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Rwanda Partially Bans BBC Broadcasts over Genocide Documentary

Rwanda on Friday partially suspended BBC broadcasts over a controversial documentary on the central African country's leadership and the 1994 genocide.

The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA)said the BBC radio services in the local Kinyarwanda language would be blocked while the affair was investigated, but English and French programs could continue.

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U.S.-led Aircraft Hit IS in Iraq With 12 Strikes

U.S. and allied aircraft pounded the Islamic State group on Thursday and Friday with 12 air strikes in Iraq and six raids near the contested Syrian town of Kobane, the American military said.

U.S. Central Command, which is overseeing the air war against the jihadists, announced the latest round of air raids after the French military said a coalition operation overnight had dropped dozens of bombs on an IS arsenal and training camp in northern Iraq.

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Detainee at Afghan Prison to Face Trial in U.S.

A Russian held for years by the U.S. military in Afghanistan will be flown to the United States to face trial, marking the first such transfer for a foreign fighter from the country, officials said Friday.

The detainee is one of 13 foreigners who remain under detention by U.S. authorities at a wing of the Parwan prison near Bagram in Afghanistan, on suspicion of fighting with Taliban insurgents.

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Israeli Troops Kill Palestinian Teen in West Bank Clash

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian teenager Friday in a clash with stone-throwing protesters near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Palestinian medical officials and security sources told AFP.

They named the dead youth as Orwa Hammad, 17, and said he was shot in the village of Silwad.

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Syria Air Strikes Kill 10 Children, 5 Women in Aleppo

Ten children and five women have been killed in Syrian government air strikes in the northern province of Aleppo, a monitoring group said Friday.

The children, aged from four to 10, and women were killed Thursday "in barrel bomb strikes by regime helicopters on a home and public hall in the village of Tal Qarrah in the north of Aleppo," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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16,000 Armenians Rally Against Poverty, Graft

Some 16,000 opposition supporters rallied in the Armenian capital on Friday to protest against President Serzh Sarkisian's rule and demanded snap polls.

They accused the government of failing to stem poverty and corruption in the landlocked former Soviet republic.

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Canada Shooter Struggled with Addiction, Turned to Islam

A gunman who stormed Canada's parliament after killing a soldier at a nearby war memorial was a petty criminal fighting a drug addiction and was estranged from his family, reports said Friday.

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, had moved across the country to westernmost British Columbia province to try to start over following a drug conviction in Montreal.

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Pakistani Beheaded in Saudi for Smuggling Heroin

Saudi Arabia on Friday beheaded a Pakistani man convicted of smuggling heroin into the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom, the interior ministry said.

Butha Mushtaq was the third Pakistan executed on drug charges in Saudi Arabia since October 15.

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France's Hollande Says Anti-IS Campaign Will Be Stepped Up

French President Francois Hollande said on Friday that operations will be stepped up against the Islamic State movement in Iraq, which must be "struck hard".

"The pace of our actions is going to speed up. We have collected all the information necessary," Hollande said, when asked about recent French operations in Iraq as part of a US-led coalition air campaign against IS fighters.

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Kerry Says 'Premature' to Talk of U.S. Troop Cuts in Asia

Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday it was too early to discuss cutting the number of U.S. troops stationed in Asia and South Korea, amid increased tensions on the heavily guarded peninsula.

The warning came a day after Washington and Seoul agreed to delay transfer of the Pentagon's control of Korean troops in the event of war with the North. No new date was set to handover the powers.

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