YANGON - Security forces beat activists protesting in downtown Yangon with batons, campaigners and witnesses said Thursday, arresting around eight in a surge in tension over spreading student rallies calling for education reforms in the former junta-run nation.
NEW DELHI - A rape suspect was pulled out of a jail and lynched by a mob in northeastern India on Thursday, local reports said, with anger raging over the high rate of sexual violence in the country.
MAIDUGURI (NIGERIA) - Boko Haram gunmen killed 68 people, including many children, in a massacre in the northeast Nigeria village of Njaba, two witnesses and two vigilantes told AFP Thursday.
BAGHDAD - Some 28,000 people have fled the Tikrit area as Iraqi forces battle the Islamic State jihadist group in a massive offensive aimed at retaking the city, the UN said Thursday.
BRUSSELS - Organisers of the prestigious World Press Photo awards have revoked a major prize after the entry, which portrayed the gritty Belgian industrial town Charleroi, was accused of being staged in a deepening debate over manipulation of images.
TAIPEI - Worshippers in a port village in northern Taiwan carried statues of a Taoist god as they threw themselves into the cold harbour waters Thursday in a good luck ritual.
LONDON - Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto ended his three-day state visit to Britain on Thursday by overseeing the signing of deals that boost ties between the two countries in energy, including a $1 billion oil agreement.
EAST LONDON (SOUTH AFRICA) - Englishman Matt Ford and Irishman Kevin Phelan shared the Africa Open first-round lead on 67 Thursday after taming blustery East London Golf Club conditions.
NEW YORK - An airplane skidded off the runway Thursday and ploughed into a fence after landing at New York's La Guardia airport in a snow storm, officials said.
BIRMINGHAM (UNITED KINGDOM) - Former world number one Wang Yihan made an intelligent and tenacious recovery to become the first Chinese player into the quarter-finals of the All-England championships on Thursday.
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