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21 killed in twin car-bomb blasts in Somalia's capital

Authorities say the death toll in a pair of explosions Friday evening in Somalia's capital has risen to 21. The director of Aamin Ambulance service, Dr. Abdirahman Abdulqadir, gave the new toll Saturday. It was confirmed by police Capt. Mohamed Hussein, who said it was based on figures from hospitals....

101 Nigerian girls missing after Boko Haram attack on school, parents say

More than 100 girls are still missing three days after suspected Boko Haram extremists attacked their school in northern Nigeria, parents said Thursday, as fears grew that they may have been kidnapped like those from Chibok town nearly four years ago. The announcement came after government officials...

British police probe 'racist' package sent to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Police are investigating a suspicious package that was sent to Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle as a racist hate crime, Scotland Yard said Thursday. The Metropolitan Police force said "a package containing a substance" was delivered to St. James's Palace, where Harry has his office, on...

Ex-rising star of French far right steps into U.S. limelight

Marion Marechal-Le Pen, a rising star of France's far-right National Front until abruptly leaving politics last year, on Thursday stepped into the limelight on the other side of the Atlantic, decrying the European Union and immigration in a speech at a major forum for American conservatives. The...

Man throws grenade at U.S. Embassy in Montenegro, then kills himself

A man who hurled a grenade into the U.S. Embassy compound in Montenegro’s capital and then killed himself Wednesday was an ex-soldier decorated by former Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic after NATO's bombing of Serbia and Montenegro in 1999. A police official confirmed the man was 43-year-old...

Mexican authorities find illegal avocado plantations in monarch butterfly reserve

Mexican environmental inspectors said Wednesday that had they found about 7½ acres of illegal avocado plantations in the monarch butterfly’s wintering grounds west of Mexico City. It's apparently the first time that avocado planting has directly affected the heart of the monarch area, a protected...

98 dead in assault on rebel-held Damascus suburb, activists say

Intense Syrian government shelling and airstrikes on rebel-held Damascus suburbs killed at least 98 people in the deadliest day in the area in three years, a monitoring group and paramedics said Tuesday. A day after Monday's government barrage, retaliatory shells rained down on Damascus, the capital,...

Brazil sees potential for wider use of the military in combating urban violence

Brazilian leaders said Monday that the use of the military to combat rising violence in Rio de Janeiro could serve as a model for other violent areas of Brazil. The armed forces officially took over Rio's police on Friday under a decree signed by President Michel Temer. The measure still requires...

5.9 quake hits southern Mexico, but no damage reported

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake shook the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca on Monday, days after a more powerful temblor hit the same area. State and national emergency officials said they had no immediate reports of damage from the latest shake, but schools were canceled across the state on Monday....

Islamic State ambushes Iraqi Shiite-led force, killing 27

Islamic State militants have ambushed a group of Iraq's Shiite-led paramilitary fighters, killing at least 27. The Popular Mobilization Forces, an umbrella group of mostly Shiite militias, said on Monday that the attack took place the previous night in the Saadounya area, southwest of the northern...

Mexico's presidential campaign takes shape, with 3 candidates formally accepting party nominations

Three presidential candidates formally accepted the nominations of Mexico's main political parties on Sunday, entering what is shaping up to be a crowded, six-person race to the July 1 election. In dueling rallies in the capital, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Ricardo Anaya and Jose Antonio Meade...

Former seminarian tells Vatican sex-crimes investigator of his abuse by a Chilean priest

A key victim in the Chilean sex abuse scandal said he felt his story was finally heard after an hours-long meeting with a Vatican sex-crimes investigator on Saturday, the same day Pope Francis revived his lapsed sex abuse advisory commission amid criticism of how he is handling the scandal. The...

Israelis slam Polish prime minister's remarks about 'Jewish perpetrators' of Holocaust

Israeli politicians accused Poland's prime minister of anti-Semitism on Saturday for equating Poles who participated in the horrors of the Holocaust to supposed "Jewish perpetrators," setting off a new chapter in an angry dispute over Poland's new bill criminalizing the mention of Polish complicity...

13 killed in crash of helicopter assessing damage from Mexican quake

A military helicopter carrying officials assessing damage from a powerful earthquake crashed Friday in southern Mexico, killing 13 people and injuring 15, all of them on the ground. The Oaxaca state prosecutor's office said in a statement that five women, four men and three children were killed...

Three suicide bombers kill 18 at crowded market in Nigeria

Police say three suicide bombers have attacked a crowded market in northern Nigeria, killing at least 18 people. Borno state police spokesman Joseph Kwaji confirms the Friday night attack to The Associated Press. The bombers, all believed to be female, left another 22 people wounded at a fish market...

Magnitude-7.5 earthquake slams south, central Mexico

A powerful earthquake has shaken south and central Mexico, causing people to flee buildings and office towers in the country's capital, and setting off quake alert systems. Crowds of people gathered on central Reforma Avenue in Mexico City as the ground shook. The U.S. Geological Survey put the...

German reporter detained more than a year is freed from Turkish jail. Trial still looms

A German reporter detained in Turkey for more than a year was released from jail pending trial, even as six other journalists and newspaper employees were sentenced Friday to life imprisonment by a Turkish court. Deniz Yucel, a correspondent for the German daily Die Welt, was detained as part of...

El Salvador commutes woman's 30-year abortion sentence

El Salvador's Supreme Court on Thursday commuted the sentence of a woman serving 30 years in prison for what she says was a stillbirth. The court ruled the evidence in the case did not prove she took any specific action to abort the pregnancy, which is illegal in El Salvador, and thus was eligible...

Cyril Ramaphosa elected as South Africa's new president

Cyril Ramaphosa became South Africa's new president Thursday in an election by ruling party legislators after the resignation of controversial leader Jacob Zuma. Ramaphosa was the only candidate nominated for election in the National Assembly after two opposition parties said they would not participate....

Ethiopia's prime minister reportedly submits resignation letter after months of protests

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has submitted a resignation letter after the worst antigovernment protests in a quarter-century, the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate reported Thursday. "The prime minister said he tried his utmost effort to solve the crisis in his country...

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