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Militia group frees 163 children in Central African Republic

29 August 2015, 14:45

An armed group has freed 163 children in Central African Republic which is riven by sectarian violence.

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Biden backers eye gay support for presidential bid

29 August 2015, 08:03

Backers of US Vice President Joe Biden are reaching out to donors and activists in the gay and lesbian community to line up financial and political support if Biden - who endorsed same-sex marriage before Hillary Clinton - decides to run for president.

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DRC fires leave thousands homeless

29 August 2015, 08:03

Widespread bush fires fanned by strong winds have destroyed hundreds of homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo, leaving thousands of people without shelter.

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Clashes force thousands to flee after beheading

29 August 2015, 08:03

Fresh violence in the central CAR town of Bambari ahead of the planned presidential elections next month has forced thousands to flee.

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Mom angry over $60 for Barcelona match ticket for baby

28 August 2015, 21:30

A Spanish woman is fuming after football club Barcelona made her pay 54 euros ($60) for a match ticket for her 10-month-old baby even though the seat wouldn't be used.

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What's in a billion? Facebook users hit milestone in 1 day

28 August 2015, 20:18

A billion people logged in to Facebook on a single day this week, marking the first time that many members used the world's largest online social network in a 24-hour period. The number amounts to one-seventh of the Earth's population.

Brazil enters recession in second quarter

28 August 2015, 19:38

Brazil is in recession, official figures showed, adding to the gloom in the world's seventh largest economy already battered by falling commodity prices, political crisis and a corruption scandal.

Stigma, discrimination, hamper transgender employees

28 August 2015, 18:10

When the White House announced that it had hired its first transgender staff member, the move was hailed as a milestone in the fight for equality.

Polish twins reunited after almost 70 years

28 August 2015, 17:22

Twin brothers who were separated shortly after they were born in Germany in 1946 to a former Polish forced labourer have been reunited, the Polish Red Cross reports.

Ex-archbishop dies ahead of paedophilia trial

28 August 2015, 17:22

Former Polish archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, who would have been the first high-ranking church official to go on trial on paedophile charges, died overnight, a Vatican source says.

1 000s flee renewed fighting in Central African Republic

28 August 2015, 16:11

The UN says several thousand people have been forced to flee their homes after days of fighting in the Central African Republic town of Bambari.

Egypt court sentences 12 ISIS supporters to death

28 August 2015, 15:18

An Egyptian court has sentenced to death 12 members of the Islamic State group for planning attacks against police and soldiers in the country, a judicial official says.

Standoff over gay marriage licenses wears on, despite ruling

28 August 2015, 14:22

Standoff in Kentucky over gay marriage licenses wears on, despite appeals court order

Iran premieres big-budget epic film 'Muhammad'

28 August 2015, 13:12

Iran's most expensive movie, "Muhammad", which chronicles the childhood of the Muslim prophet, opened nationwide on Thursday, winning praise from early audiences.

Suspected Boko Haram fighters kill three in southern Niger

28 August 2015, 11:08

Suspected Boko Haram militants raided a village in southern Niger, killing three people including a soldier, security sources in the West African nation said on Thursday.

Man convicted in plot to sell deadly ricin as 'death pills'

28 August 2015, 12:09

A New York man has been convicted in a plot to sell deadly ricin as 'death pills' for 'risk-free' murder.

Brazil police raid gang of synthetic drug traffickers

28 August 2015, 11:08

Brazilian police have raided a synthetic drug trafficking gang in nationwide operations.

Vietnam grants amnesty to more than 18,000 prisoners

28 August 2015, 09:47

Vietnam has marked its National Day by granting amnesty to more than 18,000 prisoners.

IS struggle to make progress in Taliban bastion Afghanistan

28 August 2015, 09:47

The Islamic State group had ambitious plans for Afghanistan, but Taliban resistance, US drone strikes, and a society less scarred by sectarianism mean the extremists have so far failed to repeat their Middle Eastern breakthrough.

Taiwan to launch softer than soft porn-star metro cards

28 August 2015, 08:54

Taiwan will roll out "angel" and "devil" metro cards featuring a Japanese porn star next week, despite a public outcry and a previous decision to scrap the project.

At least 201 rescued after boat sinks off Libyan coast

28 August 2015, 08:54

Around 201 people have been rescued after a boat packed with mainly African migrants and bound for Italy sank off the Libyan coast, officials say.

Greece gets first female PM - for just 3 weeks

28 August 2015, 07:52

Greece has its first female prime minister - if only for just over three weeks.

Nazi 'gold train' may be booby-trapped

28 August 2015, 07:52

Poland's government has warned treasure-hunters that the Nazi "gold train" allegedly discovered in the country's west, is probably booby-trapped.

US TV anchor recalls horror of colleagues' on-air murder

28 August 2015, 07:52

Kimberly McBroom, who was anchoring the morning news show on WDBJ when two of her colleagues were gunned down on-air, says that even after she heard "popping sounds," murder did not occur to her.

Apple fast closing in on wearable device

27 August 2015, 22:42

Apple, which launched the Apple Watch in June, is within striking distance of leader Fitbit Inc in the wearable devices market, market research firm IDC said.

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