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6.0-magnitude Earthquake Strikes Northern Chile

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck northern Chile on Saturday, the United States Geological Service said. There were no immediate reports of damage.

The USGS said the quake hit at 1:36 pm (1636 GMT) at a depth of 109 kilometers (68 miles) around 40 kilometers northeast of the city of Calama.

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Technical Problems, Boko Haram Hit Nigerian General Election

Problems with new technology on Saturday forced a 24-hour extension to the presidential election in Africa's most populous nation, Nigeria, and renewed Boko Haram violence hit the knife-edge vote.

The Islamist militants were suspected of killing seven in separate attacks in northeastern Gombe state, including at polling stations, while on Friday, 23 people were beheaded in Borno.

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Poroshenko: EU-Ukraine Summit to Take Place on April 27

A summit between top European Union officials and Ukraine's leaders will take place in Kiev at the end of April, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko announced on Saturday.

The summit comes amid a shaky ceasefire between Kiev forces and pro-Russian separatists in the country's east, which came into force on February 15.

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Judicial Official: Egypt Jails 2 on Israel Spy Charges

A court in Egypt has sentenced a man and woman to lengthy jail terms and slapped them with large fines after convicting them of spying for Israel, a judicial official said Saturday.

Their two accomplices -- Israeli intelligence officials -- were sentenced in absentia to life terms, the official added.

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Bomb Near Cairo University Wounds 8

A bomb wounded four civilians and four policemen outside Cairo University Saturday, Egyptian police and health officials said.

Several explosions outside the  university have taken place since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, the last of which wounded five policemen in November.

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Iraq Officer: 'Major Sacrifices' Required to Retake Tikrit

Retaking the city of Tikrit, where jihadists have rigged streets and buildings with explosives, will require "major sacrifices" on the part of Iraqi forces, a senior intelligence officer said Saturday.

Iraqi forces and allied paramilitaries have been fighting to retake the city since March 2, but halted ground operations for more than a week in what officials described as a bid to curb human and material losses before pushing forward again.

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Turkey PM Denies Rift with Erdogan and Calls for Presidential System

Turkey should adopt a presidential system, the country's Prime Minister has declared, refuting claims that he and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were at loggerheads over the idea. 

The statement comes after a major rift between Erdogan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the run up to the June 7 parliamentary election where the AKP will seek to change the constitution to give Erdogan's office more executive powers. 

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Syria's Idlib City Falls to Nusra Front, Allies

Al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate and its allies seized on Saturday the city of Idlib, the second provincial capital lost by the government, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

After five days of fighting, "Al-Nusra Front and its allies have captured all of Idlib," the Britain-based Observatory said.

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Aid Workers: U.N. Staff Evacuated from Yemen Capital

At least 200 U.N. staff and other expatriates were evacuated from the Yemeni capital on Saturday, as an Arab coalition pressed a bombing campaign against Shiite rebels in the city, aid workers said.

"More than 200 staff of the United Nations and foreign embassies and firms left through Sanaa airport on Saturday afternoon," one aid worker told AFP, without specifying their destination.

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Sierra Leone Lockdown Aims for 'Total Control' over Ebola

An official in Sierra Leone says high compliance with a nationwide lockdown could give the West African nation "total control" over the Ebola outbreak.

The lockdown began Friday and ends Sunday night. Sierra Leone conducted a similar nationwide operation last September when transmission rates were much higher. Ebola has infected nearly 12,000 people in Sierra Leone, more than any other country, but the latest weekly total of 33 confirmed cases is the lowest since last June.

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