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  1. Buhari 'confident' of Nigeria election win as party claims victory

    Buhari 'confident' of Nigeria election win as party claims victory

    Abuja (AFP) - Nigeria's former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari told AFP Tuesday he was "very confident" of victory as vote counting after a tense general election showed him pulling ahead of President Goodluck Jonathan.

  2. Nationwide power cut paralyses Turkey

    Nationwide power cut paralyses Turkey

    Istanbul (AFP) - A massive power cut caused chaos and shut down public transport across Turkey on Tuesday, with the government refusing to rule out that the electricity system had been the victim of an attack.

  3. Mideast powers trade blame as Yemen teeters

    Mideast powers trade blame as Yemen teeters

    Sanaa (AFP) - Regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran traded accusations Tuesday over the escalating conflict in Yemen, which the UN rights chief warned was on the brink of "total collapse".

  4. Lufthansa, Germanwings bosses to visit crash area Wednesday

    Lufthansa, Germanwings bosses to visit crash area Wednesday

    Seyne-les-Alpes (France) (AFP) - The chief executives of Lufthansa and Germanwings will on Wednesday travel to the area near last week's plane crash in the French Alps, the airline said.

  5. Bali Nine final appeal to wrap up

    A court battle to have Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran's case for clemency heard in an administrative court will hear closing arguments on Wednesday.

  6. When SWU met LEU: The Iran nuclear talks jargon A-to-Z

    When SWU met LEU: The Iran nuclear talks jargon A-to-Z

    Lausanne (AFP) - Drowning in a radioactive sea of nuclear jargon, mixing up Bushehr and breakout, plutonium and Parchin, centrifuges and code 3.1?

  7. Turkish court acquits all 236 suspects in coup plot retrial

    Turkish court acquits all 236 suspects in coup plot retrial

    Istanbul (AFP) - A Turkish court on Tuesday acquitted more than 200 army officers accused of plotting a coup against the Islamic-rooted government in 2003.

  8. Armed leftists take Istanbul prosecutor hostage

    Armed leftists take Istanbul prosecutor hostage

    Istanbul (AFP) - An armed leftist group took hostage Tuesday a Turkish prosecutor probing the politically sensitive death of an anti-government protester, threatening to kill him if their demands were not met.

  9. Syria aid pledges hit $3.8 billion

    Syria aid pledges hit $3.8 billion

    Kuwait City (AFP) - International donors pledged $3.

  10. Iraq forces retake government HQ in Tikrit from IS

    Iraq forces retake government HQ in Tikrit from IS

    Kirkuk (Iraq) (AFP) - Iraqi forces have retaken the Salaheddin provincial government headquarters in Tikrit from the Islamic State jihadist group, a significant advance in the battle to recapture the city, officials said Tuesday.

  11. UN, Myanmar leader hail draft peace deal

    UN, Myanmar leader hail draft peace deal

    Yangon (AFP) - Myanmar's president Tuesday hailed a draft national ceasefire with armed rebel groups, described by the UN as a "historic and significant achievement" as the country tries to end decades of civil war.

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