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Four Dead in Attack on Police Station in North Nigeria

Heavily armed gunmen killed four people in an attack Thursday that burnt a police station and a government building in a northeastern Nigerian town, police said.

The gunmen attacked the police station in the town of Song near the border with Cameroon and engaged soldiers and police officers in a shootout, police spokesman Mohammed Ibrahim told AFP.

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'Upbeat' Clinton Keen to Return to Work Next Week

Only hours after being released from hospital after treatment for a blood clot, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was Thursday hoping to end a month-long absence and be back at work next week.

"She's resting at home," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters. "Some of the senior staff who spoke to her about half an hour ago say that she's sounding terrific, upbeat, raring to go."

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Turkey Denounces French Comic Book Mohammed Biography

Turkey on Thursday condemned the publication by a French satirical magazine of a comic book biography of Islam's founder, and urged Muslims to ignore it.

"Some people see this as freedom of expression but swearing, insulting and showing disrespect for people's faith are not freedom of expression," Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag was quoted as saying by Anatolia news agency.

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Mali Islamist Group Revokes Pledge to End Hostilities

One of the armed Islamist groups occupying northern Mali, Ansar Dine, said Thursday it was revoking a pledge to end hostilities made last month during peace negotiations in Algeria.

"Ansar Dine (Defenders of the Faith) has decided to revoke the offer to stop hostilities together with the negotiations being conducted in Ouagadougou," said Ansar Dine's leader, Iyad Ag Ghaly, in a statement published by Mauritanian news agency Sahara Medias.

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Argentina Restates Falklands Claim in Open Letter to Cameron

Argentine President Cristina Kirchner published an open letter in the British press on Thursday calling on Prime Minister David Cameron to return the disputed Falkland Islands.

In the letter, published as an advert in several national newspapers, Kirchner said the South Atlantic islands were "forcibly stripped" from Argentina 180 years ago today "in a blatant exercise of 19th-century colonialism".

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Bosnia Sends First Combat Unit to Afghanistan

Bosnia's parliament on Thursday backed the deployment of the country's first combat unit to Afghanistan, where it already has a small contingent of soldiers tasked with providing security for the NATO force there.

A total of 26 members of Bosnia-Hercegovina's military police will leave for Afghanistan to serve "for a period of 10 months" with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), a defense ministry spokeswoman told AFP.

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141 Journalists Killed in 2012

Last year was one of the deadliest on record for journalists, with 141 killed in 29 different countries and Syria the most dangerous place on earth for reporters, a media watchdog said Thursday.

The Swiss-based Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), which fights for the protection of journalists, said the figure was up by 31 percent on 2011.

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South Sudan Accuses Sudan of Border Attacks

Sudanese troops clashed with South Sudanese forces along their restive border, South Sudan's army said Thursday, a day ahead of planned talks between the presidents of the two rival nations.

Sudanese planes also dropped bombs as the rival forces clashed on Wednesday in South Sudan's remote north Raja region in Western Bahr el-Ghazal state, said the South's army spokesman Philip Aguer.

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Spanish King's Popularity Plunges

Spain's King Juan Carlos has seen his popularity plunge in the past year, a poll showed Thursday, after scandals over elephant-hunting and a corruption probe implicating his family.

Only half of the 1,000 people polled expressed a good judgment of his reign, compared with three quarters a year ago, said the survey by Sigma Dos for El Mundo newspaper.

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Sandy Hook Kids Face Frist Classes since Shooting

The Newtown schools superintendent says they are preparing for a "normal" day, but it will likely be anything but that when classes resume for Sandy Hook Elementary School students for the first time since a gunman killed 20 of their classmates.

With their original school still being treated as a crime scene, the students will begin attending classes at a refurbished school in the neighboring town of Monroe on Thursday. Law enforcement officers have been guarding the new school, and by the reckoning of police, it is "the safest school in America."

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