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Dozens killed in Nigeria bombings as end of Ramadan observed

Nigeria bombingsAt least 60 people have been killed in separate bomb blasts across northeastern Nigeria in the past 24 hours as local Muslims gathered to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr feast that marks the end of Ramadan.

Friday, two bombs detonated in open-air prayer areas, known as Eid grounds, where worshippers were gathered in observance of the final day of the holy month. Nigerian army spokesman Col. Sani Usman said the two suicide bombers included a 10-year-old girl. Because of the threat of violence, worshipers were being screened before entering the Eid grounds.


Israel closes TV station on Palestinian identity

Israel closes Palestinian stationRamallah, occupied West Bank - Israel has ordered a six-month closure of Palestine 48, a new Palestinian television channel funded by the Palestinian Authority and catering to Palestinian citizens of Israel.

"I will not allow for Israel's sovereignty to be harmed or for the Palestinian Authority to gain a foothold in Israeli territory," said Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who on Thursday signed an order claiming that the channel did not have the authorisation to operate in Israel.


Former Auschwitz guard, 94, convicted as accessory to murder

Auschwitz guard sentencedOskar Groening confessed during his trial to feeling "moral guilt" for serving as an SS sergeant at Auschwitz. On Wednesday, a court ruled that he was guilty of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews and sentenced him to four years in prison.

The 94-year-old, who testified that he oversaw the collection of prisoners' belongings and ensured valuables and cash were separated to be sent to Berlin, listened expressionlessly to the verdict after a 2 1/2-month trial that could set a legal landmark.


NSA document: Israeli special forces assassinated top Syrian military official

Israelis killed Assad advisorEvidence has emerged from leaked US signals intelligence intercepts that Israeli special forces were responsible for assassinating a senior Syrian military official who was a close adviser to President Bashar al-Assad.

Brig Gen Mahmoud Suleiman was shot dead on a beach near the northern Syrian port of Tartus in August 2008. The Guardian reported at the time that the seaside murder was perpetrated by a sniper firing from a yacht moored offshore.


French minister says double plant blast was criminal act

petrocheical plant explosionFrance's interior minister says a double blast in two huge fuel tanks at a petrochemical plant in southern France is of criminal origin.

Bernard Cazeneuve told lawmakers on Wednesday that "the motive has not been established" to explain the explosions Tuesday at the plant near the Marseille Provence Airport.

The double blasts in two tanks 500 meters apart threw plumes of black smoke into the sky visible for miles. No one was injured.



Revealed: USAID funded group supporting Haitian president in 2010

MartellyThe U.S. Agency for International Development gave nearly $100,000 to a Haitian political movement with close ties to President Michel Martelly in the country’s 2010 elections, documents obtained by Al Jazeera show.

The money was allocated shortly after Washington helped overturn the election results to thrust Martelly into power.

On the afternoon of Haiti’s Nov. 28, 2010, elections, 12 of 18 presidential candidates took the stage at the glamorous Karibe Hotel, high up in the mountains that surround the capital.


How Israel Hopes To Scuttle Iran Deal

NetanyahuIsrael will ramp up its lobbying of the U.S. Congress to try to hinder the nuclear agreement struck with Iran on Tuesday and minutely monitor the deal for any violations in the hope of getting sanctions reimposed on Tehran.

Responding with alacrity to news that six world powers had agreed to lift sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program, Israel’s prime minister and other senior officials condemned the historic pact.


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