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Boko Haram Suspected After Girl, 10, Blows Herself up in Northeastern Nigeria

At least 19 people were killed on Saturday when a young girl, thought to be aged about 10, blew herself up at a crowded market in the restive northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri.

The powerful explosion rocked the city's Monday Market at about 12:40 pm (1140 GMT) when it was packed with shoppers and traders. The same market was hit twice by female suicide bombers late last year.

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Two Ukraine Soldiers Killed in New Upsurge in Fighting

Ukraine's military on Saturday reported the death of two soldiers in the past day of fighting with pro-Russian insurgents in the separatist east.

Military spokesman Andriy Lysenko added that 20 soldiers were wounded in clashes in the mostly Russian-speaking Lugansk region.

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Turkish Marxist Group Withdraws Claim for Istanbul Attack

A banned radical Turkish Marxist group retracted its claim for a suicide bombing in the heart of Istanbul's tourist district, raising Saturday the possibility of a jihadist link to the attack that left one policeman and the bomber dead.

Reports earlier this week suggested Tuesday's attack was carried out by a Russian woman from the Muslim Caucasus region of Dagestan, and not the female bomber that the far-left militant group initially said had executed the strike.

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France Taking 'All Measures' to Secure Charlie Sunday March

France will take "all measures" to ensure the safety of Sunday's march to be attended by European leaders after this week's attacks and is maintaining its highest possible security level in the Paris area, the interior minister said.

Speaking on Saturday after an emergency meeting with French President Francois Hollande, Bernard Cazeneuve said "we want to keep the high level of mobilization and vigilance."

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N. Korea Offers U.S. Deal to Suspend Nuke Tests

North Korea said Saturday it had offered to "temporarily" suspend any future nuclear test if the United States cancels its annual joint military drills with South Korea this year.

The government proposal was passed to the U.S. side through a "relevant channel" on Friday, the North's official KCNA news agency said.

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Scotland Battered by High Winds, Warned Worse to Come

Hurricane force winds left tens of thousands of Scottish homes without electricity on Saturday with conditions expected to worsen over the weekend.

Trees were uprooted and train and ferry services disrupted as winds of up to 113 mph (181 km/h) battered the Highlands and islands of Scotland.

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Tanzania Backs Offensive against Rwanda Rebels in DR Congo

Tanzania will back a U.N. military offensive against Rwandan rebels in lawless eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, President Jakaya Kikwete has said, dismissing accusations he favored the insurgents as "preposterous."

United Nations peacekeepers are preparing a military offensive against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) -- an ethnic Hutu group, some of whose members took part in atrocities in the 1994 Rwandan genocide before crossing into DR Congo -- after they ignored a January 2 deadline to surrender.

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East Africa Ministers Meet in Somalia for Peace Push

East African foreign ministers met in Mogadishu on Saturday to push peace efforts in war-torn Somalia, the first time the regional bloc has met in the country for almost three decades.

Dozens of heavily armed soldiers and police patrolled the streets, where Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab militants regularly carry out bombings and killings.

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German Anti-Islamic Rallies May Grow on Terror Fears

Germany's new anti-Islamic PEGIDA movement plans to rally again on Monday, when analysts expect its ranks to swell by thousands following this week's bloody jihadist violence in France.

Leaders of the so-called "Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the Occident" have asked marchers to wear black armbands and observe a minute's silence for "the victims of terrorism in Paris".

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Sri Lanka's New President Gets Down to Mending Ties

New Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena began assembling a cabinet Saturday on his first day in office as he looks to deliver on pledges to repair the war-torn nation's diplomatic standing and implement democratic reforms.

Sirisena, who was sworn in Friday evening after a shock election victory over veteran strongman Mahinda Rajapakse, was trying to form a "national unity" cabinet that would include members from a cross section of political parties in parliament, an aide said.

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