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Rights activists: Nigerian soldiers killed children in Shiite raids that left hundreds dead

December
23
,
2015
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LAGOS, Nigeria — Nigerian soldiers fired on unarmed Shiite children with no provocation before unjustified raids that killed hundreds of the minority group in the West African nation, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. The charges come as...

Egypt puts Tutankhamun's mask back on display after fixing botched epoxy repair job

December
17
,
2015
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CAIRO — Egypt put the famed golden burial mask of King Tutankhamun back on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo on Wednesday evening after the relic was repaired following a botched attempt to reattach the mask's beard with epoxy. In...

Hundreds killed in Nigerian military raid on Shiites; shrine, home bulldozed - Activists

December
15
,
2015
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LAGOS, Nigeria — Activists on Tuesday accused Nigeria's military of killing hundreds upon hundreds, perhaps as many as 1,000, Shiite Muslims in just three days in what the country's top human rights protector is calling "a...

Egyptian preliminary report says no indication yet of 'terrorist act' in Russian plane crash.

December
14
,
2015
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CAIRO — A preliminary investigation into the crash of a Russian passenger plane has found no indication yet of any "illegal or terrorist act," Egypt's chief investigator said in a statement released Monday. The vaguely worded...

Pope Francis urges peace in historic visit to Central African Republic mosque at end of trip

November
30
,
2015
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BANGUI, Central African Republic — Pope Francis ventured into the volatile Muslim enclave of Central African Republic's capital on Monday and brought his message of reconciliation to the city's main mosque, insisting that Christians...

Economic ties, security on the agenda as Chinese President Xi Jinping heads to Africa

November
30
,
2015
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HARARE, Zimbabwe — Some immigration signs at Zimbabwe's main international airport are in Chinese, a sign of China's deep economic inroads in Africa, which Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit this week. Xi arrives Tuesday in...

Mali special forces arrest 2 over attack on luxury hotel in Mali claimed by Islamic extremists

November
27
,
2015
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BAMAKO, Mali — Malian special forces have arrested two men over last week's attack on a luxury hotel in the capital, according to a statement distributed Friday morning, as the government provided a breakdown by nationality of the 20...

Pope in Kenya says Christian-Muslim dialogue essential to prevent extremism, promote peace

November
26
,
2015
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NAIROBI, Kenya — Pope Francis told Christian and Muslim leaders in Kenya on Thursday that they have little choice but to engage in dialogue to guard against the "barbarous" Islamic extremist attacks that have struck Kenya, saying...

New statement said to identify 2 gunmen in attack on Mali hotel

November
23
,
2015
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BAMAKO, Mali — Mali began a three-day mourning period with flags flying at half-staff on Monday for victims of the assault on a luxury hotel full of foreigners, a day after a dueling claim of responsibility emerged. The Islamic extremist...

Islamic State group releases picture of bomb it says downed Russian plane over Egypt

November
18
,
2015
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CAIRO — The Islamic State group has released a photo of the bomb it says was used to bring down a Russian passenger plane in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula last month, killing all 224 people on board. The picture was published in the latest...