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Police, protesters killed in Egypt unrest

Police, protesters killed in Egypt unrest

At least 15 people have been killed in anti-government protests in Egypt on the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, security sources say.

Nigeria repels suspected Boko Haram attack

Nigeria repels suspected Boko Haram attack

Nigeria's military repelled multiple attacks by suspected Boko Haram militants on Borno state capital Maiduguri in the northeast, security sources say, but the insurgents captured another Borno town.

Japan calls for hostage release after apparent IS execution

Japan calls for hostage release after apparent IS execution

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for the immediate release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State after an audio recording claimed that a fellow Japanese captive had been executed.

World leaders head to Saudi Arabia to offer condolences

World leaders head to Saudi Arabia to offer condolences

US President Barack Obama will visit Saudi Arabia to meet its new King Salman after the death of his predecessor Abdullah, testimony to Riyadh's important role in energy markets and the fight against Islamist militancy.

East Ukrainian city of Mariupol shelled - officials

East Ukrainian city of Mariupol shelled - officials

Ten people were killed in shelling by pro-Russian separatists in the east Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, the head of the Kiev-controlled Donetsk regional police said.

Court upholds man's right to pee standing up

Court upholds man's right to pee standing up

A German court ruled in favour of mens' right to pee standing up, after a landlord tried to retain part of a tenant's €3000 deposit for allegedly damaging the marble floor of a toilet by sprinkling it with urine.

Pope tells new cardinals to steer clear of parties

Pope tells new cardinals to steer clear of parties

Pope Francis has told the men he will elevate to the high rank of cardinal next month to be humble and shun lavish parties in their honour, saying they can do more damage than alcohol on an empty stomach.

Russia faces $40b battle to stave off banking crisis

Russia faces $40b battle to stave off banking crisis

Russia may have to spend more than $40 billion this year to avert a banking crisis, as the growing likelihood of a sharp recession threatens to pile extra costs on a sector suffering from Western sanctions over Ukraine and a plunge in the rouble.

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