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Suicide Bombing in Northeast Nigeria Mosque Kills at Least 9

A suicide bomber killed at least nine people on Saturday inside a mosque in northeast Nigeria's city of Maiduguri, with the blast leaving much of the building destroyed, witnesses said.

"It was suicide attack by a bomber who pretended to be worshiper," said Haruna Dawud, a trader at the Monday Market which is next to the mosque.

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Nigeria Army Repels Boko Haram as New President Starts Term

Nigeria's military on Saturday repelled a Boko Haram attack on the key northeastern city of Maiduguri, a day after President Muhammadu Buhari took office vowing to crush the group, witnesses and security sources said.

The overnight attack on the Borno state capital saw rocket-propelled grenades fired into homes in a bombardment that reportedly lasted several hours.

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EU Politicians 'Proud' to be on Russian Blacklist

European politicians who discovered they were on a previously confidential Russian travel blacklist said Saturday they were proud of being included, as EU governments led by Germany criticized the entry bans.

The 89-strong list, formerly undisclosed but revealed to European diplomats on Thursday, includes past and serving parliamentarians and ministers who have been outspoken critics of President Vladimir Putin and the war in Ukraine.

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India Reels under Heatwave as Death Toll Tops 2,000

India's brutal weeks-long heatwave has killed more than 2,000 people, authorities said Saturday, as the government launched a mass education campaign to help people cope with scorching temperatures. 

Hundreds of mainly poor people die at the height of summer every year in India, but this year's toll is the second highest in India's history and fifth most in recorded history globally, according to EM-DAT, an international disaster database.

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Powerful 7.8 Quake Shakes Japan

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the Japanese coast Saturday, geologists said, shaking buildings in Tokyo and setting off car alarms, an Agence France Presse correspondent reported.

Despite the huge power of the quake, there was no risk of a tsunami, The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported.

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Officials: At Least 21 Killed in Pakistan as Gunmen Storm Buses

Unidentified gunmen stormed two passenger coaches in southwest Pakistan and killed at least 21 people, officials said on Saturday.

The buses were en route to the port city of Karachi when they were stormed in Mastung district in the troubled province of Baluchistan late Friday, according to Mastung deputy district commissioner Akbar Harifal.

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U.N. Rights Chief Seeks Wider Probe into C.Africa Peacekeeper Abuses

The U.N. human rights chief said Saturday he had asked several countries to probe allegations of rape and killings by their troops in the Central African Republic following reports of child abuse by French peacekeepers.

A statement said the allegations concerning soldiers from other countries were "very serious" and ranged from executions, abductions to rape.

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Australia Calls for Greater Cooperation on Returning IS Fighters

Stronger regional cooperation is needed to counter the threat posed by foreign fighters returning from the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, Australia's foreign minister said Saturday.

About 90 countries have claimed that some of their citizens were involved in terrorism overseas, Julie Bishop said.

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Myanmar Arrests Thai Migrant Boat Owner

A Thai national who allegedly owned a boat that was recently discovered by the Myanmar navy crammed with more than 200 migrants has been arrested, state media said Saturday.

The 53-year-old man was detained in the country's biggest city Yangon, the Global New Light of Myanmar reported, adding that his capture was made after authorities exchanged "information with Thai police".

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Interpol: Islamic State Group Gains Support in Africa, Asia

A growing number of extremist groups from Africa to southeast Asia are shifting their allegiance to the Islamic State group, leading to greater risks for "cross-pollination" among conflicts beyond Syria and Iraq, the head of Interpol said Friday.

Juergen Stock cited this shift as an emerging trend at a U.N. Security Council meeting along with changing travel methods being used by foreign fighters seeking to join groups like the Islamic State and al-Qaida.

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