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Nigeria’s Boko Haram unrest: African leaders urged to act
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Nigeria's Boko Haram unrest: African leaders urged to act BBC News Africa 26 January 2015 African states should act quickly and collectively to curb the growing threat posed by Nigeria's militant Islamists, the African Union chief has said. Cross-border raids into Cameroon showed the dangers the Boko Haram group posed, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said. Nigeria has rejected AU or UN intervention, saying regional armies are capable of dealing with the threat.

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U.S. hits Yemen with drone strike, closes embassy to public amid upheaval
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U.S. hits Yemen with drone strike, closes embassy to public amid upheaval Barbara Starr and Josh Levs, CNN 27 January 2015   (CNN)The United States has launched a fresh drone strike on Yemen and closed its embassy to the public, days after the U.S.-backed government crumbled under an uprising from Shiite Houthi rebels. The drone strike -- the latest in a long string of them by the Obama administration -- is the first since last week's dramatic

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Jordan: ISIS Issues New Threat Against Hostages
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ISIS Issues New Threat Against Hostages Rod Nordland, New York Times 27 January 2015   AMMAN, Jordan — The Islamic State appeared to issue a new ultimatum Tuesday, with an audio message giving the Jordanian government 24 hours or less to release a female terrorist or else the militants will kill not only a Japanese hostage but also a captured Jordanian pilot. In the audio message, a man who said he was the Japanese hostage, the freelance journalist

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Two rockets from Syria strike Israeli-occupied Golan: Israeli military
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Two rockets from Syria strike Israeli-occupied Golan: Israeli military Jeffrey Heller, Reuters 27 January 2015   (Reuters) - At least two rockets from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday and Israel returned fire, the military said, nine days after an Israeli air strike in Syria killed an Iranian general and several Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas. An Israeli military spokesman said the army "responded with artillery towards

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Greece’s new prime minister wants Germany to pay for Nazi war crimes
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Greece’s new prime minister wants Germany to pay for Nazi war crimes Washington Post 26 January 2015   After the seismic victory of Greece’s leftist Syriza party in national polling Sunday, the country’s new prime minister, 40-year-old Alexis Tsipras, is leading all of Europe down an uncertain path. Syriza has vowed to renegotiate the crippling debts saddled on the Greek economy by European lenders — a move that some fear could threaten

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Nine Ukrainian soldiers killed in ‘tense’ eastern conflict: Kiev military
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Nine Ukrainian soldiers killed in 'tense' eastern conflict: Kiev military Reuters 27 January 2015   (Reuters) - Nine Ukrainian servicemen have been killed in fighting Russian-backed separatists in the past 24 hours, the Kiev military said on Tuesday, as rebels fought to encircle a key town straddling transport routes between their two strongholds. Violence in eastern Ukraine is at by far its worst since a ceasefire was agreed last September

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UN: deadly attack on Ukraine city could be war crime
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UN: deadly attack on Ukraine city could be war crime Associated Press 26 January 2015   UNITED NATIONS — Deadly rocket attacks on the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol this weekend that “knowingly targeted civilians” violated international humanitarian law and could amount to war crimes, the U.N. political chief said Monday. Jeffrey Feltman told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council that monitors from the Organization for Security

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Bosnia: Sponsored walk to remember genocide
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Sponsored walk to remember genocide Jon Macpherson, AccringtonObserver 26 January 2015   A councillor from Great Harwood will take part in a sponsored 63-mile walk for families left devastated by genocide. Noordad Aziz is putting a team together to walk the route from Tuzla to Srebrenica in Bosnia on the 20th anniversary of the genocide which saw 8,000 people murdered. Coun Aziz said he was inspired to take part in the annual peace walk through

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Some Holocaust lessons being forgotten as survivors gather at Auschwitz 70 years on
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Some Holocaust lessons being forgotten as survivors gather at Auschwitz 70 years on Vanessa Gera, The Associated Press 26 January 2015   OSWIECIM, Poland - A decade ago, 1,500 Holocaust survivors travelled to Auschwitz to mark the 60th anniversary of the death camp's liberation. On Tuesday, for the 70th anniversary, organizers are expecting 300, the youngest in their 70s. "In 10 years there might be just one," said Zygmunt Shipper, an 85-year-old

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Africa’s Islamic state
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Africa’s Islamic state Winnipeg Free Press 25 January 2015   Deflecting blame is a skill prized by politicians the world over. Many could, however, still learn a thing or two from President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, who has found no end of scapegoats for Boko Haram, a vicious insurgent group in the northeast of Africa’s most populous country. Jonathan’s most common evasion is the assertion that Boko Haram is a regional problem that

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