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Kenyan bus attack kills 28; Islamists claim responsibility

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 Les shebab revendiquent l'exécution de 28 passagers d'un busBy George Obulutsa NAIROBI (Reuters) - Somalia's al Shabaab Islamists said they staged an attack in Kenya on Saturday in which gunmen ordered non-Muslims off a bus and shot 28 dead, while sparing Muslim passengers. Three of the group led out to be killed saved their lives by reciting verses of the Koran for the militants, a local security official said. Al Shabaab said its men had ambushed the Nairobi-bound bus outside Mandera town, near Kenya's border with Somalia and Ethiopia, and killed the non-Muslims in retaliation for raids on mosques in the port city of Mombasa. ...


US releases Saudi prisoner from Guantanamo Bay

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the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, CubaMIAMI (AP) — A Saudi citizen who has spent the past 12 years detained at Guantanamo Bay has been released, the Pentagon said Saturday, amid a push to whittle down the prison population at the U.S. base in Cuba.


Turkey trains Kurdish peshmerga forces in fight against Islamic State

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By Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish soldiers are training Kurdish peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq and will give similar assistance to a new national army unit in Baghdad as part of the struggle against Islamic State, a senior Turkish official said on Saturday. Turkish soldiers began special forces training with Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq three weeks ago, peshmerga spokesman Brigadier General Halgurd Hikmat said. The Turkish official said similar assistance would be given to Iraq's National Guard. "Turkey has already started training peshmerga forces in northern Iraq ... ...

Pope meets with autistic children

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Pope Francis kisses a child as he meets with the participants at the missionary meeting of the Italian bishops' conference in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has called for an end to the isolation and stigma of people living with autism spectrum disorders and their families during an audience aimed at raising awareness about the condition.


UK firms Aviva, Friends Life in $8.8B merger talks

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LONDON (AP) — Britain's Aviva says it is in talks to buy another insurer, Friends Life for over 5.6 billion pounds ($8.8 billion) in a deal that would create the country's leading insurance, savings and asset management company by number of customers.

Ghana creates power ministry in bid to solve electricity crisis

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Ghana's President Dramani Mahama speaks during the 44th Ordinary Summit of heads of state and governments of ECOWAS at Felix Houphouet Boigni Fondation in YamoussoukroACCRA (Reuters) - Ghana's President John Mahama created a ministry of power on Saturday in a fresh bid to resolve a long-standing electricity crisis that has slowed economic growth and frustrated citizens with frequent power cuts. Kwabena Donkor, the chairman of parliament's energy committee, will head the new ministry, according to a statement from the presidency. Donkor, a former deputy energy minister, was not immediately available for comment. Power production was previously overseen by the energy ministry, which was also responsible for managing Ghana's upstream oil and gas sector. ...


Nagorno-Karabkah says it killed 2 Azeri soldiers

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YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Nagorno-Karabakh says its forces have killed two Azerbaijani soldiers in an operation to recover the bodies of three helicopter crew members whose craft was shot down by Azerbaijan this month.

Islamic State kills 25 Iraqi tribesmen near Ramadi: officials

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have killed 25 members of a Sunni Muslim tribe during their assault on a provincial capital west of Baghdad, local officials said on Saturday, in apparent revenge for tribal opposition to the radical Islamists. They said the bodies of the men from the Albu Fahd tribe were discovered after the army launched a counter-offensive on Saturday against the Islamic State in a village on the eastern edge of Ramadi, capital of Anbar province. ...

Activist group: US-led Syria strikes kill over 900

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FILE - In this file photo taken on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, smoke rises from the Syrian city of Kobani, following an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition, seen from a hilltop outside Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border. More than two months into its assault on Kobani, the Islamic State group still pours fighters and resources into trying to take the besieged Kurdish town, but the drive has been blunted. Aided by 270 U.S. airstrikes, the town’s determined Kurdish defenders appear to be gaining momentum, a potentially bruising reversal for the militants who only few weeks ago seemed unstoppable in their march to victory. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)BEIRUT (AP) — A prominent Syrian activist group monitoring its civil war says U.S.-led airstrikes in the country have killed over 900 people since September, many fighters of the militant Islamic State group, though some civilians as well.


New Burkina president vows to identify folk hero Sankara's body

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Burkina Faso's President Michel Kafondo is seen after being sworn into his post for the transitional period of one year, in OuagadougouBy Mathieu Bonkoungou OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Burkina Faso's new transitional president has promised to open an investigation to identify remains believed to be those of the West African nation's murdered revolutionary folk hero Thomas Sankara. Sankara rose to power in 1983 at the age of 33 after a coup and left a lasting mark during his short presidency, even changing his country's name from Upper Volta to Burkina Faso, meaning "the land of upright people" in local languages. ...


Biden calls on nations to focus on energy security

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speak to the media before a meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Biden is visiting Turkey and is the latest in a stream of U.S. officials who have traveled to Turkey to urge Ankara to step up its role in fighting Islamic State militants in neighboring Syria. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)ISTANBUL (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday called on Europe to continue diversifying its energy supplies to reduce dependence on Russia, which he said should not be allowed to use its vast gas and oil resources as a geopolitical tool.


Togo opposition marchers clash with security forces

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By John Zodzi LOME (Reuters) - Security forces in Togo's capital Lome fired tear gas on Friday at stone-throwing opposition supporters who were among thousands of people marching against a potential reelection bid by the president. The demonstrators were calling on the government to implement an agreed presidential term limit under which President Faure Gnassingbe would step down next year. They had been granted permission to finish their march in the capital Lome with a seafront rally. ...

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