Cleveland mayor apologizes for Tamir Rice ambulance claim

The city of Cleveland apologized on Thursday for its role in preparing a $500 ambulance services claim against the estate of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was fatally shot by police in November 2014, and said it was withdrawing the demand. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said the city gave the claim to the estate’s executor out […]

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Falana is pained, frustrated over failed ambition to govern Ekiti – Fayose’s aide

Special Assistant to the Ekiti State Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka has said the persistent attack on Governor Ayodele Fayose by self-acclaimed human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) was out of pain and frustration occasioned by his failed ambition to govern Ekiti State. The governor’s spokesperson said it was strange that […]

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2 deputies, suspect killed after shooting at Maryland Panera

Two sheriff’s deputies were shot and killed Wednesday at a busy Maryland shopping center by a gunman who was also killed in the resulting shootout, authorities said. The identities of the deputies have not been released. The suspect, identified as 67-year-old David Evans, had outstanding warrants in two states for his arrest, including for assaulting […]

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Pope and Russian patriarch edge towards warmer relations

Pope Francis’ meeting with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will be the first between a leader of the Roman Catholic Church and a spiritual head of Russian Orthodoxy since their Churches split in the 11th Century, mainly over the issue of papal authority. Its significance for both Churches is immense. Whatever the joint […]

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Twitter shares drop on slowing user growth

Shares of Twitter fell in after-hours trading as the company’s quarterly results showed user growth faltering. Twitter reported a net loss of $90m (£62m) for the last three months of 2015 versus a loss of $125m a year ago. The social media site saw its user growth stall, with 320 million average monthly active users […]

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Backpackers ‘escape murder attempt’ in South Australia

An Australian man has been charged over the alleged kidnapping and attempted murder of two female backpackers on a beach south of Adelaide. Reports said the women, believed to be European, were rescued after they managed to escape from their captor and run off in different directions. One was recaptured, but the other ran screaming […]

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Oregon stand-off: FBI surrounds last occupiers

The FBI has moved in on the last four occupiers of a wildlife reserve in the US state of Oregon who are protesting against federal control of local land. Agents have been placed behind barricades near the self-styled militia’s encampment, a statement said. The four have refused to leave despite the arrest of the group’s […]

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In pictures: The aftermath of Taiwan’s deadly tremo

Rescue workers search for survivors after earthquake topples buildings in Tainan, southern Taiwan. Rescue workers are searching for survivors after a powerful earthquake toppled buildings in Tainan, southern Taiwan, early on Saturday. Firefighters and soldiers scrambled to the site of two collapsed residential high-rises with ladders, cranes and other equipment and extracted 221 people from […]

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Sweden detains Poles over plot to attack asylum centre

Arrests come as Sweden’s far right becomes increasingly vocal and as incitement for attacks against refugees spreads. Stockholm, Sweden – Fourteen men of Polish origin are being questioned in Sweden on suspicion of planning an attack on an asylum centre south of Stockholm. Police said on Tuesday the detained are suspected of crimes including preparation […]

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Student kills own baby in Kaduna

An SS1 student of the Federal Government Girls College, Malali, Kaduna state has been arrested after she allegedly murdered her own baby and tried to dispose of the corpse today February 10th. According toDaily Trust, the student attempted to throw the baby over a female hostel fence, but the corpse got caught on the fence […]

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Al-Shabab ‘planning Somalia attacks using AU uniforms’

The African Union said the uniforms were taken from its army camps [File: AP] The African Union (AU) says the al-Qaeda-linked armed group, al-Shabab, is planning attacks in Somalia using AU troop uniforms as disguises. The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said the uniforms were stolen by al-Shabab fighters from military camps belonging to the 22,000-strong […]

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Nigerian refugee camp hit by twin suicide bombings

More than 70 people have been killed in a double suicide attack at a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northeast Nigeria, local officials told Al Jazeera. The twin suicide bombings in Borno state on Tuesday morning – reportedly committed by women – also left 78 people injured, officials added. Information about the attacks […]

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Russian-backed Aleppo offensive ‘kills hundreds’

At least 500 people, including 89 civilians, have been killed since the Russian-backed offensive on Aleppo province began earlier this month, a monitoring group has said. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Wednesday that at least 500 people have been killed since the Syrian government, backed by Russian air strikes, launched a major offensive from […]

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