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Gunmen kill 9 in attacks on Nigeria polio clinics

Gunmen attacked two clinics where polio vaccinators had gathered in the northern Nigerian city of Kano on Friday, killing nine people before fleeing, police and residents said. “Nine people were killed in two separate attacks by gunmen on (motorised) tricycles when they attacked two dispensaries where polio immunisation workers were…

BlackBerry to withdraw from Japan

Troubled smartphone maker BlackBerry will not launch its new models in Japan, reports said on Friday, effectively heralding a pull-out from a booming smartphone market where it is being beaten by Apple. The Canada-based company, which is hoping its long-delayed BlackBerry 10 series will turn around flagging global fortunes, will…

Blizzard aims at U.S. Northeast

A major storm bore down on the northeastern United States Friday, with heavy snow, blizzard conditions and freezing temperatures forecast from New York through Maine as well as densely populated inland areas. The National Weather Service predicted a “major winter storm” for Friday into Saturday and said New York City…

Northeast U.S. braces for snowmageddon

Residents of the US north-east are bracing themselves for a major winter storm that could deliver up to 2ft of snow in areas including New York City and Boston on Friday and Saturday. A blizzard warning is due to come into effect from Boston down to New York City on…

Brennan denies involvement in CIA ‘enhanced interrogation’ program

John Brennan denied at his Senate confirmation hearing as CIA director accusations that he played a central role in the agency’s torture of suspected terrorists, and suggested he was misled as a CIA senior official over the value of information obtained through waterboarding. Brennan faced lengthy questioning over the CIA’s…

Lance Armstrong faces lawsuit over bonus money

A US insurance firm filed a lawsuit against disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong on Thursday, demanding he return $12 million in bonus money paid for his Tour de France triumphs. Texas-based SCA Promotions wants the confessed dope cheat to repay money the firm paid out after insuring his Tour victories in…

Kerry: North Korea’s nuclear tests increase potential for conflict

US Secretary of State John Kerry warned on Thursday that North Korea’s expected nuclear tests only increase the risk of conflict and would do nothing to help the country’s stricken people. Kerry made the remarks when he dropped in on a group of young students taking a foreign policy classroom…

Panetta: The Pentagon and Clinton supported arming Syrian rebels

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday admitted for the first time that the Pentagon had backed proposals to arm the Syrian opposition battling to oust President Bashar al-Assad. The idea was first floated by former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who met privately with David Petraeus, then CIA chief, in…

Palestinian security forces arrest alleged Hamas members

Palestinian security forces arrested more than 25 members of the Islamic militant Hamas movement over the past 48 hours, a security official told AFP Thursday on condition of anonymity. He said that some of those arrested around the West Bank city of Ramallah were in possession of explosives. A Hamas…

California city locks down schools over fugitive cop killer

A Californian mountain resort ordered its schools on lockdown Thursday after reports that a car resembling that of an alleged fugitive cop killer was found burning in nearby woods, officials said. Police were dispatched to the scene after the pick-up truck was found near the town of Big Bear, in…

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