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2,000 hostages freed as African troops close in on Boko Haram

hostages freed as troops close in on Boko haramAt least 2,000 hostages were freed and more than 300 Islamist militants killed as government troops closed in on Boko Haram in northern Nigeria.

The regional security operation took place Sunday and Monday in and surrounding Nigeria's northern town of Walassa, near the Cameroon border. Cameroon is part of a 8,700-strong coalition with Benin, Chad, Nigeria and Niger, united in the fight against Boko Haram, which pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in March 2015.

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Prime Minister has not resigned - sends press release to international media

Iceland Prime MinisterThe Prime Minister's office in Iceland has just issued a press statement in English to the international press saying that the Prime Minister has not resigned, merely stepped aside for an unspecified amount of time and will continue to serve as the Chairman of the Progressive Party.
The press release is as follows:

Prime Minister of Iceland very proud of Government’s success - suggests Progressive Party Vice-Chairman take over the office of Prime Minister for an unspecified amount of time.

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Iceland’s Prime Minister Resigns After Panama Papers Leaks

Iceland PM resignsIceland’s embattled prime minister, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, has tendered his resignation in the wake of a mounting political crisis over his family’s offshore investments, local media have reported.

The agriculture and fisheries minister, Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, told state broadcaster RUV that Gunnlaugsson was resigning as prime minister and that he would be replacing him.

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Islamist rebels shoot down Syrian warplane, capture pilot: monitor

Syrian plane shot downIslamist rebels shot down a Syrian warplane and captured its pilot on Tuesday in an area south of Aleppo where insurgents are battling the Syrian army and allied militias, a monitoring group said.

Syria's military confirmed that a plane on a reconnaissance mission had been shot down and said it was hit by a surface-to-air missile. The pilot had bailed out and efforts were underway to rescue him, it said.

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Armenia and Azerbaijan call Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire

cease fire between Armenia and AzerbaijanAt least 46 people were killed in three days of fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh [AP]

Azerbaijan and Armenia said they were halting hostilities after four days of intense fighting between them that had prompted warnings the conflict could spiral into all-out war.

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Thousands call for Iceland PM to resign after Panama Papers leak

Thosamds call for Icelend PM to resignThousands turned out to protest Iceland's prime minister outside parliament in Reykjavik, a day after the release of the massive Panama Papers leak.

One early protester was arrested for throwing skyr —an Icelandic dairy product with the consistency of yogurt— at the house of parliament, according to the Iceland Monitor. The protests started at 5 p.m. local time.

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The Panama Papers: 'Biggest Leak in History' Exposes Global Web of Corruption

Psnsms Papers leakedAn anonymous source, an enormous cache of leaked documents, and a year-long investigative effort by around 400 journalists from more than 100 media organizations in over 80 countries have yielded the Panama Papers, an unprecedented look at how the world's rich and powerful, from political leaders to celebrities to criminals, use tax havens to hide their wealth.

The investigation went live on Sunday afternoon.

German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote:

Over a year ago, an anonymous source contacted the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) and submitted encrypted internal documents from Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm that sells anonymous offshore companies around the world. These shell firms enable their owners to cover up their business dealings, no matter how shady.

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