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Nigerian Court Voids Election of Politician Wanted in U.S.

A Nigerian court Friday nullified the election of a prominent politician wanted in the United States on drug trafficking charges.

An election tribunal in the southwestern city of Abeokuta declared the victory of Senator Buruji Kashamu void because of apparent irregularities in more than 100 polling units.

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Pentagon Scaling Back Syria Rebel Training

The Pentagon is to stop building Syrian rebel units to fight the Islamic State and focus instead on training and arming vetted leaders, a U.S. defense official said Friday.

"The model before was we were training infantry-type units. We are now changing to a model that will produce more military combat capability," the official said.

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'He's back': Hitler Mockumentary Touches Nerve in Germany

Imagine Hitler wakes up in today's Berlin, is mistaken for a hilarious impersonator of the Nazi leader and ends up a TV celebrity, widely cheered for voicing his demented worldview.

That's the premise of "He's Back" ("Er ist wieder da"), a biting social satire by author Timur Vermes, the movie version of which premiered in German cinemas this week.

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Coalition Warplanes Bomb Yemen Rebels

Warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition raided positions of the Iran-backed Shiite insurgents east of the rebel-held capital Friday, military sources said.

The air strikes targeted Huthi rebels in the west of Marib province, amid ongoing clashes between them and forces loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

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U.N. Approves EU Military Action against Migrant Smugglers

The U.N. Security Council on Friday approved a European military operation to seize and dispose of boats run by migrant smugglers in the Mediterranean off Libya's coast.

The 15-member council adopted a resolution by a vote of 14 in favor, with Venezuela abstaining.

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Armed Group Kills Three Burkina Police near Mali Border

Three police were killed in western Burkina Faso early Friday when their barracks were attacked by "about 50" assailants, the defense ministry said in Ouagadougou, the Burkinabe capital.

A security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, also said the attack -- which occurred near the border with troubled Mali -- had been carried out by "jihadists."

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Russia Says Hit 60 'Terrorist Targets' in New Syria Strikes

Russia's air force hit more than 60 "terrorist targets" in Syria over the past 24 hours, Moscow's military said Friday, significantly ramping up its bombing campaign in the war-torn country.

"Sixty-seven sorties have been carried out from the Hmeimim air base" in Syria, the deputy head of the Russian General Staff, Lieutenant General Igor Makushev, told reporters.

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Berlin, Madrid Urge U.S., Russia to Cooperate to End Syria Conflict

Germany and Spain on Friday urged Washington and Moscow to work together to help unlock a political solution to the Syrian war, after Russian air strikes there raised tensions.

"The current priority is to seek agreement between the United States and Russia," German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in Madrid.

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Israelis Worried but Defiant amid Wave of Stabbings

Israelis are deeply unnerved in the midst of a spate of stabbings that have brought back memories of previous Palestinian uprisings, but say they are ready to "confront" any attacker.

Those who witnessed the 1987 and 2000 intifadas especially are reverting to making mental lists of places to avoid and basic safety habits.

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Malaysia Central Bank Urges Criminal Probe into PM Scandal

Malaysia's central bank said Friday it has recommended that criminal proceedings be launched against a state-owned company linked to Prime Minister Najib Razak and which is at the center of a massive corruption scandal.

The statement by Bank Negara is the latest troubling development for Najib and the company that he launched -- 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) -- who have been under pressure to explain massive sums of money allegedly missing from overseas investments.

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