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Nigeria: Boko Haram attack repelled...13 troops killed in Ukraine fighting...Egypt frees journalist



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MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — The Nigerian military says its troops have repelled Islamic extremists who were attacking northeastern Nigeria's largest city from four sides. Terrified residents fled their homes on the outskirts of Maiduguri (my-DOO'-goor-ee) during five hours of heavy artillery fire. Soldiers say hundreds of insurgents were killed. Some civilians were also killed. Boko Haram (BOH'-koh hah-RAHM') has been closing in on the city of 2 million for several weeks.

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine says 13 of its servicemen have been killed and 20 wounded as troops battle Russia-backed separatist forces. The rebels are trying to get control of a government-held railway hub as they try to consolidate their control in eastern Ukraine. More than a dozen Ukrainian tanks and other heavy military vehicles were heading to the area, apparently to reinforce the government troops.

CAIRO (AP) — An Australian reporter for Al-Jazeera has been released from an Egyptian prison after more than a year behind bars. And a Cairo airport official says the reporter, Peter Greste, has left Egypt on a flight to Cyprus. Earlier, an Egyptian prison official and the nation's official news agency said the reporter was released following a presidential "approval." He is one of three journalists who were sentenced to at least seven years in prison on terrorism-related charges last year in a trial described as a sham by rights groups.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico authorities say a 3-year-old boy got ahold of a handgun from his mother's purse and fired a shot that wounded both his parents. Albuquerque police say the toddler apparently reached for an iPod but found the loaded weapon. Police say the father was treated and released, while the mother, who is eight months pregnant, was hospitalized in stable condition. The parents will be investigated for possible negligence charges.

HENNIKER, N.H. (AP) — A small town in New Hampshire is trying to figure out the next step after losing its fleet of snow plows in a fire. A storm heading that way could dump up to a foot of snow. Officials say the fire apparently started in the engine of one of the trucks after a road-clearing operation.

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