Maiduguri (Nigeria) (AFP) - A Nigerian school principal on Thursday denied military reports that most of the girls kidnapped by Islamist gunmen were now safe, as parents continued a desperate search for 115 children still held captive.
The finding of a new planet has been described by scientists as "a landmark on the road to discovering habitable planets".
Mike Rann won't say if he's disappointed to be moving from London to Rome but insists he's leaving behind a UK relationship that's stronger than ever.
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) - Malaysia has quarantined 64 people in a southern village after one of its residents become the country's first person to die of a respiratory illness that is spreading from the Middle East, local media reported Thursday.
Algiers (AFP) - Abdelaziz Bouteflika, seeking a fourth presidential term, cast his ballot from a wheelchair Thursday as Algerians voted in an election he is widely expected to win despite chronic health problems.
Geneva (AFP) - Russia, Ukraine, the US and EU reached a surprise deal Thursday on de-escalating the worsening Ukrainian crisis, in a ray of hope for the former Soviet republic that has plunged into chaos.
Bangalore (India) (AFP) - India hosted its biggest day of voting on Thursday with the ruling Congress party battling to stem a further slide in the polls against the opposition Hindu nationalists after another week of damaging headlines.
Manila (AFP) - The Philippines on Thursday asked more than 400 passengers who shared an airline flight with a man infected with the MERS virus to check in with the health department immediately.
Kiev (AFP) - Faced with a pro-Russian uprising in the east, economic collapse and the demands of the protest movement that bought them to power, Ukraine's beleaguered leaders are struggling to stay afloat.
Tehran (AFP) - The young Iranian man who escaped a hangman's noose when his victim's mother intervened with just seconds to spare was the beneficiary of a high-profile campaign to save his life.
Bangkok (AFP) - Two journalists, including an Australian editor, were ordered Thursday to stand trial in Thailand on defamation charges linked to a Pulitzer Prize-winning article alleging Thai military involvement in people smuggling.
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