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Boko Haram attacks Nigerian village, kill men, kidnap 185

Islamist militants attacked a small village in Nigeria called Gumsuri last Sunday, the government said Thursday. The militants killed 35 people in the village, mostly men, and kidnapped another 185, most of those girls and woman.

Beatle Paul McCartney: John Lennon killer the 'jerk of all jerks'

The former Beatle Paul McCartney was on a British talk show last week and let the world know, in no uncertain terms, what he thinks of the man who shot his bandmate and friend John Lennon. He said the crazed shooter was the "jerk of all jerks."

Dutch populist Wilders to be tried for 'fewer Moroccans' vow

Den Haag - Dutch far-right populist lawmaker Geert Wilders is be tried for inciting racial hatred after pledging in March to ensure there were "fewer Moroccans" in the Netherlands, prosecutors said Thursday.

Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin fame writing new songs, seeks new band

In an interview with the U.K.'s biggest music magazine Jimmy Page said this week that he's not just about remastering old Led Zeppelin material, as he did in a project just completed. He is also, he said, still moving forward musically.

U.S.Mother charged for giving her children marijuana for ailments

A woman in Cadillac, Michigan has been charged with three counts of child abuse for giving her 10- and 12-year-old children marijuana. She says that she was giving her two boys pot to treat medical conditions.

Is cure for men's infertility as simple as fixing overall health?

A study released last week has found that infertility in men is often linked to other health issues. Study authors say "semen deficiencies" is why half of infertile couples don't achieve pregnancy and it can be connected to curable health issues.

Op-Ed: Sydney police had to go into Lindt cafe after shots heard inside

Shortly after news spread police had stormed the Lindt cafe in Sydney and two hostages and the gunman had died criticisms of police appeared online. But those critics did not have all the facts and were wrong to say the police had made the wrong call.

Dutch reject UN call to feed, shelter homeless migrants

Den Haag - The Dutch government on Tuesday rejected a call from UN rights experts to provide thousands of homeless migrants with food and shelter during the bitter north European winter.

Treasure trove of dinosaur fossils found in bonebed near Edmonton

A massive trove of dinosaur remains the likes of which has rarely been discovered anywhere has been revealed in Monday's issue of the monthly 'Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences.' It details work in the Danek Edmontosaurus Bonebed south of Edmonton.

Man who killed John Lennon seeks forgiveness from Yoko Ono

Mark David Chapman, the man who shot Beatle John Lennon dead 34 years ago this month, has written to Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, and asked her to forgive him. Chapman's wife says she has also written Ono.

Canada Health body calls for legal sex-trade, health regulations

The Canadian Public Health Association released a paper Friday calling for legalized prostitution that is regulated to improve the health and lives of sex-trade workers. Current occupational health and safety regulations should be used, it said.

Op-Ed: Christmas truces of World War I: Lessons in giving peace a chance

I am grateful for the goodness Christmas brings and while I've advocated it come but once each four years, like the Olympics, I paradoxically wish it were Christmas every day. Because to those who celebrate it, it can have a marvelous and peaceful effect.

Native Americans can now grow, sell pot on reservations in U.S.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Thursday that Native American tribes will now be able to grow and to sell marijuana on their lands. Even if the state the tribe is in has not legalized marijuana tribes will not be held to that state's laws.

Drug smuggling: U.S.customs finds cocaine in packages of custard

Drug smuggling doesn't usually get this sweet: a woman was caught trying to smuggle cocaine into the U.S., okay, allegedly, in packets of custard and milk powder. She was trying to do after arriving on a flight in New York.

I.Coast's Ble Goude to face trial for crimes against humanity

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court on Thursday ordered a close ally of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo, Charles Ble Goude, to stand trial for crimes against humanity linked to a 2010-11 post-election crisis.

Female teacher on trial for rape of student, a 13-year-old boy

A 32-year-old teacher, now former-teacher, from Siloam Springs, Arkansas went back to court today to begin her trial on suspicion of raping a 13-year-old student. The woman was charged in August and resigned her teaching position a month later.

MH17 wreckage arrives at Dutch base

Dronten - A convoy carrying wreckage from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived at a Dutch airbase on Tuesday where it will be pieced together as part of a probe into its shooting down over Ukraine.

Weight loss: Study finds obese people can lose 8 years of life

Being overweight or obese could take eight years from your life, a new Canadian study found. There are also other hazards to a lack of weight control and the researchers said people are largely "ignorant" of many problems being overweight can cause.

U.S. central command reports 20 air strikes against IS in 2 days

U.S. central command said Friday that America and partner states conducted 20 air strikes on the Islamic State between Wednesday and Friday nights. Many of those strikes were directed at the battle-weary town of Kobani, others in northern Iraq.

Kenya's president 'vindicated' after ICC drops charges

Den Haag - Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta said he had been "vindicated" after the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor dropped charges of crimes against humanity against him on Friday.
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