on Wednesday, but 10 months after staging a coup, a military junta remains in control, essentially with absolute power. The government of coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha had faced growing pressure from foreign governments, human rights…

    Associated Press27 mins ago
  • Handball star Karabatic to stand trial in betting case

    MONTPELLIER, France (AP) — France's biggest handball star Nikola Karabatic will stand trial for fraud over his suspected involvement in an illegal betting case.

    Associated Press28 mins ago
  • 'No problem': Schwazer says he would testify in Kostner case

    ROME (AP) — Former Olympic race walking gold medalist Alex Schwazer says he is prepared to testify in an arbitration hearing over the 16-month ban given to his ex-girlfriend and former figure skating world champion Carolina Kostner.

    Associated Press34 mins ago
  • Cynthia Lennon, first wife of John Lennon, dies of cancer

    LONDON (AP) — A publicist says Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of former Beatle John Lennon, has died of cancer at her home in Spain. She was 75.

    Associated Press39 mins ago
  • Mexican oil rig burns off coast

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's state-owned oil company says firefighting boats are battling a blaze on an oil platform off the coast.

    Associated Press37 mins ago
  • Attacker killed in clash at Istanbul police headquarters

    Istanbul (AFP) - One assailant was killed Wednesday when Turkish security forces opened fire on two armed individuals who sought to attack the police headquarters in Istanbul, reports said.

    AFP39 mins ago
  • Dozens dead as dairy plant bombed in war-torn Yemen

    Dozens of civilians were reported dead Wednesday after a dairy plant was bombed in Yemen, as aid groups warned of a brewing humanitarian crisis from Saudi-led strikes on Shiite rebels. Yemeni Foreign Minister Riyadh Yassin called for the coalition to send ground troops, saying that "at some stage…

    AFP44 mins ago
  • Lufthansa chief visits crash area as 'cabin video' emerges

    The heads of Lufthansa and Germanwings paid their respects Wednesday near the crash site of the plane that slammed into the French Alps, following reports that a video has emerged showing the final terrifying seconds in the cabin. Descriptions of the chilling mobile phone footage in French and…

    AFP46 mins ago