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Boko Haram slaughtered civilians in weekend attack: witness

Kano - Boko Haram gunmen massacred residents who tried to jump into Lake Chad seeking safety and burnt others alive after overpowering soldiers in a weekend attack in the restive region, a witness said Monday.

Burundi police break up new protests against president

Bujumbura - Police in Burundi battled protesters Monday in a second day of demonstrations over a bid by the central African nation's president for a third term in office.

Half of world's rural populations cannot access health care: UN

Ginebra - More than half the population of rural areas worldwide do not have access to basic health care, with four in five rural Africans lacking services, the United Nations said Monday.

Teen becomes sensation after carrying home elderly man's shopping

Horwich - A teenage worker at the Aldi supermarket has become a worldwide internet sensation after walking an elderly man and his shopping home.

Australian trafficker marries before Indonesia execution

Cilacap - An Australian drug trafficker married his girlfriend Monday on the Indonesian prison island where he is set to be executed soon, his brother said, urging the country's president to show compassion to the newlyweds.

Leading rights activist arrested in Burundi: lawyer

Bujumbura - Police in Burundi on Monday arrested leading human rights activist Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa, his lawyer said, after violent protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in power.

Kazakh presidential poll criticised by international monitors

Astana - Western monitors on Monday slammed the lack of choice in Kazakhstan's presidential election, which was won by incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev with 97.7 percent of the vote.

Israel charges soldiers over looting during Gaza war

Jerusalem - Israeli military prosecutors have filed charges against three soldiers for alleged theft from Palestinians, and related offences, during last summer's Gaza war, the military said on Monday.

City sues 'flushable' wipes over clogged sewers

Wyoming - Wyoming, Minnesota, is suing makers of 'flushable' wipes because they are clogging sewer systems and waste water treatment plants.

Sudan's Bashir reelected with more than 94% of vote

Khartoum - Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was reelected on Monday with more than 94 percent of the vote in polls in which he he had faced no serious challenger, organisers said.

Nazarbayev: Kazakhstan's moderniser with an authoritarian streak

Astana - A shepherd's son who counts former British prime minister Tony Blair and Russian President Vladimir Putin among his admirers, Kazakhstan's Nursultan Nazarbayev has overseen two decades of change in his Central Asian country, while remaining entrenched ...

Nepal quake affects almost one million children: UNICEF

New Delhi - Almost one million children urgently need help after an earthquake claimed more than 3,200 lives in Nepal, the UN children's agency said, as relief workers raced to help the most vulnerable.

Pacquiao begs Indonesian leader Joko Widodo to save OFW Veloso

Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao begs Indonesia President Joko Widodo to spare the life a Filipino overseas worker who is scheduled to be executed by firing squad on Tuesday in a remote Indonesian island.

Pacquiao pleads for Indonesia to spare death row Filipina

Manila - World boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao took time out Monday from final preparations for his $400 million megafight with Floyd Mayweather to plead for the life of a Filipina on death row in Indonesia.

France, Australia condemn death penalty as Indonesia executions loom: Paris

Paris - French President Francois Hollande and his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott reiterated their opposition to the death penalty "in all cases" on Monday as executions loom in Indonesia for three of their citizens.

Thousands beg Australia not to deport autistic Filipino boy

Sydney - A 10-year-old autistic Filipino boy made an emotional plea Monday for permission to stay in Australia, as tens of thousands called for him not to be deported despite the potential cost of his condition.

Acidic oceans killed off ancient marine species

Nottingham - Massive die-offs of almost every marine species millions of years ago were the result of a surge of carbon dioxide in the world's oceans, creating acidic seas.

Evidence in support of a probiotic for gut health

Eating a probiotic encourages the activity of beneficial gut microbes, leading to improved gut health. This is according to a new study using a special live yogurt.

Banknotes or airport? Singapore mulls Lee Kuan Yew tribute

Singapore - Lee Kuan Yew International Airport? A banknote with the founding Singaporean leader's face on it? A new national holiday?

Pakistan 'mini-cyclone' death toll rises to 44: Officials

Peshawar - A severe storm in northwest Pakistan, dubbed a "mini-cyclone", has killed 44 people and injured more than 200, officials said Monday, raising their previous death toll.
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