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'About 500' Nigeria children missing

ABUJA:(BBC)About 500 children aged 11 and under are missing from a Nigerian town recaptured from militants, a former resident of Damasak has told the BBC.

US to slow Afghan troops withdrawal

WASHINGTON:The US will keep nearly 10,000 troops in Afghanistan throughout 2015, delaying plans for a gradual withdrawal, the White House has said.

Airbus A320 with 150 on board crashes in French Alps

PARIS: A German airliner crashed near a ski resort in the French Alps, with all 150 people on board pronounced dead, in one of the worst ever plane disasters in the country.

Twelve convicts executed in various jails

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan has hanged 12 convicts, the largest number of people executed on the same day since the country lifted a moratorium on executions.The men were terrorists, murderers or guilty of "heinous crimes", an interior ministry spokesman said.

At least 14 dead, 68 injured in attack on Lahore churches

LAHORE:Two bomb blasts have killed at least 10 people near two churches in a Christian neighbourhood of the Pakistani city of Lahore, local officials say.

At least 50 people were reportedly hurt in the explosions at the Catholic church and Christ Church in the city's Youhanabad area.

Jordan's King Abdullah vows 'severe response' to IS

AMMAN: Jordan's King Abdullah II has promised to fight back hard against Islamic State, saying that the death of a Jordanian pilot at the militants' hands will not be in vain.

Former Al Qaeda operative says network was helped by some Saudi royals

NEW YORK: A former Al Qaeda operative imprisoned for life for his role in the Sept 11 attacks has told lawyers for victims of the attacks that members of the Saudi royal family supported the militant group.

Iran general died in 'Israeli strike' in Syrian Golan

TEHRAN:Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards have confirmed that a general was killed in a suspected Israeli air strike in the Syrian Golan Heights.