ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's military said on Monday that at least 150 people had been killed in clashes with Islamists in the northeastern town of Baga, giving a rare official death toll a few weeks before presidential elections in which security is a big issue. Defence spokesman Major-General Chris Olukolade was reacting to reports that some 2,000 had been killed by Boko Haram insurgents who took control of Baga and the surrounding area 10 days ago. The military is fighting to reclaim it.
CARACAS/ SAN CRISTOBAL (Reuters) - At least a dozen protesters arrested in Venezuela remained in jail on Monday and masked assailants burned a bus overnight amid scattered unrest over swelling lines for basic goods, activists said. Police rounded up 16 people for protesting in front of stores over the weekend, according to the opposition MUD coalition, which said four of them were released shortly after. Rights group Penal Forum said 18 protesters were still behind bars on Monday
TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian police have failed to adequately prevent and protect indigenous women and girls from killings, disappearances and extreme forms of violence, a U.S.-based human rights group said on Monday. The damning 127-page report by the branch of the Organization of American States said police failure and systemic discrimination against Canada's Aboriginal community has contributed to the plight of missing or murdered indigenous women and the poverty that is at the root of the violence. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said last May that 1,017 Aboriginal women had been murdered between 1980 and 2012.
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused the West on Monday of hypocrisy for its stance over the attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and hostage-taking at a Jewish supermarket in Paris, while failing to condemn anti-Muslim acts in Europe.
LONDON (Reuters) - Mondelez International, maker of Cadbury Creme Eggs, has tweaked the recipe of the chocolate shell of its gooey treats ahead of their main Easter selling season, sparking an angry response in Cadbury's home market of Britain. U.S
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Central Command Twitter account was compromised on Monday, a Defense Department official said
PARIS (Reuters) - France will never be quite the same again after last week's Islamist attacks, Prime Minister Manuel Valls predicted in the hours that followed. But as one lone banner at Sunday's mass vigil in Paris for the victims asked: "Now what?" In a display of public emotion and solidarity not witnessed since the capital's 1944 liberation from Nazi Germany, 1.5 million French people poured onto the streets of Paris to mourn the 17 killed in three attacks on satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, a Jewish deli and a policewoman on patrol. "Proud to be French" was the refrain of countless tweets from those at rallies which brought together at least 3.7 million across the country from all political, ethnic and religious strands of French society
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Republican U.S.
Hong Kong began culling thousands of chickens Wednesday after the deadly H7N9 virus was discovered in poultry imported from China, days after a woman was hospitalised with the disease.
Following reports of a bird flu case in Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh banned the import of chicken, eggs and all forms of poultry from other states, an official said on Monday.
State authorities have confirmed the presence of the virus in the birds in the three districts and cases of bird-deaths were also reported in Ernakulam and Kollam. Reportedly, the bird flu virus is contagious and can cause deaths in humans as well.
On the precautionary measures taken, two special wards would be opened at Alappuzha Medical College to treat anyone who may be infected with bird flu.
With an outbreak of bru flu in Kerala, the state has started the culling of around four lakh ducks in Kuttanad to prevent the spread of the disease.
The Centre today rushed a team of experts to Kerala to deal with the outbreak of bird flu in parts of the state.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Two Palestinians armed with a meat cleaver and a gun killed five people in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday before being shot dead by police, the deadliest such incident in six years in the holy city. Three of the victims held dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship and a fourth man was a British-Israeli national, police said
BEIJING (Reuters) - From a military rules-of-the-road agreement with Washington to $20 billion in loans for Southeast Asia, Beijing has set aside the tensions of recent years to present a softer side to the world in the last week. But proof of whether President Xi Jinping is serious about narrowing differences that have marked his first two years in office will depend on how China's festering disputes are managed in the months ahead
FREETOWN (Reuters) - A Sierra Leonean doctor died of Ebola on Tuesday, a medical source said, bringing to seven the number of doctors killed by the virus savaging the nation's healthcare system.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. General Assembly committee dealing with human rights passed a resolution on Tuesday calling for the U.N.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, who has ordered a comprehensive review of U.S. policy governing efforts to free American hostages, still opposes the payment of ransoms, the White House said on Tuesday. Obama ordered the review last summer in light of the increasing number of U.S.