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Officials say Romanian engineer taken hostage in Nigeria

Armed men have abducted a Romanian engineer in southern Nigeria in what appears to be the latest hostage-for-ransom incident, Romania’s foreign ministry said Tuesday.
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Iraq-Jordan dual pipeline will transfer oil and natural gas, Jordan's energy minister says
Tsunami warning lifted for Pacific island and neighboring areas after tremor damages houses
US intelligence officials announced on October 7, one month before the election, that "the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of emails from US persons and institutions, including fro
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The illegally occupied Oakland warehouse where dozens of partygoers perished in a blaze does not appear in a database fire inspectors use to schedule inspections and may never ha
Hong Kong leader CY Leung says he will not seek re-election, citing "stress" on his family.
DELTONA, Fla. (AP) — Officials in Florida say a police dog that died during a confrontation with an armed fugitive was actually shot by deputies. Volusia County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Gary
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The head of the Nevada school district where a campus officer shot a knife-wielding high school student praised the quick police response that she says helped avert what could have
A corruption scandal has left Park Geun-hye? isolated and loathed.              
Battled Maduro gov’t also looking into measures to strengthen its food policies, officials say
DEER LODGE, Mont. - A petition asking the governor of Montana to spare the life of a Canadian on death row is being dusted off and given a fresh look this week. Ronald Smith, who is originally from R
OTTAWA - Canada's first ministers gather in Ottawa today, essentially to talk about climate change. But their meeting appears set to be overshadowed by health care, aboriginal issues and internationa
CALGARY - Final arguments are scheduled for today in the trial of a woman who treated her son with dandelion tea and oil of oregano before he died of a strep infection. Tamara Lovett is accused of fa
The National Police Chiefs' Council in the UK has said 83 potential suspects have been identified in connection with allegations of historical child sexual abuse in football there.
Iraq’s Oil Minister Jabbar Allibi expressed hope to witness a stability in the oil market during the first half of 2017.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian military said on Friday it had helped more than 8,000 Syrian citizens flee parts of eastern Aleppo still controlled by rebels in the last 24 hours, including almost 3,00
The Netherlands has threatened to scupper the deal unless it receives legally binding guarantees at a summit of European leaders next week.
CAIRO (Reuters) - Four policemen were injured on Friday when a bomb placed in a garbage bin exploded at a security checkpoint in Cairo, security sources said.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A fight over whether the U.S. government properly prosecuted a former Russian military tank commander convicted of leading a Taliban attack on American forces is heading to a fed
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Prosecutors in South Carolina say they plan to play Dylann Roof’s recorded confession during his federal death penalty trial in the Charleston church shootings. Assistan
The 2017 National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) imposes four conditions on Pakistan to be eligible for USD 400 million of the USD 900 million of the Coalition Support Fund (CSF).
Ghana's main opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo said on Thursday he was "quietly confident" he had beaten President John Mahama and that his New Patriotic Party (NPP) had taken a majority of seats in p
Ghana's main opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo said on Thursday he was "quietly confident" he had beaten President John Mahama and that his New Patriotic Party (NPP) had taken a majority of seats in p
Japan expects the total cost of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident to reach about $200 billion, nearly double earlier projections, spurring plans for further restructuring of the Fukushima pl
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — A 42-hour gunbattle ended in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Friday after two suspected rebels were killed in the fighting, which triggered massive anti-India protests in the disp
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — In the emergency evacuations ahead of fast-spreading wildfires out of the Great Smoky Mountains last week, scores of pets were separated from their owners. The Humane Society
South Korea's parliament has voted to strip the president of her power.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The man who takes over as government caretaker in the wake of President Park Geun-hye’s impeachment is seen by critics as a stiff and uncompromising defender of the fa
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the resort town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, are reopening to the public Friday after wildfires that caused 14 deaths and damaged abo
Boris Johnson begins a tour of the Middle East amid a row over comments he made about Saudi Arabia.
Tourism, which brings in nearly $4 billion to Puerto Rico's economy, is the first industry to exit the island's five-year recession, it said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton decried the rise of fake news as an “epidemic” in her first speech since losing the presidential election last month. Clinton addressed fake news during
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Hillary Clinton has spoken out against the "epidemic" of fake news in one of her first public addresses since losing the US Presidential election.
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean lawmakers on Friday voted overwhelmingly to impeach President Park Geun-hye over an influence-peddling scandal, setting the stage for her to become the country's first e

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