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Suicide Bomber Kills Five in NE Nigeria Church

A suicide bomber blew himself up on Sunday inside a church in the restive northeastern Nigerian city of Potiskum, killing five worshipers in the latest in a series of attacks, a police officer and witness told AFP. 

The bomber entered the Redeemed Christian Church of God at 9:55 am in the Jigawa area on the outskirts of the city and detonated his explosives. 

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Colombian Government Says Ready for Bilateral Ceasefire

The Colombian government is ready to consider a bilateral ceasefire with FARC rebels, even before the end of peace talks, the country's chief negotiator said in an interview released Sunday.

The statement marks a sharp reversal for Colombia, which had previously refused to consider a halt to fighting until the negotiations had succeeded.

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Thousands March against Corruption-Plagued Guatemala President

Some 5,000 protesters marched Saturday night in downtown Guatemala City demanding the resignation of the country's corruption-plagued president, who lost a fight for immunity from prosecution earlier this week.

On Tuesday, Guatemala's Constitutional Court rejected President Otto Perez's appeal for presidential immunity that also sought to legally erase a pre-trial investigation of graft allegations.

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Philippine Ferry May Have Been Overloaded, Death Toll Rises to 61

The death toll from a ferry that capsized in the central Philippines has risen to 61, the coast guard said Sunday, indicating that the vessel was overloaded.

Whether the ferry was carrying too many people will be part of an investigation into last week's disaster off the city of Ormoc, which has seen the boat's owner and crew charged with murder.

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Twelve Dead in China Factory Collapse

Twelve people died after a shoe factory collapsed in eastern China, state media reported Sunday, with more than 40 escaping on their own or being rescued.

More than 50 people were in the four-story building in the city of Wenling in Zhejiang province when it came down on Saturday afternoon, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

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Fidel Castro Seen in Rare Public Outing

Cuban state television broadcast images Saturday of former president Fidel Castro meeting cheese experts during a rare trip outside his Havana home.

Seemingly alert and sharp, the 88 year old was shown seated at a panel organized by the Food Industry Ministry's research institute on Friday, speaking at length with the "cheese masters."

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WikiLeaks: U.S. Spy Agency Targeted Top Brazilian Officials

Aside from listening in on Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's phone calls, U.S. spies also targeted top political and financial officials, according to new information released by WikiLeaks on Saturday. 

The whistle-blowing website published a National Security Agency list of 29 Brazilian government phone numbers that the American spy group monitored.

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'Scores' Killed by Nigeria Female Suicide Bombers

Several female suicide bombers blew themselves up amid panicked villagers fleeing a Boko Haram attack in a northeast Nigeria killing scores, the army and witnesses said Saturday.

The latest carnage in series of attacks that have claimed more than 200 lives in just three days happened on Friday night in Zabarmari village, 10 kilometers (six miles) from the city of Maiduguri, the birthplace of the jihadist group.

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Owner, Crew of Capsized Philippine Ferry Charged with Murder

Philippine police have filed murder charges against the owner and crew of a passenger ferry that capsized killing 59 people, an official said Saturday.

The charges were filed late on Friday in the central city of Ormoc over the sinking of the Kim Nirvana ship, according to regional police chief Asher Dolina.

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McCain Denounces U.S. Troop Withdrawal Plan in Afghanistan

Influential Senator John McCain said Saturday the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016 would be a "serious mistake", as stretched local forces battle a resurgent Taliban.

"I think the most serious mistake the U.S. could make... would be to have a calendar-based withdrawal," McCain told a press conference at the NATO headquarters in Kabul. 

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