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Karzai’s cousin and Ghani ally killed in Afghan suicide attack

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KABUL,  (Reuters) - President Hamid Karzai's powerful cousin, a close ally of presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani, was killed today in a suicide bomb attack at his home, the governor's office in the southern province of Kandahar said .

Israel warns of long Gaza war as Palestinian fighters cross border

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A grim-faced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned yesterday of a protracted war in Gaza, dashing any hopes of a swift end to the three-week conflict as Palestinian fighters launched an audacious cross-border raid .

Baghdad police find 15 dead in bloody start to Muslim holiday

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi police found 15 corpses yesterday, including three women shot in the head, in a bloody start to the holiday ending the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, security sources said .

Female bombers target Nigeria trade show, petrol station, three dead

KANO, Nigeria (Reuters) - Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up at a trade show and a petrol station in northern Nigeria’s biggest city of Kano yesterday, killing one other person and injuring at least six others, police and a military source said .

UN blacklists operator of North Korean ship seized in Panama

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A UN Security Council committee yesterday blacklisted the operator of a North Korean ship, which was seized near the Panama Canal last year for smuggling Soviet-era arms, including two MiG-21 jet fighters, under thousands of tonnes of sugar .

Islamic State militants open office for potential wives – monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State insurgents have opened an office in northern Syria where single women and widows can register to marry fighters from the radical al Qaeda offshoot, a monitoring group said yesterday .

Fighting in Gaza abates, but truce hopes look fragile

GAZA/JERUSALEM, (Reuters) - Fighting subsided in Gaza yesterday after Hamas Islamist militants said they backed a 24-hour humanitarian truce and U .

Boko Haram kidnaps wife of Cameroon’s vice PM, kills at least three

YAOUNDE, (Reuters) - Nigerian Boko Haram militants kidnapped the wife of Cameroon’s vice prime minister and killed at least three people yesterday in a cross-border attack involving more than 200 assailants in the northern town of Kolofata, Cameroon officials said .

Fighting complicates Ukraine crash probe, U.S., EU prepare Russia sanctions

Fighting complicates Ukraine crash probe, U.S., EU prepare Russia sanctions

DONETSK, Ukraine, (Reuters) - Fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine where a Malaysian airliner was downed further complicated an investigation yesterday as Europe and the United States prepared economic sanctions on Russia over the conflict .

US evacuates Libya embassy after ‘free-wheeling militia violence’

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - The United States evacuated its embassy in Libya yesterday, driving diplomats across the border into Tunisia under heavy military escort after escalating clashes broke out between rival militias in Tripoli .

Ebola centre in Sierra Leone under guard after protest march

FREETOWN (Reuters) - Police were guarding an Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone yesterday, the day after thousands marched on the clinic following allegations by a former nurse the deadly virus was invented to conceal “cannibalistic rituals” there, a regional police chief said .

India’s Modi under fire for silence over religious incidents

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing criticism for remaining silent about incidents deemed anti-Muslim in the past week, underscoring fears that his Hindu nationalist followers will upset religious relations in the multi-faith nation .

Israel extends Gaza humanitarian ceasefire for another 24 hours

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel’s security cabinet approved extending the humanitarian ceasefire begun early yesterday until midnight local time (2100 GMT) today, an Israeli government official said .

Apple iPhones allow extraction of deep personal data, researcher finds

SAN FRANCISCO, (Reuters) - Personal data including text messages, contact lists and photos can be extracted from iPhones through previously unpublicized techniques by Apple Inc employees, the company acknowledged this week .

India threatens to derail WTO deal, prompts angry US rebuke

NEW DELHI/GENEVA, (Reuters) - India threatened yesterday to block a worldwide reform of custom rules, which some estimates say could add $1 trillion to the global economy and create 21 million jobs, prompting a U .

EU edges to economic sanctions on Russia but narrows scope

BRUSSELS, (Reuters) - The European Union reached outline agreement on Friday to impose the first economic sanctions on Russia over its behaviour in Ukraine but scaled back their scope to exclude technology for the crucial gas sector .

Israel, Gaza militants agree to a 12-hour truce

GAZA/JERUSALEM, (Reuters) - Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip have agreed to a U .

Wreckage of Air Algerie plane carrying 116 people found in Mali

ALGIERS/BAMAKO, (Reuters) - Authorities said yesterday they located the wreckage of an Air Algerie flight after it crashed in northern Mali carrying 116 passengers and crew, nearly half of them French, en route from Burkina Faso to Algeria .

Shelling of Gaza school kills at least 15; toll nears 800

GAZA/JERUSALEM, (Reuters) - Gazan authorities said Israeli forces shelled a shelter at a U .

Attack on bus in Iraq kills 52 prisoners, nine police

BAGHDAD, (Reuters) - A shooting and bombing attack on a bus near Baghdad killed 52 prisoners and nine policemen yesterday, Ministry of Justice sources said, as politicians faced pressure to form a power-sharing government that can tackle a Sunni insurgency .

Alabama man claims penis was amputated by mistake

(Reuters) - An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said yesterday .

Honduran president links border crisis to U.S. policy divide

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European court says CIA ran secret jail in a Polish forest

WARSAW, (Reuters) - The CIA ran a secret jail on Polish soil, the European Court of Human Rights ruled yesterday, piling pressure on Poland, one of Washington’s closest allies, to break its long silence about the global programme for detaining al Qaeda suspects .

Missing Air Algerie plane from Burkina Faso has crashed: Algerian official

ALGIERS (Reuters) - An Air Algerie flight crashed today en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, an Algerian aviation official said .

Attack on bus in Iraq kills 52 prisoners, nine police

BAGHDAD, (Reuters) - A shooting and bombing attack on a bus near Baghdad killed 52 prisoners and nine policemen today, Ministry of Justice sources said, as politicians faced pressure to form a power-sharing government that can tackle a Sunni insurgency .

Gaza bloodshed deepens as airlines shun Israel

GAZA/JERUSALEM, (Reuters) - Gaza fighting raged yesterday, displacing thousands more Palestinians in the battered territory as U .

Two Ukrainian fighter jets shot down over rebel-held territory

KIEV, (Reuters) - Kiev said two of its fighter jets were shot down over the rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine yesterday, and the missiles that brought them down might have been fired from Russia .

West African states pledge regional anti-Boko Haram force

NIAMEY, (Reuters) - Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon pledged on Wednesday to mobilize a joint force to tackle the growing regional threat posed by Boko Haram Islamist militants operating mainly in Nigeria .

Trial starts for Venezuela opposition leader Lopez

Trial starts for Venezuela opposition leader Lopez

CARACAS, (Reuters) - Jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez went on trial in Venezuela yesterday, accused of masterminding anti-government protests that turned violent and left 43 people dead .

Arizona inmate takes nearly two hours to die in botched execution

Arizona inmate takes nearly two hours to die in botched execution

PHOENIX, (Reuters) - An Arizona inmate took almost two hours to die by lethal injection yesterday and his lawyers said he “gasped and snorted” before succumbing in the latest botched execution to raise questions about the death penalty in the United States .

Sierra Leone’s chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus

FREETOWN, (Reuters) - The head doctor fighting the deadly tropical virus Ebola in Sierra Leone has himself caught the disease, the government said .

Paracetamol no better than placebo for low back pain, study finds

LONDON, (Reuters) - Paracetamol, a painkiller universally recommended to treat people with acute low back pain, does not speed recovery or reduce pain from the condition, according to the results of a large trial published today .

Bombs in Nigeria’s Kaduna kill 82, ex-leader Buhari targeted

KADUNA, Nigeria, (Reuters) - At least 82 people were killed on Wednesday in two bombings in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna targeting opposition leader and former president Muhammadu Buhari at a busy market and a moderate Muslim cleric about to lead a crowd in prayer .

Sierra Leone’s chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus

FREETOWN, (Reuters) - The head doctor fighting the deadly tropical virus Ebola in Sierra Leone has himself caught the disease, the government said .

U.S. court rulings create new uncertainty over Obamacare

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - Two U .

Indonesian president-elect Jokowi calls for unity after bitter election

JAKARTA, (Reuters) - Joko “Jokowi” Widodo was declared the winner of Indonesia’s presidential election yesterday, bringing the promise of major reforms to the world’s third-largest democracy .



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