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Over ten people die in blasts in Nigeria

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Two explosions targeting a busy market in the town of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria have left several people dead.

Eyewitnesses told the Reuters news agency that that 10 people had been killed and that more were feared trapped under rubble.

Maiduguri is the headquarters of a military force fighting against the Boko Haram Islamist group, which has stepped up its attacks in the area. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Eyewitnesses said that the attack was carried out using a car bomb at a crowded market near the airport. The second bomb went off two minutes later as neighbours arrived to help the victims.

Eyewitnesses described seeing people blown apart and body parts in the street.

Illegal gold miners found dead in South Africa

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The bodies of five illegal miners have been found near a disused gold mine in South Africa, emergency workers say. Four men and a woman were discovered by the shaft of a mine in Roodepoort, west of Johannesburg.

Their deaths come a week after the high-profile rescue of more than 20 illegal miners trapped underground at an old mine east of Johannesburg. They were arrested after they emerged and are facing charges related to illegal mining.

South Africa loses millions of dollars to illegal mining activities annually, officials say.

The land around Johannesburg is dotted with disused mine shafts, which attract men from around the region, including Lesotho, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, with the promise of remaining gold deposits.

26 people sentenced to death in Egypt

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An Egyptian court has sentenced 26 people to death for founding a “terror group” with the aim of attacking ships using the Suez Canal.

Judges said the men were also accused of manufacturing missiles and explosives, local media report. The defendants were tried in absentia, Reuters news agency says.

The sentencing comes a day after the new Prime Minister designate, Ibrahim Mahlab, vowed he would “crush terrorism in all the corners of the country”.

Mr Mahlab has been put in charge of forming a new government following Monday’s surprise resignation of interim Prime Minister Hazem Beblawi and his cabinet. Mr Beblawi was appointed in July 2013 after the military overthrew President Mohammed Morsi in the wake of mass protests.

Since then, more than 1,000 people have been killed and thousands of others detained in a crackdown by the security forces on the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist movement to which Mr Morsi belongs.

Militants based in the Sinai peninsula have meanwhile stepped up attacks on government, police and the armed forces, killing hundreds.

Islamists attack school in Nigeria

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Students in northeastern Nigeria were killed in an attack on their boarding school by Boko Haram Islamists. It was not immediately clear how many were killed.

“There were burnt bodies of students who cannot be easily identified,” State Police Commissioner Sanusi Rafai said.

The attack happened at a secondary school in Buni Yadi, near the the capital of Yobe state. It came three days after President Goodluck Jonathan sent his top military chiefs to the northeastern part of the country to try to quell violence there.

Army-backed government resigns in Egypt

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Egypt’s army-backed government resigned Monday, state-run Nile TV said. The government headed by Prime Minister Hazem El Beblawi turned in its resignation to President Adly Mansour, the station said.

Analysts expect Army Chief Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi, who served as defense minister, to run for president. In order to run, he will have needed to resign his military post.

Sochi Winter Olypmics closing ceremony

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The Closing Ceremony is the last large-scale event of the Games at which the Games are officially concluded. The athletes take part in a parade and the spectators again experience the exciting atmosphere of the Games.

At the Closing Ceremony the Games are officially concluded when the President of the IOC gives a ceremonial speech.

Alongside the speech by the President of the IOC/IPC, the Closing Ceremony also includes a number of official elements: the performance of the national anthem and the Greek national anthem (as the birthplace of the first Olympic Games), the lowering of the flags and the athletes’ parade, and the lowering of the Olympic Flag.

But, of course, the Closing Ceremony is also another colorful show, in which brilliant artists perform, just as in the Opening Ceremony. Attending the Closing Ceremony will leave you with memories which will stay with you your whole life.

Part of the Closing Ceremony program is an artistic performance put on by the next host city of the Games. At the Closing Ceremony in Sochi, after the flag handover ceremony, there will be a performance by artists from Korea – the country in which the next host city of the Winter Olympics, Pyeongchang, is situated.

The ceremony started with a blast of fireworks, followed by a projection of ac ountdown and moving onwards to musical presentations and dance performances, acting performances and much more. The proyectors in the Fisht stadium are capable of turning the hard floor into an ocean, a desert, or anything you can think of. Millions were spent in the lights of the stadium, in an attempt to outcome the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Summer Olympics of 2008.

Over one hundred and twenty thousand are curretnly watching the ceremony in Sochi, and millions are through television and internet.

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The original error in the Opening Ceremony

In minutes, this presentation will pass to history to be remembered as one of the most beautiful Olypmic ceremonies in the world.

After recognizing their mistake in the opening ceremonies, when one of the mechanic Olympic rings did not open, Russia parodized the final formation of the rings by repeating the same mistake. The ring, formed by people, started closed and then opened. President Vladimir Putin laughed about it while the crowd cheered.

The Russian national anthem was sung, as it has been a tradition for the hosting country to sing it’s own. The choir, conformed by dozens of children, sang the anthem while the Russian flag was being raised. An orchestra accompanied the choir during the presentation.

Afterwards, a musical presentation was performed. Fast rythms of drums shook the stadium.

A parade of all the flags came next. Energic music was played throught the stadium.  Then, all of the athletes of each country came out for a final walk through the stadium. The wining athletes were carrying their medals.

Speeches and final presentations were held, followed by the last of the victory ceremonies. The new members of the International Olympic Comitee were welcomed.

And finally, the artistic presentations that comemorate russian dance, painting, music, sculpture and many more.

This Sochi closing ceremony was truly one of the most beautiful in the world.

Militants attack presidential palace in Mogadishu

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Militants carried out a deadly attack on Somalia’s presidential palace Friday, officials and eyewitnesses said. An explosion at the gate was followed by an exchange of gunfire between the fighters and security guards, police officer Abdi Mohamed said.

A U.N. representative said in a post on Twitter that President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud told him by phone that he was unharmed.

Terror network Al-Shabaab, al Qaeda’s affiliate in Somalia, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Somalia’s national security minister, Adbikarin Hussein Guled, said at least 12 people, seven of them Al-Shabaab attackers, were killed in the attack Two government officials who died were named as the secretary to the Prime Minister and the former deputy national intelligence agency chief, Gen. Nur Shirbow.

Sheikh Abdiaziz Abu Musab, Al-Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, said the group had achieved its objectives in the attack.

The attack comes just over a week after a car bombing near the airport in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, killed two people and wounded four more, according to police, Al-Shabaab also claimed responsibility for that attack.

The group has been designated a terrorist organization by the United States. It hopes to turn Somalia into a fundamentalist Islamic state by force but has launched attacks in other countries, such as Kenya and Uganda, that have killed dozens.