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Civilians killed in series of bomb blasts in Baghdad

Civilians killed in BaghdadA series of bomb blasts has killed at least 15 people and wounded 55 others in Baghdad, according to police and medics.

In the first attack on Tuesday, a lone bomber detonated himself around a gathering of construction workers on a commercial street in the Jadida neighbourhood in the east of the city, a police official said.


Canadian Professor Homa Hoodfar Freed From Iranian Jail

Amanda GhahremaniCanadian-Iranian academic Homa Hoodfar is now free after spending three months in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison, according to a statement from Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Hoodfar, 65, who holds Canadian, Irish and Iranian citizenship, and is a professor emerita at Montreal’s Concordia University, was arrested in June on charges of collaborating with a hostile government against national security and of propaganda against the state. She was in Tehran conducting historical research on women’s involvement in Iranian elections, according to Amnesty International.


Colombia and FARC sign historic pact ending 52-year war

Fark and Colombia sign pactColombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Marxist rebel leader Timochenko used a pen made from a bullet on Monday to sign an agreement ending a half-century war that killed a quarter of a million people and made their nation a byword for violence.

After four years of negotiations in Havana, Santos, 65, and Timochenko - a nom de guerre for 57-year-old revolutionary Rodrigo Londono - shook hands on Monday on Colombian soil for the first time.


Bodies litter floor at makeshift hospital in Aleppo

Aleppo horrorHospitals are struggling to cope in Syria's Aleppo as government and Russian fighter jets continued to pound the city's rebel-held east, killing more than 200 people in under a week.

Al Jazeera's Amr al-Halabi, reporting from a makeshift hospital in the city, described a bleak situation as the hospital overflowed with dozens of dead and wounded people.


Boko Haram leader resurfaces, demands hostage swap for Chibok girls

Boko HaramThe leader of the militant group Boko Haram reportedly resurfaced in a video posted online Sunday, refuting reports he died in an airstrike and saying the group will release the missing Chibok girls if the Nigerian government agrees to a prisoner swap.

"You have been spreading in the social media that you injured or killed me," the man who identified himself as Abubakar Shekau said in the 40-minute video released on YouTube dated Sep. 25. "Oh tyrants, I'm in a happy state, in good health and in safety."


Finns protest against racism after man assaulted at neo-Nazi rally dies

Finns protest racismMore than 15,000 people gathered in Helsinki on Saturday to protest against racism and violence, after the death of a man assaulted during a neo-Nazi rally in the city earlier this month.

Following an influx of asylum seekers last year, anti-immigration sentiment has been on the rise in the small Nordic country, which has little experience of taking in large numbers of refugees.


'Aleppo burning' as Syrian jets pummel rebel-held areas

AleppoSyrian army jets have launched more than 150 air strikes on eastern Aleppo in the last 24 hours, killing at least 90 people in the northern city and its countryside, according to residents.

The latest raids on Friday, part of a new Syrian government offensive to recapture rebel-held parts of Aleppo, destroyed emergency service structures, as well as underground shelters used by civilians to hide from bombings.


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