Huge blast hits Nigeria market

"Heavy casualties" feared after a bomb explodes in northeast Bauchi city, setting the entire area ablaze.

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C.D.C. Head Says Fight on Ebola Will Be Long

Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, back from a weeklong trip to West Africa, said he saw hopeful signs in Guinea and Liberia, but there was ample reason for continued concern.

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Internet outage seen in North Korea amid U.S. hacking dispute

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - North Korea, at the center of a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of Sony pictures, itself experienced Internet outages on Monday, a U.S. company that monitors Internet infrastructure said.

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Stansted airport hit by power failure

As efforts continued to restore power, airport reports that flights are operating but with some delays Continue reading...

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Sir Alex Ferguson heaps praise on Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United reign

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Sir Alex Ferguson has given his backing to Louis van Gaal’s reign as Manchester United manager and stated his belief that under the Dutchman, Wayne Rooney is “flying again” and Michael Carrick has become the “best English centre midfield player”.

United are currently third in the Premier League and playing with regained positivity in attack, a far cry from the troubles they suffered under Ferguson’s successor at Old Trafford, David Moyes.

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Young turks and old bulls

Young turk flamethrowers tend to mellow into old bulls of the Establishment. It's the way of Washington. It's also why to expect creeping pragmatism in the new Congress.

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U.S. at U.N. calls North Korea ‘living nightmare;’ China overruled

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States and other Western members of the U.N. Security Council on Monday slammed North Korea's human rights record after voting to over-rule China's objections and add the hermit state to the council's agenda.

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Record 17,000 join nationalist march in Germany

Many in Berlin shocked by emergence of far-right anti-Islamist group Pegida as growing numbers join weekly Dresden protest

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Snowden to spend cozy Christmas with friends – lawyer

A still from ‘Citizenfour’ shows Edward Snowden and his girlfriend Lindsey Mills reunited in Moscow.

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In an interview published in the Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Snowden’s Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena reiterates that the former NSA employee is leading what appears to be a normal, quiet life in Moscow.

“He’s not the kind of person who wants to be on television or to be a public figure. He prefers a modest life,” the lawyer said.

Snowden’s girlfriend, Lindsey Mills visits Snowden, who is now working as a consultant for an IT firm, according to Kucherena. The lawyer noted that Snowden’s current job is unrelated to intelligence work.

Kucherena told the paper that Snowden takes the metro and does his own shopping just like most other Muscovites. Letters from friends and family back home reach Snowden via Kucherena.

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According to the lawyer, after receiving a three-year Russian residence permit in August of this year, Snowden has all the rights and obligations of a Russian citizen. He is free to go wherever he pleases, including to leave the country.

“He’s completely free. I want to emphasize this fact because there are certain rumors about this. No one is restricting him in any way. He can peacefully and freely move about, considering of course the unique complexities of his situation,” Kucherena told the paper.

Kucherena detailed how US embassy officials and NSA workers harangued him trying to arrange a meeting with Snowden when the whistleblower first relocated to Moscow. Snowden, however, refused to see them.

“At first, embassy workers wouldn’t leave my office. They were all constantly asking to see him, first the Consul, then an NSA rep. When I explained that he didn’t want to meet with them, they didn’t understand. They would get annoyed,” Kucherena explained.

“He wasn’t under arrest, or detained, our country was not persecuting him in any way. He’s a free man who can make these decisions for himself.”

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Pakistan likely to execute dozens of convicts

At least 55 fighters on death-row likely to be executed soon, amid public anger over Taliban attack on Peshawar school.

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