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U.S. School District Closed Due to Threat of Violence

Authorities in the northeastern U.S. city of Nashua said they ordered schools closed on Monday following a threat, less than a week after Los Angeles city officials took a similar decision.

"We have received a detailed threat of violence to harm students and staff at both high schools," Mark Conrad, superintendent of the Nashua School District, said in a statement Sunday.

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Boko Haram Suicide Bombing Kills Six in NE Nigeria

A child suicide bomber detonated his explosives, killing himself, two other bombers and six people in Nigeria's northeast, in the latest bloodshed blamed on Boko Haram Islamist group, the army said on Monday.

The attack in Beninsheikh in Borno state happened around 8.30 pm on Sunday when three suspected suicide bombers aged between 10 and 15 years, were stopped for security screening by civilian vigilantes in the area, Colonel Sani Usman said in a statement.

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Taliban Bike Bomber Kills 6 NATO Troops near Kabul

A motorcycle-riding Taliban suicide bomber killed six NATO soldiers near Kabul Monday, in a brazen attack as the resurgent militant group battled to seize a key southern district in Afghanistan's opium-growing heartland.

The military coalition did not disclose the nationality of the soldiers killed in the attack, which highlights a worsening security situation a year after the NATO combat mission ended.

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Russia Confirms Food Embargo on Ukraine

Russia will introduce a food embargo against Ukraine next month over Kiev's trade deal with the EU, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Monday, extending punitive measures already in place against Western countries.

"These measures will be extended to Ukraine too," Medvedev said at a government meeting. "I have just signed the relevant decree."

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Pakistan Police Uncover Women-Led IS Fundraising Network

Police in Pakistan's port city of Karachi said Monday they were hunting a network of women from well-off families acting as fundraisers for the Islamic State group, highlighting its growing appeal among the country's middle classes.

Raja Umar Khattab, chief of the Counter Terrorism Department of Sindh province, said the hunt was launched after police arrested the suspected financier of a gun attack on a bus that left 44 people dead in May.

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Rwanda's Kagame Praises Vote Allowing him Extra Terms

Rwanda President Paul Kagame praised Monday a constitutional referendum allowing him to rule until 2034, but did not declare whether he intends to run in the next election.

Kagame had previously said he would make a decision on standing in the 2017 polls only after results were in from Friday's referendum in which 98 percent of the population approved constitutional changes making his candidacy legal.

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Indonesian Police on Highest Alert after Terror Plot Revealed

Indonesian police said Monday they were on their highest terror alert after foiling plans for a suicide attack in Jakarta and arresting radicals linked to the Islamic State group.

Three-day raids across Java ending Sunday saw the confiscation of explosive materials, an IS-inspired flag and nine arrests.

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Turkey's Pro-Kurdish Party Leader to Visit Moscow this Week

The leader of Turkey's opposition pro-Kurdish Democratic Peoples' Party (HDP) will meet Wednesday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow for talks aimed at reducing tensions after the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkish forces, the party said Monday. 

The trip by Selahattin Demirtas -- a key rival of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan -- will be the first by a high profile Turkish figure to Russia since the shooting-down of the Russian Su-24 warplane led to a crisis in the two countries' ties unprecedented since the Cold War.

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Burundi Parliament Debates 'Invasion' Peacekeeper Force

Burundi's parliament is debating Monday a proposed African Union peacekeeping mission that Bujumbura has rejected as an "invasion force".

Lawmakers are expected to oppose the planned force, which was proposed by the African Union last week as international alarm grows over spiraling violence in the tiny central African nation.

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Couple Held in Paris over Fake Bomb on Air France Flight

French police on Monday detained a couple who were passengers on an Air France flight which made an emergency landing after a fake bomb was found on board, a police source said.

The couple were taken into custody by border police on their return to France, a day after their flight from Mauritius to Paris was forced to make an emergency landing in Kenya.

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