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French mother gets 9 years in prison for killing 8 newborns

A Frenchwoman accused of killing eight of her newborns over more than a decade has been sentenced to nine years in prison after a dramatic murder trial.

Iran nuclear talks set to drag into weekend -- and beyond

Agonising talks towards a grand bargain nuclear deal between Iran and major powers looked set today to drag into the weekend and beyond, with stubborn differences still separating the two sides in Vienna.

Air strike kills IS leader in Syria: Pentagon

A senior Islamic State leader who recruited funds and fighters and procured weapons for the jihadists has been killed in a coalition air strike in Syria, the Pentagon said Thursday.

UN says Burundi election was not free, fair or credible

Burundi`s parliamentary election was not free, fair, transparent or credible and violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms were committed, the United Nations said on Thursday.

Barack Obama mocks Republicans about 2016 `Hunger Games`

US President Barack Obama has one wish for the Republicans trying to succeed him: that the odds are ever in their favor.

Nearly 150 killed in suspected Boko Haram attacks in NE Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram militants have killed nearly 150 people in northeastern Nigerian villages, mowing down men and children while they prayed in mosques and shooting women preparing food at home, witnesses said Thursday.

14 killed as train falls into canal in Pakistan

At least 14 people including a senior army officer were killed on Thursday when a train carrying soldiers fell into a canal in Pakistan following the partial collapse of a bridge, as a government minister hinted at sabotage.

Six UN peacekeepers killed in northern Mali

Militants killed at least six United Nations soldiers on Thursday in northern Mali, in one the deadliest ever attacks on the world`s most dangerous peacekeeping mission, claimed by Al-Qaeda`s north African arm.

Democratic ex-senator Jim Webb enters US presidential race

Former US senator Jim Webb of Virginia, a Vietnam war veteran who served as secretary of the navy, announced Thursday he is running for president, challenging frontrunner Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination.

Malaysia moves ahead with proposed UN tribunal for MH17 culprits

Malaysia told the Security Council on Thursday that it plans to present a draft resolution soon on creating a UN tribunal to try those responsible for the downing of a Malaysia Airlines flight over Ukraine.

Afghan ''hero soldier'' of parliament attack arrested in traffic death

An Afghan soldier hailed as a hero for defending parliament from a Taliban assault has been arrested after a fatal traffic accident in Kabul involving a car he had been given as a reward, the Ministry of Interior said on Thursday.

Five killed in Colombia mine explosion: Official

Five people were killed in a methane gas explosion at a coal mine in central Colombia, the head of the national disaster management agency said Thursday.

No racial motivation seen in US church fires: ATF

Fires at six African-American churches in the southern United States do not appear to be linked or racially motivated, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said Thursday.

Ministers convene at Iran talks but breakthrough not yet in sight

Tehran and world powers were still shy of a breakthrough at nuclear talks on Thursday as foreign ministers flew in to lend heft to negotiations that focused on how soon sanctions would be lifted and how Iran`s compliance with a deal would be checked.

US envoy called to Merkel office to discuss spy 'crisis'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office asked the US ambassador to come in on Thursday to discuss new allegations of NSA spying, which threaten to drive a new wedge through transatlantic ties.

Russia slashes state funding for `foreign agent` NGOs

Some of Russia`s leading NGOs said Thursday that their work would be hit after they were turned down for grants by a government that brands them "foreign agents" under a controversial law.

Syria rejects UN criticism of barrel bombs, says ''technical'' issue

Syria rejected a U.N. Human Rights Council resolution condemning its aerial bombing tactics record on Thursday, saying the use of barrel bombs was a "technical" issue that was no business of the Geneva-based body.

Military kills 23 militants in Egypt

At least 23 militants were killed today in airstrikes by army on militant hideouts in Egypt's restive North Sinai, a day after heavily-armed IS terrorists launched simultaneous suicide attacks on army checkposts in the Peninsula, killing at least 70 people, mostly soldiers.

Nigeria returns 10,000 euros to French love scam victim

Nigeria's anti-graft agency said on Thursday it had returned 10,000 euros to a French man who thought he met a beautiful Nigerian woman online willing to move to France... Only to find out it was a scam.

Stop spoiling God's garden: Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Thursday called on humankind to "stop ruining the garden God has entrusted to us" -- reiterating his recent message on environment protection.

Deadly clashes rock Yemen as UN raises emergency level

At least 22 people were killed Thursday in Yemen as fighting raged in the southern port of Aden and Saudi-led warplanes bombed Shiite rebels in the capital Sanaa, officials said.

`Boko Haram` kills 48 in more raids in Nigeria: Witnesses

Suspected Boko Haram militants gunned down 48 Muslim worshippers in two northeastern Nigerian villages, witnesses and a lawmaker said Thursday, shortly after some 100 people in the same region died in a similar attack.

Meditating Portuguese actor mistaken for terrorist on Paris plane, taken off flight

A Portuguese actor humming a prayer as he meditated to a sacred Tibetan text onboard a plane awaiting takeoff from Paris was mistaken for a terrorist by alarmed passengers and taken off the flight by police.

Syrian conflict forces children to provide for families: Unicef

In four years of the civil war in Syria, many children have become the backbone of many families who fled the conflict and are living as refugees in neighbouring countries, the Unicef said on Thursday.

US envoy `invited` to Merkel office to discuss spy reports
US envoy `invited` to Merkel office to discuss spy reports

Chancellor Angela Merkel`s office asked the US ambassador to come in Thursday to discuss new allegations of NSA spying, which threatened to drive a new wedge through transatlantic ties.

English MPs to get new veto powers in UK parliament

English lawmakers from constituencies in England will get veto powers over laws affecting their region rather than the whole of UK under a new proposal which also removes the ability of Scottish MPs to vote on issues that deal specifically with England.

UK police hold two women for alleged terror offences
UK police hold two women for alleged terror offences

 British police on Thursday charged a 26-year-old woman with inciting terror through Twitter and membership of the Islamic State group, and arrested a 15-year-old girl on suspicion of preparing an attack.

All clear at Washington Navy Yard after shooting reports
All clear at Washington Navy Yard after shooting reports

A US Navy installation in Washington was given the all-clear Thursday after locking down for several hours over unconfirmed reports that an active gunman was on the loose, authorities said.

Tunisian police arrest three, smash terror cell in port city

Tunisian security forces on Thursday broke up an alleged Islamic State (IS)-linked terrorist cell in the port city of Sfax and arrested three of its members, a radio station reported.

UK seeks political consensus for Syria air strikes
UK seeks political consensus for Syria air strikes

The British defence minister has appealed for political consensus while laying the groundwork for air strikes on Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria, saying the terrorists needed to be targeted "at source".