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.
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.
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.
DUBAI - The Middle East's first three-dimensional pavement art festival, starring works by international artists that appear to rise from the ground, kicked off this week in Dubai.
MONROVIA - Liberia discharged its last confirmed Ebola patient on Thursday, as it reported for the first time in nine months it had gone a full week without any new infections.
RIYADH - Military pressure may be needed to oust Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, US Secretary of State John Kerry said in Saudi Arabia on Thursday.
NICOSIA - The European Central Bank will start buying government debt in its new quantitative easing programme on March 9, ECB chief Mario Draghi said on Thursday.
LONDON - A sculpture of a strutting horse skeleton was unveiled in London's main Trafalgar Square on Thursday -- wearing a London Stock Exchange prices ticker in an allusion to the City's financial power.
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