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Africa agrees to send 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram

posted: 01/31/2015 5:17 p.m. Discuss

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — African leaders agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, an African Union official said Saturday, as the international community, including long-time foes the U.S. and Iran, rallied in support of Nigeria against the militants.

Islamic State fighters admit defeat in Syrian town of Kobani

posted: 01/31/2015 2:24 p.m. Discuss

BEIRUT — The Islamic State group has acknowledged for the first time that its fighters have been defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani and vowed to attack the town again.

President: Egypt faces long fight to defeat Sinai militants

posted: 01/31/2015 12:40 p.m. Discuss

El-ARISH, Egypt — Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi told his nation to prepare for a long fight to defeat Islamic extremists Saturday following a wave of attacks on security forces in the Sinai Peninsula.

5 given preliminary charges over jihadi network in France

posted: 01/31/2015 9:56 a.m. Discuss

PARIS — French authorities filed preliminary charges on Saturday against five men allegedly implicated in a jihadi recruiting network based in a small southern town from where about 20 youths went to fight in Syria and Iraq.

Civilians flee east Ukraine town as fighting intensifies

posted: 01/31/2015 9:47 a.m. Discuss

DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine — Outgoing heavy-caliber fire boomed incessantly, shaking the ground and rattling windows around the besieged town. Residents of Debaltseve, seemingly inured to the racket, listened impassively as they mustered at the town hall on Saturday to be evacuated with as many belongings as they could carry.

Shelling kills 12 Donetsk civilians

updated: 01/31/2015 2:54 a.m. Discuss

Artillery fire killed at least 12 civilians in the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Friday amid fierce fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government troops, as hopes for a break in hostilities were dashed when an attempt to call a new round of peace talks failed.

Bombing of Pakistan Shiite mosque kills 56

updated: 01/31/2015 2:53 a.m. Discuss

A bomb blast ripped through a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan as worshippers gathered for Friday prayers, killing at least 56 people and wounding dozens more, officials said.

Chad bombs Boko Haram by air

updated: 01/31/2015 2:48 a.m. Discuss

Chad sent both a warplane dropping bombs and ground troops to drive Islamic extremists from a Nigerian border town, leaving it strewn with the bodies of militants, witnesses said Friday.

Apartheid enforcer receives parole

updated: 01/30/2015 10:03 p.m. Discuss

JOHANNESBURG -- The South African government Friday granted parole to Eugene de Kock, the head of an apartheid state covert unit responsible for dozens of deaths, saying his freedom is in the interest of national reconciliation.

Still no proof pilot alive, Jordan says

updated: 01/31/2015 2:48 a.m. Discuss

The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest reported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State extremists holding them captive.

The World in Brief

updated: 01/31/2015 2:45 a.m. Discuss

Hezbollah says rocket attack a warning BEIRUT -- The leader of the militant Hezbollah group said Friday that this week's deadly cross-border attack on Israeli soldiers was a message that it will no longer tolerate any Israeli attacks against its members.

In the news

updated: 01/31/2015 2:41 a.m. Discuss

Michelle Obama, the first lady, praised the movie American Sniper at a veterans-focused event in Washington, calling the biopic of the late Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle "complex," "emotional" and a realistic "depiction of a veteran and his family."

Chad air force bombs Boko Haram out of Nigerian border town

posted: 01/30/2015 11 a.m. Comment 1

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Chad sent a warplane dropping bombs and ground troops to drive Islamic extremists from a Nigerian border town, leaving it strewn with the bodies of the Islamic extremists, witnesses said Friday.

Deadline passes; no word on swap

updated: 01/29/2015 11:52 p.m. Discuss

AMMAN, Jordan -- The father of a Jordanian fighter pilot and the wife of a Japanese journalist held by the Islamic State extremist group pleaded for their loved ones' lives after a possible prisoner swap wasn't carried out by a deadline of sunset Thursday.

Malaysia formally calls lost jet 'an accident'

updated: 01/29/2015 11:52 p.m. Discuss

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Malaysia's government formally declared still-missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 an accident Thursday and said all those on board were presumed dead, paving the way for compensation claims but angering victims' families still waiting for evidence of the plane's fate.

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