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France on Friday warmly accepted the offer of a puppy from Russia as a replacement for a police dog named Diesel which was killed during operations after the November 13 terror attacks in Paris.

El Salvador condemns bishop accused of raping girl

A "well-loved" senior bishop in El Salvador who is also a prominent Church historian was Friday condemned by government officials and a rights organization after being accused of repeatedly raping a girl in the 1980s.

Hollande fears handful could block climate summit

French President Francois Hollande called on all countries to back a UN climate deal at talks opening in Paris on Monday, but said he feared "a few" nations could derail the process.

Thousands protest police shooting in Chicago

Thousands of protesters blocked traffic and barred shoppers from entering stores during the Black Friday sales extravaganza to demand justice for a black teen killed by a Chicago police officer.

No known terrorist threat to Rio Olympics: official

Brazil is preparing to deal with a terrorist attack at the Rio Olympics but has no information of any planned plots, the country's intelligence chief told AFP Friday."We have no information about a terrorist cell preparing in Brazil.

Drowned Aylan's family to be admitted to Canada

Some surviving relatives of drowned Kurdish toddler Aylan Kurdi, whose beached corpse became a global symbol of the Syrian refugee crisis, will be admitted to Canada, broadcaster CBC reported Friday.

Several wounded in shooting at US family planning center

Several people were wounded Friday when a shootout erupted between police and a gunman at a Planned Parenthood family planning center in the US state of Colorado.

Dutch to double places for asylum-seekers

The Netherlands will double the number of beds and shelters for tens of thousands of asylum-seekers after striking a deal with local authorities, officials said Friday amid a burgeoning refugee crisis.

Paris attacks put no-hope Belgian town in terror spotlight

The terror spotlight has returned to the Belgian rustbelt town of Verviers in the wake of the Paris attacks, frustrating locals who hoped to turn the page following a deadly jihadist shootout in JanuaryTwo arrests and a series of house searches in rece...

Pope hails Africa as 'continent of hope'

Pope Francis hailed Africa as "a continent of hope" on Friday as he toured Uganda on the second leg of a landmark trip that has seen him railing against corruption and poverty.

Erdogan dolls burned, buried as Russia fumes at Turkey

Moscow's fury over Ankara's downing of a Russian warplane on the Syrian border was on full display Friday as pro-government activists staged anti-Turkey rallies, even parading a life-size doll of its president in a coffin.

Russia-Turkey war of words escalates over downed warplane

Moscow slapped sanctions on Ankara on Friday as the war of words over a downed Russian warplane escalated, with Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan warning Russia not to "play with fire".

Former Ivory Coast leader Gbagbo 'fit for trial': ICC

Former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo has been declared "physically and mentally able" to stand trial for crimes against humanity trial next year, the International Criminal Court said Friday.

Refugee crisis tests Sweden's lofty aim of 'equality for all'

Aneta Moura, who emigrated to Sweden from Greece 43 years ago, says the last ethnic Swede has moved off her street in Malmo's Rosengard neighbourhood and youths with nothing to do hang out on the streets at all hours.

21 die in Nigeria Shiite Muslim march suicide attack

At least 21 people were killed on Friday when a suicide bomber blew himself up in the crowds at a Shia Muslim procession near the north Nigerian city of Kano, in the latest violence to hit the troubled region.

Sixth person charged in Belgium over Paris attacks: prosecutor

A Belgian judge on Friday charged a sixth suspect with terrorism offences in connection with the Paris attacks, prosecutors said, as the country pushes on with its investigation into links to the November 13 atrocities.

1,000 Saudi Shiites demand release of death row activists

About 1,000 members of Saudi Arabia's Shiite minority gathered at a mosque Friday to demand the release of activists on death row, including one aged 17 when he was arrested, a resident said.

Alleged spy Gross felt abandoned by U.S. in Cuba

US contractor Alan Gross says he was mistreated by his captors and felt abandoned by his own government after Cuba arrested him and accused him of spying.

Suspicious boats with decomposed bodies found drifting off Japan

Japan is investigating nearly a dozen suspicious boats recently found drifting off the country's coastline, some with decaying bodies aboard, officials said Friday, as media speculated they came from North Korea.

Iran says tests will show how diplomat died in Saudi Arabia

Iran expects medical tests to establish within 48 hours if a high-ranking diplomat died on pilgrimage in the stampede at the hajj in Saudi Arabia, following contrasting accounts about his demise.

Germany frees two held for alleged 'act of violence' plot: Police

German police said Friday they had released two men detained on suspicion of planning a "serious act of violence" following raids in Berlin targeting Islamists.

Sirens ring out as air strikes hit IS Syria stronghold

In the Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold of Raqa, sirens ring out whenever a warplane approaches as jihadists flee their posts and vehicles to hide, activists say.

Erdogan wants to meet Putin 'face to face' in Paris

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday he wanted to meet Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the climate summit in Paris after the downing of a Russian warplane.

Desperate Cubans mass at Nicaragua's closed border

Cuban migrants aiming for a new life in the US but stranded in Costa Rica by a Nicaragua border firmly closed to them expressed mounting anger and desperation on Thursday.

Two Palestinians ram cars into Israeli troops, shot dead

Two Palestinians rammed their cars into Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank on Friday, injuring seven, before being killed, raising this week's death toll from Palestinian-Israeli violence to 11.

Six children die as migrant boats sink off Turkey: Report

At least six children drowned on Friday in two separate incidents when their boats sank off Turkey while trying to make the risky crossing to Greece, state media reported.

Polish prosecutors uphold decision not to extradite Polanski

Polish prosecutors said Friday they would not appeal a court decision to extradite Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski to the United States to face sentencing for statutory rape.

Queen Elizabeth kicks off Commonwealth summit with climate focus

World leaders gathered for pressing talks on climate change as the 2015 Commonwealth summit launched Friday following a colourful ceremony led by Queen Elizabeth II.

Parched, famished Niger hard hit by climate change

When yet another drought wiped out his flock five years ago, Toro, a Fulani shepherd in Niger, decided to migrate to the capital Niamey, where he found work selling cell phones instead.

Turkey 'temporarily' suspends Syria air strikes after Russia spat

NATO member Turkey has "temporarily" suspended air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria after the downing of a Russian warplane on the Syrian border sparked a major row with Moscow, local media reported on Friday.

German arms dealer 'probed over possible link to Paris attacks'

German prosecutors said Friday they were investigating whether an illegal arms dealer had sold four assault rifles to a person in the French capital and whether there were "possible links to the attacks in Paris".

Palestinian hits Israeli soldiers with car in West Bank, shot dead

A Palestinian rammed his car into Israeli soldiers at a bus station in the occupied West Bank Friday before being shot dead, police said. "A Palestinian car hit two Israelis standing by a bus station (near Kfar Adumim).

Kenyan slum children offer gifts to welcome pope

They came through the narrow and muddy streets in the rain long before dawn, intent on seeing Pope Francis as he came to their church in the Kenyan slum of Kangemi.

Miss Canada lashes out at Beijing after contest snub

A Canadian beauty queen lashed out at Beijing on Friday, saying she was barred from boarding a flight from Hong Kong to China to compete in a pageant because of her human rights activism.

Portugal's new PM promises break with austerity

Portugal's new socialist Prime Minister Antonio Costa promised to break "the spiral of austerity" while implementing a "moderate" programme that respects EU budgetary commitments.

IS claims deadly attack on Shiite mosque in Bangladesh

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Friday for a deadly attack on worshippers at a Shiite mosque in northern Bangladesh, as fears grow of a rise in sectarian violence in the mainly Muslim country.

Obama eyes chance to make mark, at last, on climate change

Six years after a fiasco in Copenhagen and a year before he leaves office, a Paris summit offers Barack Obama the chance to make his mark in the fight against climate change.

Hollande vows to crush 'army of fanatics' at solemn ceremony

A solemn ceremony was held Friday for the victims of the Paris attacks, with President Francois Hollande vowing that France would respond to the "army of fanatics" with more songs, concerts and shows.

Canada will end bombing missions against the Islamic State

As promised during their election campaign Trudeau will withdraw its CF-18 fighter jets from the air campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

South Sudan — The refugee crisis the world doesn't talk about

With the world focused on the Syrian refugee crisis and terrorist attacks, a small African country, formed just four years ago, is engulfed in civil war. But it is the tens of thousands of people fleeing the war that are now in desperate straits.

Colombian FARC rebels demand UN monitors for ceasefire

Colombia's FARC rebels called on the United Nations and other international bodies Thursday to monitor proposed safe zones aimed at ending half a century of conflict.
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