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Documents related to the Nanjing massacre, a Japanese military rampage that Beijing says killed 300,000 people in 1937, were inscribed Friday in the Memory of the World register kept by the UN's scientific and cultural body.

US halts failed program to train Syrian rebels

Washington was forced Friday to admit the failure of its plan to create Syrian rebel units to fight the Islamic State, vowing instead to arm select local leaders.

Migrant injured after jumping on Eurotunnel shuttle to Britain

A 17-year-old from Eritrea was seriously injured Friday after making an apparent bid to jump on a Eurotunnel shuttle from France to Britain, a firefighter said, adding that his life was not in danger.

Peru protesters tell IMF 'imperialists' to go home

Activists marched through the Peruvian capital Friday to protest what they called the anti-poor policies of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, which are holding their annual meetings here.

Portuguese centre-right TV star billed to win presidential poll

The former leader of Portugal's centre-right Social Democratic Party (PSD) and prominent television commentator Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on Friday announced his bid to run for the presidency in next January's election.

Gaza rocket hits Israel after deadly clashes: army

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip launched a rocket at Israel early Saturday, the army said, just hours after six Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire during border clashes.

Development banks pledge $15 bln in new climate funds: officials

Development banks including the World Bank have pledged an additional $15 billion a year by 2020 to fight climate change, taking the world closer to the clutch target of $100 billion, officials said Friday.

Hedge fund threatens to sue Peru over debt: sources

A US hedge fund is threatening to sue Peru for payment of defaulted debts issued by its former military regime, sources said Friday, with one activist group condemning the action as "predatory.

Brazil corruption scandal could top $5.3 bn: prosecutor

Damage from the gargantuan corruption scandal centered on Brazilian state oil company Petrobras could amount to as much as 20 billion reais ($5.3 billion), a lead prosecutor said Friday.

Obama meets Oregon families as two more die in campus shootings

US President Barack Obama met in Oregon Friday with relatives of victims of a deadly rampage at a community college, as shootings on two more school campuses left two people dead and four wounded.

Turkish police detain newspaper editor for 'insulting Erdogan'

Turkish police on Friday detained the editor of a leading English-language daily newspaper on suspicion of "insulting" President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a series of tweets.

U.S. judge OKs $338 mn settlement in Canada rail disaster

A US bankruptcy court approved Friday a Can$445 million ($338 million) settlement for victims of the fiery 2013 Lac-Megantic rail disaster in Quebec that killed 47 people.

Madagascar: four sentenced to hard labour for life over mob lynching

A Madagascar court handed four men the maximum sentence Friday of hard labour for life over the mob lynching in 2013 of two Europeans and a local man, who were beaten and then burned on a beach.

Health groups slam Ukraine for slow polio response

Global health groups accused Ukraine on Friday of being critically late and ineffective in responding to Europe's first polio outbreak since 2010.

France closes Louvre museum Israeli discrimination case

The French justice system on Friday closed an official investigation into allegations that the Louvre museum in Paris discriminated against Israeli students who wished to visit the world-famous museum, finding no proof to back the claim.

California agency bans captive orca breeding at SeaWorld

On Thursday, the California Coastal Commission approved a $100 million expansion of tanks used to hold killer whales at SeaWorld in San Diego.

Austria's far-right leader aims to conquer Vienna's 'red bastion'

Boosted by a surge in popularity during Europe's migrant crisis, the leader of Austria's far-right Freedom Party, Heinz-Christian Strache, hopes to finally break the Socialists' 70-year reign in Vienna in Sunday's regional election.

Russian maker of missile that destroyed MH17 to explain disaster

The Russian manufacturer of the missile system blamed for shooting down flight MH17 said Friday it would unveil the "real reasons" for the disaster on the same day Dutch investigators present their final report on the tragedy.

Tensions rise ahead of Guinea presidential poll

Tensions flared in Guinea ahead of Sunday's presidential election, only the country's second such democratic vote, as the opposition warned of fraud and incumbent President Alpha Conde appealed for a massive victory.

Lemkos: Abandoned minority of shattered Ukraine war zone

Partially blind Tetyana has been living near the skeletal remains of a rebel-held airport in eastern Ukraine and surviving off hand-picked vegetables since war gripped the EU's backyard last year.

Coalition warplanes bomb Yemen rebels

Warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition raided positions of the Iran-backed Shiite insurgents east of the rebel-held capital Friday, military sources said.

Russian air force 'hits 60 terror targets' in new Syria strikes

Russia's air force hit more than 60 "terrorist targets" in Syria over the past 24 hours, Moscow's military said Friday, significantly ramping up its bombing campaign in the war-torn country.

UN warns of winter tragedy as migrant crisis lingers

The UN refugee chief on Friday urged the EU to speed up its response to Europe's migrant crisis, warning of a looming tragedy if thousands of people are caught on the move when winter hits.

Boko Haram's child victims learn to smile again at Niger camp

In a shed at the heart of the Assaga refugee camp in southeast Niger, around 50 children sing and dance, masking the deep emotional trauma inflicted on them by Boko Haram.

Pentagon scaling back Syria rebel training: officials

The Pentagon said Friday it will halt its troubled program to build Syrian rebel units to fight the Islamic State and focus instead on training and arming vetted leaders already on the ground."The model before was we were training infantry-type units.

UN backs EU military action against migrant smugglers

The UN Security Council on Friday approved a European military operation to seize and destroy boats used by migrant smugglers in the Mediterranean after thousands died in dangerous crossings.

Court upholds decision to keep brain-damaged Frenchman alive

A French court on Friday upheld a hospital's decision to keep a brain-damaged man alive in a case that has divided his family.

PKK leader says ready for new Turkey ceasefire

The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) is ready for a new ceasefire with the Turkish authorities despite almost three months of deadly violence, one of its leaders told AFP in an interview at its stronghold in northern Iraq.

Sweden poised for 150,000 asylum seekers this year

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said Friday up to 150,000 people could seek asylum this year in the Scandinavian country, which is struggling to find housing for the new arrivals."In the past seven days, 8,899 people arrived here.

Unrest spreads to Gaza as Israeli troops kill 5 Palestinians

A week of violence between Israelis and Palestinians spread to the Gaza Strip Friday, with Israeli troops killing five people in clashes on the border and Islamist movement Hamas calling for more unrest.

Nigeria's former oil minister will fight graft claims: Lawyer

Nigeria's former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke will strongly contest corruption allegations against her once she has recovered from breast cancer treatment, her family's lawyer told AFP on Friday.

Op-Ed: NY school employee — black students look like 'gang in the hood'

Several African-American fifth-graders were hanging out together at lunchtime when a support staff employee at Catskill Elementary School allegedly told the kids that they looked like a 'gang in the 'hood.'

Greek island struggling to be ready as EU 'hotspot' centre

Inside the barbed-wire enclosure of Moria, Greece's main migrant camp on Lesbos island, a visiting EU leader learns for the first time how far exhausted Syrian refugees have to walk to begin their long journey to Europe."Sixty kilometres?

Ousted Rome mayor warns of mafia return

Rome's mayor cried foul on Friday after being forced to resign over an expenses row and warned the Italian capital could succumb once more to organised crime.

Wave of stabbings shake Israel and West Bank

A fresh wave of stabbings shook Israel and the West Bank on Friday, including a suspected revenge attack by a Jewish suspect that wounded two Palestinians and two Arab Israelis.

EU set to suspend sanctions against Belarus's Lukashenko

The EU is ready to suspend sanctions against Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko after he released the country's last political prisoners, European sources told AFP Friday, two days ahead of elections in Belarus.

Key dates in Tunisia since popular revolt

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to Tunisia's "National Dialogue Quartet" for building democracy after the 2011 revolution which unleashed the Arab Spring.Below are key dates since the uprising that toppled president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

IS at outskirts of Syria's Aleppo despite Russian raids

Islamic State group fighters advanced Friday to the outskirts of Syria's second city Aleppo, despite 10 days of Russian air strikes that Moscow says are aimed at routing the jihadists.

Iran declines to confirm hit by Russia missiles

Iran on Friday declined to confirm a claim by a US official that Russian missiles targeting rebels in Syria crashed in its territory this week.

How IS's black flag became the symbol of modern jihad

Whether fluttering over the ruins of a captured city in Iraq or Syria, or in the background of gruesome execution videos, the black flag used by the Islamic State group has become an instantly recognisable symbol of modern global jihad.

Nine dead, one missing after Philippine jail fire

Nine prisoners were killed when fire ripped through the psychiatric ward of a provincial jail, Philippine authorities said Friday, adding the facility was operating at more than double its capacity.
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