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Policeman Held After Ammo Found in Buckingham Palace Lockers

A police officer who guards Britain's royal family has been arrested after ammunition was found in lockers in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, Scotland Yard said Thursday.

The unnamed policeman was held after other royalty protection officers reported finding ammunition in their personal lockers and bags in a police building in the central London palace's grounds.

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Grace Mugabe Fans Speculation on Presidential Bid

The wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Thursday hinted she could seek to take over the reins when his long rule finally ends, as she intensified attacks on a another possible contender.

Campaigning outside Harare, Grace Mugabe, 49, said she too could be president, while accusing Vice-President Joice Mujuru of plotting to topple her husband.

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Gurkha Veterans Reject UK Report into Pensions Row

About 300 former Gurkha soldiers and their relatives protested outside Britain's parliament on Thursday to demand better pensions, after rejecting an official report they had hoped would address their grievances.

Many of the veterans -- Nepalese soldiers who served with the British army -- had invested high hopes in the parliamentary inquiry launched last year into decades of alleged discrimination at the hands of the British government.

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U.N. Court to Hear New Mass Grave Evidence in Mladic Case

The Yugoslav war crimes court on Thursday ruled prosecutors may include new evidence in their genocide case against Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic, following the shock discovery of a hidden mass grave last year.

"The Trial Chamber... granted today the prosecution's motion to reopen its case to present recently discovered evidence regarding the Tomasica mass grave," the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia said.

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Legal Woes of Former Catalan Leader's Family Deepen

The legal woes of the family of a former longtime leader of Spain's independence-minded region of Catalonia deepened Thursday after police arrested his son on fraud charges.

Police detained Oleguer Pujol, the youngest son of Jordi Pujol, a former regional president and figurehead of the Catalan independence movement, in Barcelona and searched his home and offices across the country in coordinated raids.

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Pope Brands Life in Prison a Hidden Death Sentence

Pope Francis on Thursday branded life-long prison terms "a hidden death sentence" in an attack on "penal populism" that included severe criticism of countries that facilitate torture.

In a wide-ranging speech to a delegation from the International Association of Penal Law, the pontiff said believers should oppose life-long incarceration as strongly as the use of capital punishment.

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Nigeria President Set to Announce Re-Election Bid

A source close to Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said on Thursday the leader of Africa's most populous country has decided to run for re-election in February.

Jonathan met with top officials from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and thanked them for their unanimous endorsement as the party's presidential candidate, the source said.

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Canada Attacks Follow al-Qaida, IS Instructions to a Tee

While they may not have officially been designated as jihadists, two suspected extremists who killed Canadian soldiers in shooting and driving rampages followed instructions issued by Al-Qaida and the Islamic State group to the letter.

The country was left reeling Wednesday after a gunman shot dead a soldier and stormed parliament in Ottawa, just two days after another suspected Islamist militant ran over two military personnel with his car in Quebec, killing one.

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Nigeria 'Ceasefire' with Boko Haram in Doubt after Fresh Unrest

A deadly bombing in northern Nigeria and new details about kidnappings at the weekend blamed on Boko Haram cast further doubt Thursday on the government's claim that the Islamists have agreed to a truce.

As reports emerged that extremists seized dozens more women and girls from the remote northeast -- leaving a few dollars behind as a so-called 'bride price' -- fresh violence rocked the town of Azare in Bauchi state.

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Rwandan Lawmakers Demand BBC Ban over 'Genocide Denial'

Rwandan lawmakers have called for the BBC to be banned from broadcasting in the country after it aired a controversial documentary on the country's leadership and the genocide of 1994, reports said Thursday.

"Rwanda's Untold Story", broadcast this month, highlighted growing criticism of President Paul Kagame and revived allegations that his Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) -- then a rebel group, now the ruling political party -- was behind the shooting down of a plane that triggered the genocide.

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