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May 23, 2015 - 5:12pm
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YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military says troops have killed scores of Islamic extremists and rescued 20 women and children from captivity even as reports come in of Boko Haram fighters slitting villagers' throats and chopping them to death.

That bolsters reports the insurgents are running out of ammunition and resorting to hit-and-run assaults in the face of a Nigerian offensive against their last stronghold in the northeastern Sambisa Forest.

A...

May 23, 2015 - 4:29pm
1 week 3 days ago

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Local media in Burundi are reporting that the leader of an opposition party has been killed by unknown assailants in the nation's capital, Bujumbura.

Iwacu, a prominent news organization in Burundi, reported on its website that Zedi Feruzi of the UPD-Zigamibanga party was assassinated late Saturday in a drive-by shooting.

Two of his guards were also reportedly killed in the attack which is likely to raise tensions in this...

May 23, 2015 - 3:25pm
1 week 3 days ago

TORONTO (AP) — BlackBerry says it is laying off an unspecified number of employees globally as it makes changes to the operations responsible for making its smartphones.

The Waterloo, Ontario-based company said in a statement Saturday that the job cuts will affect people who make the hardware, software and applications for its phones, including devices such as the BlackBerry Bold, Classic and Passport.

BlackBerry refused to say how many jobs were...

May 23, 2015 - 3:02pm
1 week 3 days ago

DUBLIN (AP) — Electoral figures announced today show that Irish voters have approved legalizing gay marriage by a landslide. Figures from yesterday's referendum show 62.1 percent of Irish voters said "yes."

Outside Dublin Castle, where the figures were announced, thousands of gay rights activists cheered, hugged and cried. The unexpectedly strong percentage of approval surprised both sides.

Prime Minister Enda Kenny welcomed the outcome, saying the...

May 23, 2015 - 2:57pm
1 week 3 days ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian news agencies have reported the killing of a prominent separatist commander in eastern Ukraine when his vehicle was ripped apart by a bomb and then strafed by gunfire.

The reports, citing a prosecutor in the separatist Luhansk region, said Saturday's attack killed commander Alexei Mozgovoi and at least six other people. Prosecutor Sergei Gorenko said the identities of the others were not yet known.

The reports gave no suspected...

May 23, 2015 - 2:09pm
1 week 3 days ago

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian drug agents have arrested a senator-elect wanted by the United States in a nearly 20-year-old heroin deal that was the basis for the TV hit "Orange is the New Black."

Spokesman Mitchell Ofoyeju of the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency says agents put Buruji Kashamu under house arrest at his Lagos home Saturday. He says Kashamu, 56, will appear in court Monday to start extradition proceedings to the United States.

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May 23, 2015 - 1:31pm
1 week 3 days ago

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin has signed a law giving prosecutors the power to declare foreign and international organizations "undesirable" in Russia and shut them down.

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have condemned the move as part of an "ongoing draconian crackdown which is squeezing the life out of civil society." The law is part of a Kremlin campaign to stifle dissent that intensified after Putin began his third term in 2012....

May 23, 2015 - 12:31pm
1 week 3 days ago

PARIS (AP) — German Green party politician Daniel Cohn-Bendit, once known as the youthful firebrand "Dany the Red," has been granted French citizenship — nearly a half-century after being expelled from France during the May 1968 student uprising.

Cohn-Bendit, in an email to friends obtained Saturday by The Associated Press, said Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve had called him a day earlier to pass on the news.

In April, shortly before his 70th...

May 23, 2015 - 12:10pm
1 week 3 days ago

MILAN (AP) — Italy's flagship airline Alitalia said a 24-hour strike called for Monday that will force flight cancellations is "disrespectful" of passengers when the Rome airport is still suffering disruptions due to a fire two weeks ago.

Alitalia said in a statement Saturday the strike is falsely evoking the threat of layoffs and that it was called based on issues that had already resolved with other unions representing the majority of pilots and flight attendants....

May 23, 2015 - 11:45am
1 week 3 days ago

LAKE TANGANYIKA, Tanzania (AP) — Hundreds of women, many with children strapped on their backs alongside their few belongings, sing melodious tunes expressing their joy as the small boats approach the ferry M.V. Liemba.

They are among a group of about 600 Burundi refugees evacuated by the U.N. refugee agency Saturday from a makeshift refugee camp at the fishing village of Kagunga, Tanzania. The small town has hosted thousands of refugees and has now been hit by a cholera...

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