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Boko Haram claims to have German hostage, denies ceasefire

ImageMilitant group Boko Haram is reportedly holding a German hostage who was kidnapped in July. The group's leader has also claimed that a report of a ceasefire with the Nigerian government was a "lie."


Rival army factions vie for control of Burkina Faso

ImageThe resignation of President Blaise Compaore after 27 years in office has set two rival army factions scrambling for control of the West African nation. Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida has announced he is in charge.

Ebola Virus

Canada restricts visas amid Ebola scare

ImageCanada has announced it will withhold entry visas for people traveling from Ebola-stricken countries. Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said the measures would "protect the health and safety of Canadians."


Italy phases out sea rescue mission for migrants

Italy has ended the sea rescue mission "Mare Nostrum" that saved the lives of more than 100,000 migrants from Africa and the Middle East. Human rights groups are criticizing the move, fearing that death tolls will rise.


Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes in California

One pilot has been killed and another seriously injured, after a Virgin Galactic passenger spaceship crashed in southern California. The company has described the cause of the accident as a "serious anomaly."


Democracy put to the test in Romania

Romania is about to elect a new president. There are 14 candidates, and the opinion polls say it will come down to a run-off. The country is at a crossroads that may affect the rest of Europe.

United Nations

UN: 15,000 foreigners fighting with extremists in Syria and Iraq

The number of foreign fighters aiding extremist groups in the Middle East has skyrocketed since 2010, according to a UN report. Its authors warn that the stark numbers point to a security problem for years to come.



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