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Dozens killed in deadly bomb attacks at churches in Nigeria

A radical Muslim sect waging an increasingly sophisticated sectarian fight claimed responsibility for the attack and another bombing in the restive city of Jos, as explosions also struck the nation’s north east. One blast struck a church in the north-eastern town of Gadaka and two explosions rocked the northern city of Damaturu, making five blasts in total. The Christmas Day ...

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Newt Gingrich fails to get on Virginia GOP ballot

The Virginia Republican Party announced Saturday that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had failed to gather enough signatures to run in the state’s GOP presidential primary, an embarrassing setback that underscored how far he has to go to build a fully functioning campaign organization just days before the first votes of the primary season. Party officials said Gingrich fell short ...

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CIA suspends drone flights in Pakistan to not ‘worsen’ relations after soldiers mistakenly killed in November

U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan for the last six weeks have been suspended Washington acknowledged Saturday following the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers last month. Earlier in the week the chief of Pakistan’s defense committee acknowledged Washington’s paused drone strikes but have only now admitted it through an official with the Obama administration, according to CNN. The strikes have been ...

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Thousands flock to Bethlehem for Christmas celebrations

BETHLEHEM, Palestine — Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal – the Catholic church’s top spiritual leader in the Holy Land – on Saturday led the procession on the eight-kilometer (about 5-mile) road from Jerusalem to Bethlehem. For the Christmas procession of about 30 vehicles, the Israeli authorities opened a large iron gate in the Israeli-built separation…

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Syrian city ‘under siege’ by army

Residents in the Syrian city of Homs are calling for western intervention, as activists say the area has come under renewed attack from forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. Residents told Al Jazeera on Saturday that army tanks were shelling the city. Activists in the Bab Amr district said they had been under seige for the last 48 hours. “There ...

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World leaders gather as Vaclav Havel exits stage left

Dozens of leaders from all over the world were in Prague to attend the state funeral of the dissident writer, who helped to lead Czechozlovakia through the "velvet revolution" to freedom in 1989. The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, her husband, the former president Bill Clinton, President Nicolas Sarkozy, the Prime…

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Egypt: Protests Against Military Spread Beyond Cairo to New Cities

Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @nytimesworld for international breaking news and headlines. Protests calling for an end to military rule broadened from Cairo to other cities on Friday as thousands turned out in anger at widely circulated images of soldiers beating and stripping female demonstrators during a crackdown last weekend. It was the biggest outbreak of demonstrations outside the ...

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