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Boko Haram militants kill 32 people in Nigeria

Boko Haram militants killed 32 people and kidnapped scores of others in an attack on the village of Gumsuri in the restive northeast, two local officials and a witness said on Thursday.

Tony Abbott says Sydney café siege 'horrific wake-up call'

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday admitted Sydney's cafe siege was 'a horrific wake-up call' as details emerged of the final minutes of the standoff which left the gunman and two hostages dead.

Heavy snow kills 3, disrupts travel in Japan

At least three people have died in heavy snow that has blanketed swathes of Japan, reports said on Thursday, with up to two metres (6ft 7ins) lying in some places and more forecast.

Lens-free microscope to detect cancer

Providing a ray of hope for cancer patients, researchers have developed a lens-free microscope that can be used to detect the presence of cancer.

Over 230 bodies found in Syria mass grave: Report

More than 230 bodies of people believed to have been killed by Islamic State militants have been found in a mass grave in Syria's eastern Deir al-Zor province, a group monitoring the country's war said on Wednesday.

US, Cuba seek to ‘normalise' ties, swap prisoners

The United States on Wednesday announced the start of normalisation of relations with Cuba, including re-establishing diplomatic ties ending the last of the remaining Cold War hostilities.

Pak Taliban release photo of fighters behind Peshawar massacre

In an email on Wednesday, Pakistani Taliban spokesperson Mohammad Khurasani claimed the attack on a school in Peshawar that killed 148 people, mostly children, was justified because the Pakistani army has allegedly long been killing innocent children and families of their fighters.

Raj Shah, Indian American head of USAID, quits

The White House on Wednesday announced Raj shah, the Indian American head of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) is leaving the administration.

Gifts galore: Pope gets cake, tango and chicken for 78th birthday

Thousands of people sang 'Happy Birthday' and danced a mass tango on Wednesday to celebrate the birthday of the first Latin American pope. Argentine priests handed Pope Francis a cake and he blew out the candles before his open-top jeep moved on.

Peshawar attack: When a faulty alarm saved a life

A faulty alarm clock has saved the life of a 15-year-old boy who failed to wake up in time for school, becoming the only student in Class 9 of the army-run school who survived the Taliban massacre that killed 148 people, mostly children.

Several hurt after American jet meets turbulence

An American Airlines jet encountered severe air turbulence shortly after taking off from Seoul, South Korea, prompting an unscheduled landing at Narita International Airport in Tokyo after 14 people asked for medical attention.

Inside Peshawar school: Eerie silence and the stamp of Taliban brutality

An eerie silence hung over the blood-spattered corridors and classrooms of the Army Public School on Wednesday -- the silence of 132 dead children, their lives cut short by Taliban gunmen. Video inside

In pics: When children in India and Pakistan prayed for Peshawar

Tragedy brings people together, and it was humbling to see Indian and Pakistani students pray for the children killed by Taliban in an attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar. Here are 11 pictures that define the spirit of brotherhood.

Pakistan in mourning as parents bury children killed by Taliban

Pakistan woke up to a day of mourning after Taliban militants killed 132 students at a school in Peshawar in an attack which shocked the nation and put pressure on the government to do more to tackle the insurgency.

Heavy snowfall hits northern Japan

Northern Japan was in the grip of a blizzard on Wednesday as strong winds and heavy snow forced the cancellation of almost 300 flights and buried vehicles in deep drifts, officials and reports said.
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