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Boko Haram Kills Six Traders in Nigeria Ambush

Boko Haram fighters killed six traders when they ambushed a convoy of lorries under military escort in northeast Nigeria, a civilian militia member and a local resident said on Thursday.

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EU Urges Member States to 'Step up Preparations' in Case Brexit Talks Fail

The European Union on Thursday urged member countries and businesses to "step up preparations" in case EU-British negotiations fail to produce a deal for Britain's exit from the bloc. 

"Today's text calls on member states and private parties to step up preparations" for all outcomes by a March 30 deadline, the European Commission said.

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Macron Security Official Filmed Hitting Protester

One of President Emmanuel Macron's top security officers was at the centre of a potentially damaging scandal for the French leader on Wednesday after being filmed hitting a protester.

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Myanmar Army Made 'Systematic' Rohingya Crackdown Plan

Myanmar's military engaged in "extensive and systematic" preparations for a bloody crackdown on Rohingya Muslims, a rights group said Thursday, in a damning new report that it says justifies a genocide investigation.  

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Russians Protest as Duma Debates Unpopular Pension Reform

Around 200 people protested outside the Russian parliament on Thursday ahead of a vote on a hugely unpopular government proposal to raise the pension age to 65 for men and 63 for women.

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FBI Chief Reiterates: Russia Meddled, Whatever Putin & Trump Say

FBI director Christopher Wray said Wednesday that the US intelligence community stands by its view that Russia interfered in the 2016 US election, despite Vladimir Putin's denial this week to President Donald Trump.

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Iran Says Trump Asked Rouhani for Meeting 8 Times at U.N.

The chief of staff to Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump asked for a meeting eight times during the U.N. General Assembly last year.

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Militant Group Backs Former Cricket Star's Party ahead of Pakistan Polls

A U.S.-designated terrorist group has announced its support for Imran Khan and his party in nationwide elections on July 25, the latest controversial outfit to back the former cricket star's bid to lead the country.

The al-Qaida-linked Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) announced their support for Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in a Facebook post Tuesday along with a photo of the group’s leader posing with a PTI candidate.

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German Bill to Cut Asylum Seekers from N. Africa, Georgia

Germany's government launched a renewed attempt Wednesday to declare three North African states and Georgia "safe countries of origin", which would raise the hurdles for asylum requests by its citizens.

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Paris Police Urge Women to Report World Cup Sexual Assaults

Paris' police chief urged women on Wednesday to report any cases of sexual assault during the celebrations of France's World Cup win, after dozens of accounts by victims were posted on social media in recent days.

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