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Lebanese troops attacked Islamist gunmen holed up in the historic market of the northern city of Tripoli Saturday, after deadly clashes rocked the longtime tourist attraction, an AFP correspondent reported.

Nigerian drug mule dies at Madrid Airport over Ebola fears

A drug smuggler of Nigerian origins was left to die at Madrid-Barajas airport, after the bags of cocaine inside his body burst, over fears he might be suffering from Ebola. An emergency alert was activated but the man died.

Botswana ruling party leads in early election results

Botswana's ruling party was leading in most local council constituencies as general election results trickled in Saturday, but opposition parties made a strong showing in the capital, the electoral commission said.

Iran hangs woman in defiance of international campaign

Iran executed Saturday a 26-year-old woman who had spent five years on death row for the murder of a former intelligence official, defying international pressure to spare her life.

Brazil poll rivals clash over corruption claim

Brazil's presidential candidates clashed over corruption allegations in a final debate, as incumbent Dilma Rousseff rejected a report that she knew about a kickback scheme at state oil giant Petrobras.

India 'love jihad' claims fuel Hindu-Muslim tensions

When a Hindu woman tearfully claimed to national media recently she had been kidnapped, raped and forcibly converted to Islam, India's religious hardliners seized the chance to hike their "love jihad" fears.

Grateful for US strikes, Syrian Kurds name baby 'Obama'

Sultan Muslim, a Syrian Kurd, had no doubt what to name her seventh child when he was born, safely in Turkey, after a harrowing month-long flight from her home in Kobane: Obama.

Allies of deposed leader struggling in Ukraine vote

As he campaigned for Ukraine's parliamentary polls, to be held Sunday, Nestor Shufrych was pelted with eggs and injured in a scuffle with nationalists.It's not easy for one-time allies of ousted leader Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine these days.

Israel troops kill US-Palestinian teen in West Bank

Washington confirmed that a Palestinian teenager shot dead by Israeli troops was a US citizen -- the second time this week an American child has fallen victim to the ongoing conflict.

War-scarred Ukraine counts down to key vote

Ukraine voters will go to the polls Sunday in elections set to dramatically reshape parliament, after a year of upheavals in which a deadly pro-Russian uprising has threatened to splinter the ex-Soviet state.

WHO eyes mass Ebola vaccines by mid-2015

Hundreds of thousands of Ebola vaccine doses could be rolled out to West Africa by mid-2015, the World Health Organization said, after a new case of the virus was reported in New York and a two-year-old girl died in the first case in Mali.

Two US states order tough Ebola quarantine rules

New York and New Jersey ordered mandatory quarantine for medics who treated victims of Ebola in West Africa, after the deadly virus spread to America's largest city.

Two dead in US school shooting after online warnings

A US student who had issued chilling warnings on Twitter opened fire in a school cafeteria on Friday, killing at least one person and critically injuring three before taking his own life.

Colombian rebel jailed for 27 years over US hostage case

A former commander of Colombia's leftist FARC rebels was jailed for 27 years for his role in the 2003 kidnap of three US citizens held captive for five years, the US Justice Department said.

State of emergency in Sinai after bomb kills 30 Egypt soldiers

Egypt declared a three-month state of emergency would begin Saturday in the north and centre of the Sinai Peninsula after a suicide car bombing killed 30 soldiers.

Two cops dead in California shooting spree

Two police officers were killed and two people wounded in California when a man went on a shooting spree, officials said, having finally caught up with the suspect after he went on the run.

Rousseff 'knew about Petrobras' kickbacks: Report

Just days before Brazil's presidential election run-off, rightwing news magazine Veja on Friday accused President Dilma Rousseff and predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of knowing about a kickbacks scheme at state oil giant Petrobras.

Mayoral couple flee after attack on Mexican students

With their designer clothes and jewelry business, Mayor Jose Luis Abarca and his wife Maria de los Angeles Pineda had risen to the pinnacle of this Mexican town, flaunting their wealth and power.

Assad forces retake key central town from Al Qaeda rebels

The Syrian military is taking more territory in the central province of Hama and are reported to have retaken the town of Morek. The town is important because it is close to the crucial Damascus-Aleppo highway arguably the most important road in Syria.

Rousseff up, Neves reeling as Brazil heads to run-off

After a no-holds-barred campaign, Brazil's leftist leader Dilma Rousseff is the favorite heading into a presidential run-off election Sunday against bruised center-right challenger Aecio Neves.

War-scarred Ukraine counts down to key vote

Ukraine wraps up campaigning Friday for a weekend vote that will dramatically reshape parliament after a year of upheavals in which a deadly pro-Russian uprising has threatened to splinter the ex-Soviet state.

Israel troops shoot dead Palestinian teen in West Bank

Israeli troops on Friday shot dead a Palestinian teenager who the army said was about to hurl a petrol bomb at Israeli motorists near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

US school shooting leaves gunman, student dead

A US student who had issued chilling warnings on Twitter opened fire in a school cafeteria on Friday, killing at least one person and critically injuring three before taking his own life.

French court authorises extradition of Kazakh tycoon Ablyazov

A French court on Friday authorised the extradition of exiled Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov to Russia and Ukraine, despite concerns over his safety if the move goes ahead.

US seeking to confirm if IS militants used chlorine gas

Washington is seeking more information on reports that Islamic State militants used chlorine gas against Iraqi police officers last month, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday.

Used to rebuild Warsaw, Jewish tombstones return to cemeteries

Two-year-old Krzys zooms down a slide in Warsaw and shrieks with delight, paying no mind to the workmen who are busy demolishing the playground walls. At first glance, there is nothing special about the old walls.

Exasperation in Calais as Britain-bound migrants pour in

"Fed up", an expression that comes up again and again in the French port city of Calais where residents are faced with a growing tide of hungry, penniless migrants sleeping rough.

Two US nurses are declared cured of Ebola

Two American nurses were declared cured of Ebola on Friday, and one was healthy enough to leave the hospital and meet President Barack Obama for a hug.

Sanctions taint Norway love affair with Russian liberators

In the far north of Norway, sanctions imposed on Russia have left a bitter after-taste as the region celebrates the anniversary of its liberation from Nazi rule by the Soviet army.

Bomb in Egypt's Sinai kills 25 soldiers

A car bomb in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula killed 25 soldiers Friday, in one of the deadliest attacks against security forces since the military deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year.

Angry Cameron vows not to pay new British EU bill

David Cameron furiously rejected a demand from Brussels for more than two billion euros in backdated charges at a summit Friday, setting up a new showdown over Britain's place in the EU.

WHO eyes mass Ebola vaccines by mid-2015

Hundreds of thousands of Ebola vaccine doses could be rolled out to west Africa by mid-2015, the World Health Organization said Friday, after new cases of the virus were reported in New York and a two-year-old girl died in the first case in Mali.

Mother of undercover policeman's child gets £425,000 award

A UK police force will pay compensation of £425,000 ($682,000) to a woman impregnated by an undercover police officer and who subsequently gave birth.

Tunisia police kill 6 'militants' ahead of key polls

Tunisian police killed six suspected militants, five of them women, in a raid on a suburban house Friday after a 28-hour standoff, fanning tensions ahead of a landmark election.

Pro-Russian mood lingers in ex-rebel city as Ukraine vote looms

In the war-scarred city of Slavyansk in east Ukraine few people are looking to the future with hope as they gear up for a parliamentary poll this Sunday.

EU boosts Ebola aid for west Africa to 1.0 billion euros

European Union leaders agreed Friday to boost aid to combat the deadly Ebola virus in west Africa to one billion euros ($1.26 billion), EU president Herman Van Rompuy said."EU will increase financial help to 1.

New York police brand hatchet attack 'terrorist' act

A hatchet attack on New York police officers was a "terrorist act" carried out by a self-radicalized Muslim convert who had been in the military and browsed Al-Qaeda websites, police said Friday.

Israel police on alert after Jerusalem clashes

Israel deployed police in force in Jerusalem Friday for weekly Muslim prayers and restricted access to a flashpoint mosque, after a deadly attack by a Palestinian sent tensions soaring.

Sweden calls off search for mystery subs

Sweden called off a massive hunt Friday for at least one mystery foreign submarine in its waters that had worrying echoes of Cold War stand-offs, after calling the incursion "unacceptable".

Hong Kong protesters to hold street vote

Hong Kong's democracy activists are planning a street vote to gauge protesters' views on conciliatory offers from the government, as the city's former leader on Friday called on them to clear the streets.

Australian doctors transplant 'dead' hearts in surgical breakthrough

Australian surgeons said Friday they have used hearts which had stopped beating in successful transplants, in what they said was a world first that could change the way organs are donated.

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