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Nigeria and France on Thursday signed an agreement on closer military cooperation, including intelligence sharing, to strengthen the fight against Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region.

Chile ordered to pay $2.7 million to 2010 tsunami victims

A Chilean court ordered the government Thursday to pay $2.7 million to the families of 20 people killed by a devastating tsunami in 2010.

Spanish government in tug-of-war with family over Lorca archive

Spanish authorities and the family of the late poet Federico Garcia Lorca, who was killed during the civil war, are engaged in a fierce battle over what to do with his archive.

Venezuela lawmakers vote to sack food minister for shortages

Venezuela's legislature voted Thursday to sack the government's food minister for the grave shortages citizens are suffering in the country's economic crisis.

Suspect in Cologne sex assaults caught near German-Swiss border

A key suspect in the New Year's Eve mass sexual assaults in Cologne was spotted shoplifting in southern Germany and arrested across the border in Switzerland, authorities said Thursday.

24 police injured, three seriously, in French labour protests: govt

Twenty-four policemen were injured Thursday in French protests against labour reforms, including three seriously in Paris, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.

Germany calls for welfare curbs for EU immigrants

Germany on Thursday proposed limiting access to welfare benefits for EU immigrants, after Britain won the right to impose such curbs in controversial reforms to its ties with the bloc.

UN Council considers response to N.Korea missile test

The UN Security Council is weighing a response to North Korea's failed test-firing of ballistic missiles, diplomats said Thursday following emergency closed-door talks in New York.

Violent clashes at French protests over labour reforms

Violence flared in Paris and other French cities on Thursday as at least 170,000 workers and students made a new push for the withdrawal of a hotly contested labour bill.

Does Abdeslam hold key to Paris attacks probe?

Salah Abdeslam is sitting on a potential goldmine of information as the last surviving member of the Paris attacks terror squad.

Russian novelist Ulitskaya attacked at awards ceremony: rights group

Activists on Thursday attacked prominent Russian writer Lyudmila Ulitskaya, schoolchildren and other participants at a prize ceremony organised by rights campaign group Memorial, which exposes Stalin-era repression.

'All Belgians to get iodine pills' in case of nuclear accident

Belgium is to provide iodine pills to its entire population of around 11 million people to protect against radioactivity in case of a nuclear accident, the health minister was quoted as saying Thursday.

Murders force Bangladeshi gay rights activists underground

Xulhaz Mannan was a rallying figure for Bangladesh's marginalised but increasingly outspoken lesbian, gay and transgender community, but his brutal murder has dealt a huge blow to the movement and forced some of its leaders underground.

India asks Britain to deport liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya

India's foreign ministry said Thursday it has asked Britain to deport the embattled former airline boss Vijay Mallya, who faces a money laundering investigation.

Ukraine ceasefire violations 'highest in months': OSCE

Ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine have reached their highest level in months, with violence again reaching "worrying levels," the chief OSCE monitor said Thursday.

'Dozens dead' in Aleppo clashes

At least 38 civilians were killed and dozens more wounded in fresh violence in Syria's second city Aleppo on Thursday, a monitoring group said.

Syria army readies Aleppo offensive as civilian toll rises

The Syrian army was preparing an offensive to retake the northern city of Aleppo, where 53 civilians were killed in fighting Thursday in a new blow to a tattered truce.

Indian police, Hindu hardliners halt church wedding

A group of hardline Hindu activists and police stormed a church in central India and stopped a wedding midway after accusing the pastor of forcefully converting the bride to Christianity, an official said Thursday.

U.S. toddler shoots mother dead

A toddler riding in the back of a car accidentally shot dead his mother with a gun that slid out from under the driver's seat, US police said.

China imposes controversial controls on foreign NGOs

China passed a controversial new law Thursday giving police wide-ranging powers over overseas charities and banning them from recruiting members or raising funds in the country, prompting an immediate outcry.

Showdown talks as Italy fumes over Austria migrant 'slap'

Italy and Austria were set for showdown talks Thursday as Italian politicians and media reacted furiously to Vienna's new anti-migrant measures that could close the border between the two countries.

Turkey arrests 12 in bid to identify female bomber: Report

Turkish police on Thursday arrested 12 suspects as they stepped up efforts to identify a female bomber who blew herself up in the city of Bursa, wounding 13 people, state media said.

Italy to start fingerprinting migrants at sea

Italy is to introduce the fingerprinting of migrants crossing the Mediterranean as soon as they are picked up by rescue boats, officials say.

Two North Korea missile tests fail: South

North Korea on Thursday made two failed bids to test fire a powerful, new medium-range ballistic missile, in a thwarted display of military strength ahead of a landmark ruling party congress.

India court rejects French woman's extradition challenge

India's top court on Thursday rejected a French woman's challenge against extradition to Chile, where she is wanted over the assassination of a key supporter of General Augusto Pinochet's military regime.

Mexican soldiers, police to face torture trial

Three federal police officers and two soldiers will face trial on torture charges after a video surfaced showing a woman being nearly suffocated with a bag, authorities said Wednesday.

Australia talks tough on asylum-seekers

Australia cannot be "misty-eyed" about boatpeople, the country's prime minister said Thursday, the day after his immigration policy was thrown into disarray when Papua New Guinea ordered an offshore processing camp to close.

Putin hails first rocket launch from new cosmodrome after delay

Russia launched the first rocket from its new Vostochny cosmodrome on Thursday, with President Vladimir Putin hailing the event after dressing down officials over a delay caused by a technical glitch.

Mexico's top investigator denies misconduct in missing case

Mexico's head of criminal investigations denied that authorities misrepresented key evidence in the disappearance of 43 students after foreign experts denounced "severe irregularities" in the case.

North Korea video appeal by family of 'kidnapped' daughter

North Korea has released a video appeal by the parents of one of 12 waitresses that Pyongyang insists were kidnapped by South Korean agents from the restaurant where they were working in China.

My name? Make it simple: Czechia!

Czech Republic and/or Czechia? Ever since gaining independence after their peaceful split with Slovakia in 1993, the Czechs have been poring over a correct short form for their country's name.

Australia warned of 'eroding' gun laws, 20 years after massacre

Australia marked 20 years since its last mass shooting Thursday as campaigners warned its gun laws, which were severely tightened after the massacre, are being eroded.

Obama looking for laughs one last time

Once a year, the US president attends a party he can't avoid and is asked to make Washington laugh.

Syria ceasefire should be 'revitalised' before peace talks resume

The UN's Syria envoy said on Thursday he planned to hold another round of peace talks next month, but called for a stuttering ceasefire to be "revitalised" before setting a date, as at least 20 civilians were killed in second city Aleppo.

Sick of crisis, Venezuelans line up to recall Maduro

Venezuelans lined up to seek a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro, exasperated with a grinding crisis that has paralyzed government offices five days a week and triggered rolling blackouts.

20 killed in Syrian regime strikes on Aleppo: civil defence group

At least 20 civilians were killed late Wednesday in regime strikes on a hospital and nearby residential building in the Syrian city of Aleppo, civil defence volunteers known as the White Helmets said.

Rio exhibit celebrates Brazil's 'first' man in flight

One of Brazil's most famous and eccentric heroes, the aviation pioneer Santos Dumont, lifts off again with an exhibition in Rio's new Museum of Tomorrow.

Burundi govt won't join crisis talks unless consulted

Burundi's government on Wednesday refused to participate in stalled talks to end months of political crisis unless it was first consulted on who else was taking part.

Only one in five European films made by women, says report

Only one film in five in Europe is made by a woman director, according to a new report which calls for positive discrimination to combat the imbalance.

New Eurogroup Greece meeting within next two weeks: Dijsselbloem

Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem on Wednesday said the next Eurogroup meeting of eurozone finance ministers to discuss debt-crippled Greece could take place within the next two weeks."I don't have a deadline.

Global press freedom at 12-year low, watchdog says

Global press freedom fell in 2015, hit by violence against journalists in the Middle East, intimidation in Mexico and concerns about free expression in Hong Kong, a watchdog said Wednesday.