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Captive Colombia general`s release delayed to Sunday

Colombia`s FARC guerrillas said Thursday they will free a general whose capture has derailed peace negotiations a day later than announced, delaying efforts to get the talks back on track.

 

Billionaire media mogul seeks to lead Quebec separatists

Media mogul Pierre Karl Peladeau announced Thursday he will seek the leadership of the Parti Quebecois, the standardbearer of a movement to split the province from the rest of Canada.

 

Schools close in Niger`s east over Boko Haram attack fears

Schools and health centres were closed in the east of Niger out of fear of attacks by Boko Haram, an Islamist group based in Nigeria which is increasingly staging cross-border raids.

Slovakia plans referendum on same-sex marriage, adoption

Slovakia will hold a referendum in February on whether to maintain a ban on same-sex marriage in the largely Roman Catholic EU member, President Andrej Kiska said on Thursday.

 

25 years on, Colombia mourns Escobar plane bombing

Twenty-five years after late Colombian druglord Pablo Escobar ordered the bombing of a Boeing 727 to kill an enemy who turned out not to be on board, victims` families are still demanding justice.
 

Mexico leader plans to dissolve local police forces

Mexico`s president announced plans Thursday to dissolve the country`s corruption-plagued municipal police forces, in a sweeping security reform amid a crisis over the role of gang-linked police in the presumed massacre of 43 students.

 

Taliban attack Kabul guesthouse and British embassy car

Taliban militants attacked a foreign guesthouse in central Kabul on Thursday, hours after a suicide bomber targeted a British embassy vehicle in a blast that killed six people, triggering fears of spiralling unrest.

 

UK court to rule on landmark pregnancy crime case

A British court is to rule on whether a woman committed a "crime of violence" against her child by drinking heavily during pregnancy, in a case that has raised concerns about criminalising mothers.

EU Parliament urges Serbia to crack down on war crimes suspect

The European parliament on Thursday urged Belgrade, a candidate for EU membership, to crack down on Serb ultra-nationalist Vojislav Seselj who was released by a UN war crimes court for cancer treatment.

Embattled Mexico leader to unveil anti-corruption plan

Mexico`s embattled President Enrique Pena Nieto will unveil Thursday a plan to combat corruption in a bid to contain a crisis over the apparent massacre of 43 students by a police-backed gang.

Most of world`s poorest nations stuck in a structural rut: UN

The planet`s poorest nations like Ethiopia, Malawi and Angola have failed to cash in on strong economic growth due to a lack of structural reforms and left them wallowing in poverty, the UN warned Thursday.

UN declares Gaza City emergency for floods

A United Nations agency declared a state of "emergency" in Gaza City Thursday, after two days of heavy rains and flooding in the war-ravaged Palestinian enclave.

Ukrainian parliament keeps PM, elects new speaker

The newly elected Ukrainian parliament in its first session Thursday decided to keep Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk in his post but elected Deputy Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman as the speaker.
 

Czech nurse charged for murdering six patients: Report

A former Czech nurse was indicted with six counts of murder over allegations she poisoned patients with massive doses of potassium during the past four years, Czech media reported on Thursday.

Northeast Nigeria bus station blast kills 40 people: Sources

A roadside bomb tore through a bus station near a busy junction in northeast Nigeria on Thursday, killing 40 people including five soldiers, witnesses and a security source on the scene said.

Islamic State lacks funds to keep control of Iraqi, Syrian territory: Experts

Islamic State (IS) militants may ultimately lose the war in Iraq and Syria because they do not have enough money to run the territory under their control, despite holding assets worth more than $2 trillion, international terrorism experts said.

11 burned bodies found in southern Mexico

Mexican authorities say they have found the partly burned bodies of 11 men dumped on the side of a road in the southern state of Guerrero.

Somali child sex gangs convicted in Britain

Thirteen Somali men have been convicted of being part of gangs which sexually abused young teenage girls, it could be reported Thursday, the latest in a series of similar cases exposed in English towns and cities.

Blasts, gunfire in Kabul after suicide bomber hits UK embassy car
Blasts, gunfire in Kabul after suicide bomber hits UK embassy car

Gunfire and explosions rocked Kabul on Thursday as Taliban militants attacked a central district that houses several embassies and foreign compounds, hours after a suicide bomber targeted a British embassy vehicle, killing six people.

Iraqi forces hold off jihadist attack on Ramadi

Iraqi forces held off a jihadist assault on the government headquarters in the capital of Anbar province, deploying reinforcements in the key battleground against the Islamic State group, officers said on Thursday.

EU adds 18 Ukrainian separatist groups, individuals to blacklist

The European Union on Thursday added five separatist groups and 13 individuals to a blacklist for their role in Ukraine, this month in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, diplomatic sources said.

Ferguson calm as new US police shooting in spotlight

The streets of Ferguson were calm Thursday on the Thanksgiving holiday, but video showing Cleveland police shooting dead a young black boy could once again inflame simmering tensions over race and justice in America.

Nigeria's Jonathan 'misread' Boko Haram threat: Ex-president

Nigeria's influential ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo has accused the current leader Goodluck Jonathan of misreading the Boko Haram crisis and allowing the threat to escalate to "gargantuan" heights.

Sierra Leone to miss target for beating Ebola: UN

The United Nations' Ebola response mission admitted today it was going to miss its target for beating the deadly epidemic in Sierra Leone due to a chronic shortage of hospital beds.

Turkey jails professor for `denying headscarved student entry`

A prominent Turkish professor on Thursday began a jail sentence after being convicted of preventing a female student wearing a Muslim headscarf from entering the university where he worked, his law

Gangster got four female prison guards pregnant in jail!
Gangster got four female prison guards pregnant in jail!

In a shocking case of prison corruption, a notorious gangster impregnated four female prison guards inside the jail, prosecutors said.

British supermarkets sold contaminated chicken

 Eight of the every 10 fresh chickens bought from British supermarkets this summer were contaminated with the potentially lethal food-poisoning bug campylobacter, the food watchdog has said.

Israel thwarts attack on Jerusalem stadium: Shin Bet

Israel has thwarted a planned attack by the Palestinian group Hamas on Jerusalem`s biggest football stadium, arresting 30 suspected militants commanded from Turkey, security services said Thursday.

Majority of Russians believe their troops are not fighting in Ukraine: Poll

A majority of Russians believe their country`s troops are not fighting in eastern Ukraine but nearly half would be glad if it turned out they were, an opinion poll showed on Thursday. 

Philippines refuses to free convicted Chinese fishermen

Senior Philippine officials on Thursday insisted the government will not release nine Chinese fishermen who were convicted of poaching in disputed waters, defying pressure from Beijing.