• Somalia Islamists storm Puntland police station, kill three: police

    By Abdiqani Hassan and Feisal Omar BOSASSO, Somalia (Reuters) - Somalia's al Shabaab militants stormed a police station in the country's semi-autonomous region of Puntland and killed three policemen late on Monday, police said. Several militants from the Islamist group were also killed during the…

  • U.S. Secretary of State arrives in Somali capital in unannounced visit

    MOGADISHU (Reuters) - John Kerry made an unannounced visit to Somalia on Tuesday, the first U.S. Secretary of State to visit the Horn of Africa nation, which is struggling to rebuild after two decades of war and battling an Islamist insurgency by al Shabaab militants. Kerry will meet Somali…

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  • Second suspected human trafficking camp found in Thai south

    By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - A second suspected human trafficking camp has been discovered in southern Thailand, police said on Tuesday, following a search by authorities of a mountain where 26 bodies were found in shallow graves at the weekend. The 26 bodies are believed to be…

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  • Anti-Muhammad cartoon contest: Free speech or deliberately provocative?

    When Pamela Geller and her controversial organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, announced it would hold a cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, their plan to satirize and lampoon the founder of Islam was intended to have both a defiant and provocative free-speech edge. Sunday’s…

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  • Nepal earthquake: how one US aircraft could make a big difference

    With the response to the earthquake in Nepal shifting from search and rescue to relief and reconstruction, a new clock is now ticking for the devastated Himalayan nation. “We’re already hearing reports of damage to the one [runway] at the Kathmandu airport from all the aid flights coming in,” Mr.…

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  • Boston bombing trial: Tsarnaev breaks stoic facade, blows kiss to tearful aunt

    For almost two months Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has sat at the heart of the Boston Marathon bombing trial. Through weeks of wrenching and emotional testimony, Mr. Tsarnaev has remained almost statue-like sitting at a table with his attorneys.

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  • Ben Carson says he's running: Any chance he'll win in 2016?

    Ben Carson on Monday officially announced that he’s running for president. His campaign kickoff – held at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts in Detroit – was pretty unusual for that kind of thing. In that sense he’s following a path well-trod by Herman Cain, Steve Forbes, Ross Perot,…

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  • Central African Republic militias agree to free child soldiers: U.N.

    Armed factions in the Central African Republic have agreed to free all child soldiers and other children who may be used as cooks or messengers or for sexual purposes, the United Nations children's agency UNICEF said on Tuesday. The deal covers an estimated 6,000 to 10,000 children and the eight…

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  • Central Africa armed groups 'pledge to free thousands of children'

    Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) - Leaders of armed groups in the Central Africa Republic agreed Tuesday to release thousands of child soldiers and to end underage recruitment, UNICEF said.

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  • IS claims responsibility for Texas cartoon attack

    CAIRO (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a weekend attack at a center near Dallas, Texas, exhibiting cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.

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  • Syria's Aleppo suffering 'daily crimes against humanity': Amnesty

    Syrian government forces are committing "crimes against humanity" by indiscriminately bombing Aleppo, Amnesty International said on Tuesday, as it also criticised rebels for abuses including "war crimes". In a new report, the rights watchdog said "relentless" government aerial bombardment of…

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  • Top Asian News at 9:30 a.m. GMT

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Rescuers were digging Tuesday through thousands of tons of earth from a quake-triggered mudslide in Nepal that wiped out an entire village along a popular Himalayan trekking route and killed at least 60 people. Nine of the victims recovered in the Langtang Valley since the…

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  • Gunman in Mohammad cartoon attack in Texas monitored for years

    By Jon Herskovitz and David Schwartz GARLAND, Texas/PHOENIX (Reuters) - Federal agents for years monitored one of the two gunmen who were shot dead after opening fire with assault rifles at a heavily guarded Texas exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad. Two government sources who asked…

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  • Burundi court approves president's bid for third term amid protests

    Burundi's constitutional court has approved President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term, it said in a statement, as dozens of protesters marched in the capital to say they would "never accept" a campaign they call illegal. "The renewal of the presidential term through direct universal…

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  • Burundi constitutional court allows president's third term bid

    Bujumbura (Burundi) (AFP) - Burundi's constitutional court on Tuesday cleared President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a controversial third term, following days of deadly protests in the capital Bujumbura.

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  • Start your engines: UK election hopefuls burn rubber

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's candidates are campaigning from Cornwall in southwestern England to the far northern reaches of Scotland in search of votes with the general election just two days away.

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  • US Secretary of State John Kerry in surprise Somalia visit

    John Kerry made a surprise trip to Somalia on Tuesday, officials said, becoming the first US secretary of state to visit the war-ravaged Horn of Africa nation. The top US diplomat was spending just a few hours in the capital, Mogadishu, and was not scheduled to leave the confines of the fortified…

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