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Woman shot dead near Gaza barrier by Israelis

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The Israeli military have shot dead a Palestinian woman who locals say was mentally ill, near the Gaza-Israel security barrier. The area near the border is declared a no-go zone by Israel.

The incident happened near the southern city of Khan Younis, late on Friday.

Israel says it maintains the buffer zone to prevent attacks by militants. There have been numerous shootings of Palestinians who breach the area in spite of warnings.

The Israeli military said the woman was part of a group that ignored orders to leave the area, at which point they fired at the legs of the group, hitting one. Gaza authorities and the woman’s neighbours said Amna Qdaih suffered from mental illness and they did not know why she was near the fence.

Ms Qdaih’s body was found and transferred to a hospital early on Saturday. Local authorities claimed she was hit by several bullets.

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Truck bomb kills thirteen in Afghanistan

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A truck-bomb explosion has killed at least 13 people in the capital of Afghanistan’s Logar province, a provincial spokesman said.

The attack Saturday night killed four civilians and several militants, including members of the Pakistani Taliban and an affiliated group, said Din Mohammad Darwis, the spokesman.

It happened in Pul e Alam, in central Afghanistan.

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.

Syrian al-Qaeda rebel commander killed

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A senior rebel commander linked to al-Qaeda has been killed in a suicide attack in the Syrian city of Aleppo. Abu Khaled al-Suri was among several people who died in the attack on a compound of his militant group, Ahrar al-Sham, activists say.

Another militant group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIS, is believed to be responsible. ISIS is engaged in a bloody power struggle with rival factions in the Syrian rebellion.

It has been engaged in violent clashes with other rebel groups since early January in which hundreds of fighters have been killed on both sides.

Ahrar al-Sham is a prominent, hard-line rebel group, part of a powerful alliance of seven groups known as the Islamic Front.

According to rebel and activist sources, the attack was carried out by one suicide bomber  (or possibly two)  who penetrated its headquarters in Aleppo.

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.

Car bomb kills three in Lebanon

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A suicide car bomb in Lebanon killed at least three people and wounded 15 others on Saturday, Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency reported. The bomb exploded at a military checkpoint at Al-Assi Bridge in Hermel.

Two of those killed were soldiers and the other was a civilian. At least five of those wounded were soldiers. The location is in northeastern Lebanon near the Syrian border.

Prime Minister Tamam Salam called the act a “terrorist attack against a cornerstone of the nation.”

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Murderer given 40 years in jail

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Anxiang Du murdered a family of four in theu home in April 2011, in the UK and was arrested 14 months later in Morocco.

Anxiang Du stabbed Jifeng “Jeff” Ding, his wife Ge “Helen” Chui, and their daughters Xing and Alice to death at their Northampton home. He demanded money from Manchester Metropolitan University lecturer Mr Ding and, when he refused, he stabbed him 23 times and his wife 13 times.

Anxiang Du first fled the UK then was arrested in Morocco
Anxiang Du first fled the UK then was arrested in Morocco