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Murtala Nyako, the governor of Adamawa State, claimed that most of the violence in the northeast region is being committed by "militias" and soldiers engaged by the central government, not by Boko Haram militants.

East Turkestan, otherwise known as China's Xinjiang province, has seen increasing crackdowns on its native Uighur Muslim community as of late.

Ukraine's government, short of effective forces, has shown little sign of trying to recapture the dozen or so town halls, police stations and other sites seized over the past two weeks, despite proclaiming the launch of an "anti-terrorist operation".

Former head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, Mustafa Jemilev, who is now a Ukrainian lawmaker based in Kiev, feared that he would not be allowed to enter Crimea after Russia produced a blacklist of individuals barred from the peninsula.

James Mitchell, a retired air force psychologist, was the mastermind behind the program which used methods amounting to torture to extract information from suspected terrorists, including water-boarding, stress positions and sleep deprivation.

Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera, who attended a ceremony on Yonaguni island to mark the start of construction, suggested the military presence could be enlarged to other islands in the seas southwest of Japan's main islands.

Leaflets threatening Jews with deportation carry the seal of ‘Donetsk People's Republic’ together with a number of Russian symbols.

The State Duma lower house on Friday ratified a 2012 agreement to write off the bulk of North Korea's debt. It said the total debt stood at $10.96 billion as of Sept. 17, 2012.

An unknown group rescued the journalist who had been held for 10 months by the ISIL rebel group in Syria, before brining them to Turkey.

Hamdeen Sabahi has submitted his candidacy application after collecting the required number of written endorsements from eligible voters.

Captain Dopani Firmin, the 'anti-balaka' Christian militia chief in Boda, said "it's our right to kill Muslims."

Critics of Putin say that Kremlin-controlled Russian media have fuelled unjustified fear of the new Kiev leadership in the east of Ukraine, where ousted president Viktor Yanukovich had his power base.

After almost two months without a sign of wreckage, the current underwater search has been narrowed to a small area around the location in which one of four acoustic signals believed to be from the plane's black box recorders was detected.

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesperson said the members of its network have agreed not to attack public places in Pakistan as ceasefire ends.

At around 10pm Monday night, rebels believed to belong to Boko Haram stormed the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, located on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest.

Main opposition group Free Syrian Army clashed with regime forces in Aleppo on Friday.

The United States had already said it would not grant a visa to Iran's proposed U.N. ambassador, citing the envoy's links to the 1979-1981 Tehran hostage crisis at the US embassy.

Former prime minister Ali Benflis came in second with 1.24 million votes (12.1 percent), followed by Abdelaziz Belaid with 343,624 votes (3.36 percent), according to Belaiz.

The ship's veteran captain, 69-year old Lee Joon-seok, faces five criminal charges and was arrested on Saturday along with two other crew members, according to coastguard officials.

Israeli police said that the move has been taken upon an intelligence tipoff about Palestinian plans to stage demonstrations following the prayers.

The strike at Yue Yuen is not just one of China's biggest in recent years, it's also more clearly driven by workers' fears that they have been scammed by an opaque and convoluted welfare payment system.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been particularly hostile against Turkey and other opposition groups in Syria.

Pro-Russian separatists occupying public buildings in eastern Ukraine reacted to an international accord to defuse the crisis by saying they would not agree to leave the sites before other major conditions were met.

"I don't have any political plan for the future under today's conditions," Gul told reporters in the western province of Kutahya, when asked about a presidential election in August

The adviser at the Tunisian embassy was taken, becoming the second Tunisian diplomat to be kidnapped in the Libyan capital within a month.

The avalanche hit the most popular route to the mountain's peak and three Nepali guides were injured and some people may be missing

Opponents of Indian rule in Kashmir have been arrested as the state prepares to go to the polls in India's national elections.

After a meeting at a Saudi airbase, the foreign ministers agreed to stay away from backing organizations or individuals that threaten the security and stability of GCC member states as well as refrain from supporting what they called "hostile" media.

Building the radar base on the island, which is much closer to China than to Japan's main islands, could extend Japanese monitoring to the Chinese mainland and track Chinese ships and aircraft

Turkey will seek a discount in the price of gas it is buying from Russia during planned talks, Turkey's energy minister said

Friday's attack is the latest in a string of vandalism incidents in Arab villages over the past several months.

"The coalition unanimously decided to freeze the party's membership for violating the coalition's policies and objectives," Mastour Ahmed, political secretary for the Sudanese Congress Party said.

Obama said he has been in close consultation with European allies and that a new round of sanctions is ready to go if Russia fails to help restore order in the east and south of Ukraine.

Malaysia's defence minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, vowed that the search would continue even if there could be a pause to regroup and reconsider the best area to scour

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said 48 killed, dozens of civilians wounded in the attack on the U.N. base in the market town of Bor in northern Jonglei state

A London-based human rights group says over 2 million children are malnourished and suffer health problems.

Kiev has long asked for military support from the United States, which U.S. officials have said included small arms, as well as non-lethal assistance, including military food rations.


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