• Nigeria's Maiduguri city hit by deadly bomb, overnight attack

    By Lanre Ola MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - A suspected suicide bomber blew himself up inside a mosque in Nigeria's Maiduguri city on Saturday afternoon killing at least 18 people, a hospital source said, after a night-time attack by Boko Haram insurgents on the outskirts. The attacks occurred a…

  • Russian aircraft head off U.S. destroyer in Black Sea: RIA

    Russian military aircraft were scrambled to head off a U.S. warship that was acting "aggressively" in the Black Sea, state news agency RIA reported on Saturday, citing an anonymous source in Russia's armed forces in Crimea. The source was quoted as saying that the U.S. destroyer Ross was moving…

  • Probes of child abuse in Central African Republic should intensify: U.N. rights chief

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations human rights chief on Saturday urged several countries to intensify their investigations of alleged sexual abuse of young children in the Central African Republic by French and African soldiers posted in the conflict-torn nation. …

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  • After 35 trillion gallons of rain, Texans search for the missing – and closure

    Several Texas rivers were again clawing at their banks as more storms blitzed a flood-ravaged Lone Star State on Saturday. Mustering at a small church near Wimberley, Texas, over 2,000 professional and volunteer searchers, many of them strangers to the missing, have trudged the flood’s destructive…

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  • Self-defense or illegal homicide? Is 'stand-your-ground' evolving?

    Again and again American juries, including one in Reno, Nev., on Friday, are being asked to adjudicate a thorny legal question under a new breed of “stand-your-ground” laws: What’s the difference between self-defense and murder? Since Florida expanded that right into public spaces in 2005, over 30…

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  • Dennis Hastert: From House Speaker to alleged sex scandal hush money

    The arc of Dennis Hastert’s political life was both extraordinary and typical. As a former high school teacher and coach from Illinois, he seemed to bring solid, Midwestern values to Washington when he was elected to the House of Representatives in 1986, handily winning reelection for ten more…

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  • In search of educational 'égalité,' France revamps secondary schools

    France has long prided itself on being a meritocratic system, where anyone – regardless of background – can get to the top with enough hard work. Last week, President François Hollande’s government proposed a series of measures to overhaul the country’s secondary education system – to howls of…

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  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

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  • Russian labor camp memorial group faces heavy pressure

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian organization that restored a Soviet-era forced-labor camp as a memorial for the victims of political repression said Friday it is facing legal action aimed at pressuring it to fold.

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  • Child sex abuse claims shake UN as revelations continue

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The boys said they approached the French soldiers because they were hungry. Some were so young they didn't quite understand the acts the soldiers demanded in return. One boy, 8 or 9 years old, said he did it several times to the same soldier, "until one day an older kid saw…

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  • Powerful quake strikes off Japan; no tsunami warning

    TOKYO (AP) — A powerful earthquake struck near remote Japanese islands and shook most of the country Saturday evening, but it occurred well beneath the earth's surface and did not trigger a tsunami warning. Several people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and there were no reports of deaths…

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  • Islam center stage as Turkish election campaign enters final week

    By Daren Butler and Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Evoking the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople and vowing the Muslim call to prayer would forever ring out, President Tayyip Erdogan put religion center stage on Saturday as campaigning for Turkey's parliamentary election entered its final…

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  • Wolfsburg beats Dortmund 3-1 in German Cup final

    BERLIN (AP) — Wolfsburg defeated Borussia Dortmund 3-1 to win the German Cup for the first time Saturday, denying Juergen Klopp the perfect sendoff in his final game as Dortmund coach.

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  • Top Asian News at 8:00 p.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — After the Korean War ended in 1953, Kim Myeong Bok and 75 other North Korean prisoners of war detained in South Korea opted to live abroad rather than risk hostile welcomes in either half of their homeland. Now he wants to come home, though he may find little more than…

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  • Arsenal beats Aston Villa 4-0 to defend FA Cup title

    LONDON (AP) — Theo Walcott ended a frustrating season by scoring the first goal as Arsenal won a record 12th FA Cup title Saturday with a dominant 4-0 victory over Aston Villa in the final at Wembley Stadium.

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  • Suicide bomber kills himself and 16 others in Nigerian city

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Residents and officials say a suicide bomber has killed himself and 16 others outside a mosque in the Nigerian city Maiduguri.

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  • Oil leak discovered at Kuwait's Mina Abdullah refinery: state news agency

    DUBAI (Reuters) - Kuwaiti National Petroleum Company (KNPC) announced on Saturday that a leak had been discovered in a water treatment unit tank at its Mina Abdullah refinery, the state news agency reported. The agency said workers had activated plans to control the leak and sought the help of…

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