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Kellou Abakar knew she was in trouble as the contractions started not long after an Islamic extremist group attacked her town in Nigeria. Her husband was nowhere to be found, and so she pulled her 4-year-old son onto her back and grabbed her two little girls by the hand.
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UN: Almost half a million people in Darfur displaced in 2014

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  posted 29 minutes ago
A new report from the U.N. secretary-general says nearly half a million people were displaced in Darfur last year, the highest number in a decade for the chaotic region of western Sudan.
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Envelopes with white powder found at Canadian offices

The Associated Press  |  posted 40 minutes ago
Police in Quebec are investigating after envelopes containing white powder were sent to the district offices of at least two Canadian federal ministers.
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Egypt's el-Sissi replaces interior minister in reshuffle

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  posted 49 minutes ago
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Thursday replaced the country's powerful interior minister as part of a Cabinet reshuffle, in what was taken as a sign of growing frustration at the security forces' inability to staunch an increasingly virulent insurgency.
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Turkish minister urges fight against extremists in Syria

Edith M. Lederer and Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 5th - 12:13pm
The world never had a plan to end the worsening Syrian conflict, Turkey's prime minister said Thursday.
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Iranian special operatives free diplomat abducted in Yemen

Nasser Karimi, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 5th - 12:11pm
Iran said Thursday that a team of special operatives has freed an Iranian diplomat abducted more than 19 months ago in Yemen, a rare acknowledgement by Tehran of an intelligence operation carried out on foreign soil.
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Insurgent attacks in Iraqi capital kill at least 16 people

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 5th - 11:42am
Insurgents unleashed a series of attacks mostly targeting civilian areas in and around the Iraqi capital on Thursday, killing at least 16, as Islamic State militants in the country's north set oil wells ablaze in an attempt to slow government forces battling to reclaim territory.
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Alberto Nisman's ex-wife says he was killed

The Associated Press  |  posted Mar 5th - 11:41am
The ex-wife of a prosecutor whose mysterious death has rocked Argentina says a team of experts she hired has concluded that her former husband was killed.
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Balkan blizzard cuts off villages, electricity

Aida Cerkez, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 5th - 11:12am
Heavy snow and rainfall left villages in the Balkans without power Thursday, and caused floods, landslides and traffic jams in Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro.
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NATO, Russia exchange barbs reminiscent of Cold War days

Raf Casert and Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 5th - 11:12am
NATO and Russia exchanged heated language reminiscent of Cold War days on Thursday with accusations of sinister geopolitical plotting and human rights abuses flying across an increasingly deep divide.
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Boko Haram killing men, tribes linked to Chad, witnesses say

Haruna Umar, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 5th - 11:02am
Boko Haram militants are rampaging through northeast Nigerian villages and selectively killing men, boys and members of the same tribe as Chadian forces that have dealt major blows to the Nigerian Islamic extremists, witnesses said Thursday.
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UK teacher sentenced to 6 years for trying to join IS group

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 5th - 10:42am
A teacher whose family helped thwart his plans to travel to Syria to fight alongside the Islamic State group was sentenced to six years in prison on Thursday in a case that highlighted the struggles of parents trying to stop their children from being radicalized.
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Burkina Faso allows family to exhume grave of Thomas Sankara

The Associated Press  |  posted Mar 5th - 9:51am
Burkina Faso's interim government has authorized the exhumation of the supposed grave of assassinated revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara.
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Floods kill 42 people in Tanzania, authorities say

Ali Sultan, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 5th - 9:43am
Floods from a heavy 30-minute storm in Tanzania killed at least 42 people in an area close to Lake Victoria in Kahama district, authorities said.
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Thai court sentences 'Red Shirts' to jail for 2009 rioting

The Associated Press  |  posted Mar 5th - 9:43am
A Thai court sentenced 15 members of the "Red Shirt" political movement to four years in prison on Thursday for inciting rioting that disrupted an important regional conference in 2009, news reports said.
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Ambassador has surgery after knife attack

The Associated Press  |  posted Mar 5th - 9:41am
The U.S. ambassador to South Korea says he's doing well and will be back to work "ASAP," despite having surgery to his face and arm.
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Last Ebola patient is released in Liberia

Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 5th - 9:41am
Liberia released its last Ebola patient, a 58-year old teacher, from a treatment center on Thursday, beginning its countdown to being declared Ebola free.
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Russia launches military drills in the southwest

The Associated Press  |  posted Mar 5th - 9:33am
Russia's military on Thursday launched maneuvers of air defense forces in the southwest of the country, the latest in a series of frequent drills amid tensions with the West.
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Russian policeman gets 15-year sentence for spying for US

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 5th - 9:32am
A Russian police officer was convicted Thursday on charges of spying for the United States — using a cache disguised as a rock — and sentenced to 15 years in prison. It was the latest in a host of spy cases amid rising Russia-West tensions over Ukraine.
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US draft urges UN to condemn use of chlorine in Syria

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 5th - 9:22am
The United States has circulated a draft resolution in the U.N. Security Council that condemns the use of toxic chemicals such as chlorine in Syria without assigning blame, while threatening militarily enforced action in the case of further violations.
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UK report: Spy agencies should seek female recruits online

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 5th - 9:13am
British lawmakers say the country's intelligence agencies, which inspired James Bond, aren't doing enough to promote real-life Jane Bonds.
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Cameron accused of 'running scared' for refusing TV debate

Sylvia Hui, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 5th - 9:03am
Britain is counting down to its general election in just over two months — and the name-calling has begun in earnest.
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Mexico court orders trial for alleged Knights Templar leader

The Associated Press  |  posted Mar 5th - 9:02am
A Mexican court has ordered alleged drug lord Servando Gomez to stand trial on drug and organized-crime charges.
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