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15,000 people displaced after Boko Haram raid in Nigeria: official MAIDUGURI: A massive assault by Boko Haram in the northeast Nigerian town of Damboa displaced more than 15,000 people, an official said Monday, as the security forces sent reinforcements to flush out the Islamist fighters. The attack on Damboa began late Thursday but continued through the weekend, with witnesses saying that civilians were left defenceless by the security forces who withdrew from the area earlier this month. Officials from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) were struggling to establish a death toll amid multiple reports that Boko Haram fighters were still occupying the town, having hoisted their flag above a public building. Abdulkadir Ibrahim of NEMA told journalists that at least 15,204 people had fled Damboa to escape the Islamist onslaught. "The number of displaced in (the town of) Biu is 10,204. We have 3,000 in Maiduguri and 2,000 in Goniri," he said. Multiple media outlets on Monday reported that ...

Canada to impose further Russia sanctions over Ukraine OTTAWA: Canadian prime minister on Monday announced further economic sanctions against Russian entities and individuals, calling the downing of flight MH17 a "direct product of Russia's military aggression and illegal occupation" of Ukraine.Stephen Harper also called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to order a withdrawal of his troops from the border with Ukraine, stop a flow of weapons and militants into the country, urge separatist rebels to lay down their arms and allow investigators access ...

British far-right leader steps down LONDON: Nick Griffin has stepped down as leader of the British National Party, the far-right group announced Monday, following disastrous results at the European Parliament elections.Griffin, 55, stepped aside at a party leadership meeting after nearly 15 years in charge of the anti-immigration group, which campaigns for Britain to leave the European Union. Having won 6.3 percent of the vote in 2009, the party polled just over one percent in May's European elections, with Griffin ...

Dutch Twitter avatars go black demanding MH17 bodies return THE HAGUE: Dutch social media users are turning their profile photos black and tweeting the hashtag #BringThemHome as anger mounts that bodies from flight MH17 have not yet been repatriated from Ukraine.Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans was one of the first to make his Facebook cover photo black in a sign of mourning.Since then Twitter and Instagram users in the Netherlands and around the world have posted black screens or ribbons, demanding the 298 dead, ...

Kiev willing to hand control of crash probe to West: Ukrainian PM KIEV: Ukraine is willing to hand over coordination of an investigation into the Malaysian airliner crash to international partners but Kiev is convinced the plane was shot down by "professionals", Ukraine's prime minister said on Monday."Ukraine is ready to hand over a coordinating role in the investigation into the tragedy to our Western partners. And the Netherlands could head that process," Arseny Yatseniuk told a news conference."At the moment, we have no doubt that the ...

Taiwan June export order growth fastest in 1-1/2 years on strong tech sales TAIPEI: Taiwan's export orders in June grew at their fastest pace in 1-1/2 years, beating expectations, as its manufacturers rushed to fill orders for new smartphones from Apple Inc and others.The island's technology sector is gearing up to ship new products, including the much-anticipated iPhone 6 and new iPads, that are expected to hit shelves this fall, raising prospects for its suppliers and assemblers.Taiwan is one of the world's leading exporters of electronic goods and ...

Bundesbank sees German economy stagnating in second quarter FRANKFURT: The German economy probably stagnated in the second quarter as industry shifted down a gear in the face of geopolitical concerns, the Bundesbank said in its monthly report on Monday.The loss of momentum in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, will concern policymakers who are watching for any impact on the bloc from the Ukraine crisis and Israel's ground offensive in Gaza.German construction activity in April and May was below that seen in the mild winter ...


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