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Somali forces kill ‘more than 100’ al-Shabab fighters

At least 115 fighters of the militant Islamist group al-Shabab have been killed in heavy fighting with pro-government forces in northern Somalia, the regional government says. A further 110 militants were captured during the fighting, the Galmudug government added in a statement. There has been no independent confirmation of the claims. The al-Qaeda-linked militants have drifted north after losing ground ...

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Lahore attack: Pakistan PM Sharif demands swift action on terror

Pakistan’s PM has urged better coordination between security agencies against terror, a day after a suicide bomb killed more than 70 in Lahore. At a meeting of security officials, Nawaz Sharif said the nation’s resolve to deal with militants was growing. A number of arrests were made and weapons seized in five raids by security forces, the army said. Taliban ...

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Brussels, Paris attacks: 8 suspects at large

European security agencies are searching for at least eight suspects they believe are linked to the ISIS attacks in Paris and Brussels. Their names are listed in an 11-page security bulletin that was circulated among European law enforcement agencies on March 23, the day after the Brussels attacks. All but one of the suspects are said to have connections to ...

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‘Suicide bomber’ claims to be missing Nigeria schoolgirl

Authorities in Cameroon and Nigeria are investigating a claim from a would-be suicide bomber that she was one of a group of schoolgirls abducted in 2014. The Nigerian government is sending parents to Cameroon to attempt to identify the girl. She told investigators in Cameroon she was one of 270 kidnapped in Chibok by jihadist group Boko Haram. The abductions ...

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Trump laments ‘ripped off’ America

US presidential hopeful Donald Trump has vowed to pursue an “America First” foreign policy, saying many nations, including allies, “ripped off” the US. The frontrunner for the Republican nomination for the November election was speaking to the New York Times. Mr Trump said he would consider pulling out troops from Japan and South Korea if they did not pay the ...

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Pope Francis condemns failure to help migrants

Pope Francis has condemned those who fail to help migrants, during his traditional Easter speech in Rome. The Pope said migrants often met “rejection from those who could offer them welcome and assistance”. He also condemned terrorism as “a blind and brutal violence” that should be fought with “weapons of love”. The Pope was delivering his “urbi et orbi” (To ...

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Al Jazeera network to cut 500 jobs

The Qatar-based Al Jazeera media network has announced that it is cutting 500 jobs. It said the job reduction would affect posts worldwide but most of the losses would be in Qatar. Acting director general Mostefa Souag said the decision was “difficult” but the group was “confident it is the right step”. Al Jazeera, funded by the Qatari government, was ...

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Muslim shopkeeper murdered hours after posting Easter message

A devout Muslim shopkeeper was savagely killed in the street shortly after posting an Easter message “to my beloved Christian nation”. Asad Shah, 40, died from injuries sustained in the attack on Thursday night in which his killers are believed to have stabbed him and stamped on his head. Medics tried to save him but he died in hospital. Police ...

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Sanders trounces Clinton in three states

Bernie Sanders has swept to victory over Hillary Clinton in all three states that voted for the Democratic presidential nominee on Saturday. The biggest prize was Washington state, but Mr Sanders also won in Alaska and Hawaii, boosting his campaign. He was estimated to have taken more than 70% of the vote in all three. Mr Sanders thanked his supporters ...

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‘Suicide bomber’ claims to be missing Nigeria schoolgirl

Authorities in Cameroon and Nigeria are investigating a claim from a would-be suicide bomber that she was one of a group of schoolgirls abducted in 2014. The Nigerian government is sending parents to Cameroon to attempt to identify the girl. She told investigators in Cameroon she was one of 270 kidnapped in Chibok by jihadist group Boko Haram. The abductions ...

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