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The grave-diggers of Maiduguri: burying Boko Haram and the past

Maiduguri - Even the dead weren't safe from Boko Haram when the Islamist insurgency erupted in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri nearly seven years ago.

N. Korea rocket launch an 'outright and grave violation': EU

Brussels - The European Union on Sunday lashed North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket as "yet another outright and grave violation" of its obligations and urged Pyongyang to engage in dialogue with the international community.

Sudanese man shot after stabbing Israeli soldier has died: police

Jerusalem - A man who stabbed and lightly wounded an Israeli soldier on Sunday in the southern city of Ashkelon before being shot was a Sudanese national who has since died of his wounds, police said.

Hondurans mobilize to wipe out Zika

Tegucigalpa - Armed with brooms, spades and hoes, Hondurans by the thousands took part in a day of national mobilization to try and eradicate mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus, the government said.

Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant gets sexually harassed

Microsoft has explained how it trains its Cortana digital assistant, available on Windows, Android and iOS, to respond to the "inappropriate" questions that users often ask. A "good chunk" of early queries asked Cortana about her sex life.

Two migrant women dead from cold in Bulgaria: Minister

Sofia - Two female migrants found dead in a mountainous rural region of Bulgaria died due to freezing conditions, authorities said Sunday, as asylum seekers continue to try to reach the EU despite harsh winter weather.

Algerian lawmakers to vote on constitutional reforms

Alger - Algeria's parliament is expected to adopt a package of constitutional reforms Sunday that authorities say will strengthen democracy, but opponents doubt it will bring real change.

Villagers sow Mexico's booming opium poppies

Los Zacatones - Deep in the southern mountains of Mexico, the cicada-like "tsk-tsk-tsk" of a water sprinkler broke the eerie silence as it sprayed a small parcel of opium poppies.

Turkey ready to let in Syrian refugees 'if necessary'

Kilis - Turkey said it was ready "if necessary" to let in tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing a major Russian-backed regime offensive, as aid agencies warned Sunday of a "desperate" situation.

Ten quotes from the Republican debate

Manchester - Republican candidates for the White House held their eighth debate ahead of the all-important New Hampshire primary election, which takes place Tuesday.Here are 10 of the most memorable quotes from the event, which took place late Saturday. - Buckle up!..

Global outrage over North Korea rocket launch

Seoul - North Korea hailed an "epochal event" but its latest long-range rocket launch Sunday prompted international anger and plans for talks on a US missile defence system for the peninsula.

Five questions about N. Korea's latest rocket launch

Seoul - North Korea launched a long-range rocket Sunday, triggering fresh outrage from an international community already determined to punish Pyongyang for a nuclear test last month.

China school sees monkey business in New Year

Dongying - Macaques in frilly dresses turn backflips and answer maths questions for crowds of screaming children at a Chinese monkey school, where trainers teach them to waltz and play rock drums.

Chronology of North Korean missile development

Seoul - North Korea on Sunday launched a long-range rocket seen by much of the outside world as a covert test of ballistic missile technology for a future weapons system capable of striking the US mainland.

Economy, security woes dent popularity of Canada's Trudeau

Ottawa - One hundred days after Justin Trudeau's Liberal government was sworn in, the still-popular Canadian prime minister faces mounting criticism, against the backdrop of a floundering economy and terror fears.

Canada's Justin Trudeau: Key dates in his first 100 days

Ottawa - In his first three months as Canada's prime minister, Justin Trudeau, 44, has traveled abroad extensively and has made symbolic changes in the way the government serves its citizens.

Rise in number of suspected jihadists blocked from leaving Australia

Sydney - The rate at which suspected jihadists are being blocked from departing Australia has doubled in the past year, a report said Sunday, amid a government crackdown of its nationals travelling to Iraq or Syria to fight.

Op-Ed: UN SRSG in Libya, Martin Kobler, urges HoR to approve new GNA

Tobruk - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General(SRSG) in Libya, Martin Kobler, in a news release, stresses the importance of a vote approving the new GNA cabinet list by the internationally-recognized House of Representatives (HoR).

Thatcher would have backed UK staying in EU: Advisor

London - Former prime minister Margaret Thatcher would have supported David Cameron's draft renegotiation of Britain's EU terms of membership, her closest advisor said Sunday.

Taiwan rescuers race to save 120 buried by quake

Tainan - Rescuers raced Sunday to free more than 120 people buried under the rubble of an apartment complex felled by an earthquake in southern Taiwan that left 28 confirmed dead, as an investigation began into the collapse.
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