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Somali troops on Saturday took full control of a hotel that extremist gunmen stormed and occupied for more than 12 hours following a suicide bombing. At least 17 people died and dozens were wounded.

The gunfire has stopped and security agents have accessed the whole building, said senior police officer…

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Last season, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva finished a lowly 10th at the Russian national championships and had to sit at home while fellow Russian Adelina Sotnikova won the gold medal at the Sochi Olympics. Then she broke her foot and was off the ice altogether for three months.

What a difference a…

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The Osaka High Court has upheld an acquittal of three former presidents of West Japan Railway Co (JR West) in the deaths of 106 passengers when a speeding train derailed in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, in 2005.

The court on Friday upheld the ruling handed down in 2013 by the Kobe…

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Japan opened what organisers are billing as the world's first "Otaku" summit Saturday, drawing visitors from around the world as the country looks to boost the international fan base for Japanese comic books and anime.

So-called Otaku -- usually translated as "geeks" -- from at least 18 countries and territories,…

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Police are looking for two men on a motorbike, who knocked a police officer down and fled after they had been pulled over for a traffic violation.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 5 p.m. on Thursday in Tokyo's Adachi Ward. Fuji TV reported that the police officer…

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Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik, center, and his wife Crown Princess Mary walk on the scramble crossing at Shibuya shopping district in Tokyo on Saturday.

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Yemen's Houthi rebels made broad gains in the country's south and east on Friday despite a second day of Saudi-led air strikes meant to check the Iranian-backed militia's efforts to overthrow President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Shiite Muslim Houthi fighters and allied army units gained their first foothold on Yemen's Arabian…

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Italy's highest court overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Friday, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case that captivated people on both sides of the Atlantic.

"Finished!" Knox's lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova exulted after the decision was read out. "It couldn't be better than this."…

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Key groups in Iraq's paramilitary Popular Mobilisation forces, which have played a leading role in the ongoing assault on Tikrit, are freezing their participation in offensive operations, commanders said Friday.

While the move appeals to Washington, which wants distance from militias accused of human rights abuses, it will also blunt…

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Russia plans to eliminate Ukraine as an independent state and could spark a new offensive in the east to achieve that aim, Ukraine's prime minister told The Associated Press on Friday.

Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, in an interview at his office in Kiev, said Russia was uninterested in de-escalating Ukraine's…

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