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Residents: Boko Haram readies for battle in NE Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Boko Haram fighters are massing at their headquarters in the northeast Nigerian town of Gwoza in preparation for a showdown with multinational forces, residents and an intelligence officer said.... 3/6/2015 5:10 PM

US backs Tunisia's efforts to improve investment appeal
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisia's new government gave an inaugural performance this week by hosting a U.S.-sponsored conference on investment and entrepreneurship designed to boost international confidence in the struggling new democracy.... 3/6/2015 5:10 PM

Greek ultra-right lawmaker cleared over TV talk show slap
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A lawmaker from a Nazi-inspired Greek party was acquitted Friday of a charge stemming from an attack on two female left-wing colleagues during a live TV talk show.... 3/6/2015 4:58 PM

UK broadcasters say they'll hold election debates without PM
LONDON (AP) -- British broadcasters say they will proceed with a series of televised election debates even though Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will only participate in one.... 3/6/2015 4:54 PM

Police release video made by gunman before Ottawa attack
TORONTO (AP) -- The gunman who killed a Canadian soldier and then stormed Parliament before being shot to death believed Canada had no right to involve its military in Afghanistan and that Canadian soldiers are "not even safe in your own land."... 3/6/2015 4:50 PM

Militants attack oil field in central Libya, kill 8
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- Libya's state-run oil company says militants have attacked an oil field, killing eight guards before setting it ablaze.... 3/6/2015 4:48 PM

Mexico finds 2nd mummified body in glacier
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Climbers have found a second mummified body in a glacier on Mexico's tallest peak.... 3/6/2015 4:45 PM

Court postpones hearing in prosecution of Ugandan rebel
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- International Criminal Court judges have postponed a key pretrial hearing for an alleged commander in Ugandan rebel Joseph Kony's notorious Lord's Resistance Army to give prosecutors more time to prepare and possibly broaden the case.... 3/6/2015 4:42 PM

Berlusconi ends community service sentence for tax fraud
MILAN (AP) -- Former Premier Silvio Berlusconi has completed his community service stint on an Alzheimer's ward, part of a tax-fraud sentence.... 3/6/2015 4:39 PM

Kremlin critic Navalny released after 15 days in custody
MOSCOW (AP) -- Leading Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny was released Friday after spending 15 days in custody and vowed that he and his supporters will not be intimidated by the slaying of a top Kremlin critic.... 3/6/2015 4:30 PM

French broadcaster rebuked for 'Jewish influence' question
PARIS (AP) -- France's audiovisual watchdog has reprimanded a cable-TV network and its sister radio station over a journalist's question to a guest whether he believed the prime minister was "under Jewish influence."... 3/6/2015 4:20 PM

Accused rapist dragged from prison and killed by Indian mob
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Several thousand people stormed a prison in northeastern India, where they dragged away a man accused of rape and then lynched him, police said Friday.... 3/6/2015 4:19 PM

BBC exec 'sickened' at phone hacking by UK's Mirror tabloids
LONDON (AP) -- A senior BBC executive said Friday that he felt "invaded and sickened" by the revelation that his phone was hacked repeatedly by staff at Britain's Mirror Group newspapers.... 3/6/2015 4:08 PM

Lakeside communities in Chad live in fear of Boko Haram
N'GOUBOUA, Chad (AP) -- The Boko Haram militants attacked N'gouboua before dawn, marking the first time the Nigerian extremist group had hit a town inside Chad. Crying "Allahu akbar" or God is Great into the pre-dawn darkness, they opened fire indiscriminately and burned scores of mud-brick houses with gasoline, killing at least eight civilians and two security officers.... 3/6/2015 4:04 PM

Frenchman on trial for helping girl, 14, seeking to join IS
PARIS (AP) -- The French girl knew him as "Tony Toxiko" - an Islamic State recruiter who first used Facebook to cajole her into joining him in Syria, then brusquely called to force the issue: Come to me or risk damnation. She was 14.... 3/6/2015 3:51 PM

Pair in alleged Halifax mall murder plot get new court date
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) -- An American woman and a Canadian man accused of plotting to open fire in a Halifax shopping mall will return to court on April 10 to set a date for a preliminary hearing.... 3/6/2015 3:47 PM

IS group erasing history, culture in Syria, Iraq
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Islamic State group's destruction of the ancient city of Nimrud in northern Iraq is part of a systematic campaign to destroy archaeological sites it says promote apostasy.... 3/6/2015 3:47 PM

Security questioned in probe of attack on US envoy to Seoul
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Police on Friday investigated the motive of the anti-U.S. activist they say slashed the U.S. ambassador to South Korea, as questions turned to whether security was neglected.... 3/6/2015 3:42 PM

Dutch investigating old soap for traces of Holocaust victims
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Dutch police have sent two pieces of soap purportedly dating back to World War II for forensic tests to establish if they contain human remains - possibly of Jews murdered in the Holocaust.... 3/6/2015 3:34 PM

UN says it has not received any Ukraine peacekeeping request
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. political chief says Ukraine still hasn't submitted a formal request for a U.N. peacekeeping force to be stationed in eastern regions where government forces are battling Russian-backed separatists.... 3/6/2015 3:32 PM

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