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Nigeria’s Boko Haram kills 28 in three village attacks

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) – Suspected Islamist Boko Haram gunmen rampaged through three villages in northern Nigeria, killing 28 people and burning houses to the ground in a pattern of violence that has become almost a daily occurrence, according to police and witnesses. All three attacks happened on Thursday in remote parts of Borno state, the epicenter of Boko Haram’s increasingly ...

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South Africa: President Jacob Zuma is officially sworn in for second term

The South African President Jacob Zuma has celebrated being sworn into office for a second term, with a major victory ceremony in Pretoria. More than 4,000 guests and several heads of state were in attendance as Zuma took the oath of office. He promised “economic transformation” would be the focus of his governance, while vowing to support “broad-based black…

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Gunman Kills 6 in Drive-By Rampage Near California College Campus

A gunman fatally shot six people and wounded at least seven more in a series of drive-by shootings late Friday near the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara, authorities said. After exchanging fire with sheriff’s deputies, the suspect crashed his black BMW and was found dead inside the car, apparently from a gunshot wound to the head. “This ...

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Al Qaeda militants kill 31 in Yemen

Sanaa, May 24: At least 31 people were killed in multiple attacks launched by suspected Al Qaeda militants in Yemen, an official said Saturday. The attacks occurred overnight in the city of Seiyun in Hadramout province, Xinhua reported. The Yemeni official said the targets in the simultaneous attacks included three banks, police, military, intelligence and government buildings, which were looted ...

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Obama pitches U.S. tourism

Cooperstown Invoking America’s pastime throughout his speech, President Barack Obama pitched tourism as a way to boost the economy and create jobs during Thursday’s visit to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Obama called for America to welcome more foreign tourists and held up attractions like the Hall of Fame as “an engine of the economy.” “When it ...

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WikiLeaks Says Afghanistan is NSA Target

Eduardo Munoz/Reuters According to WikiLeaks, the unnamed country targeted by the NSA in recent reports by the Washington Post and The Intercept is Afghanistan. Those two publications (The Intercept is run by Glenn…

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Electric Chair Executions Back In Tennessee As The Only Death Penalty Option

In a related report by The Inquisitr, the state of Utah is considering bringing back firing squad executions for their death penalty because it’s considerably cheaper than lethal injection and other methods. But some people also say it’s a better way to go: “It sounds like the Wild West, but it’s probably the most humane way to kill somebody. The ...

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China: Suicide Bombers Led Attack

Petar Kujundzic/Reuters According to the Chinese government, five suicide bombers were behind the attacks in Urumqi in the region of Xinjiang on Thursday that killed 31…

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Gunmen attack Indian Consulate in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Gunmen armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades attacked an Indian Consulate in western Afghanistan on Friday, though its diplomatic staff escaped unharmed, police said. At least three gunmen opened fire on the consulate from a nearby building in Herat, provincial police chief Abdul Sami Qatra said. Qatra said police and soldiers killed three assailants in ...

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Thai Military Orders Politicians To Meeting, Bans Negative Press

One day after staging a coup, Thailand’s military summoned leaders of the ousted government and others tied to the country’s long-running conflict to a meeting Friday. More than 150 people were ordered to convene at the Royal Thai Army auditorium — or risk arrest and possible charges. Since taking power, the army has installed rules meant to restore peace and ...

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