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Officials: Boko Haram kidnaps 185

Boko Haram insurgents kidnapped at least 185 women and children, and killed 32 people in a raid in northeastern Nigeria this week, local officials and residents said.

Gunmen in pickup trucks attacked the village of Gumsuri, just north of Chibok, on Su...

California drought rains

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NASA: California needs 11 trillion gallons to end drought

About 11 trillion gallons of rain, or nearly 17 million Olympic swimming pools full.

That's how much water California needs to recover from its extreme drought despite downpours that cause flooding and mudslides this month, NASA said.

This week, the s...

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Putin denies Russian troops killed in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Russia is ready to mediate in the Ukraine crisis and denied Russians killed there have been members of his country's military.

Western powers accuse Russia of sending troops and equipment to help separatists i...

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10 things you need to know about Russia

President Vladimir Putin has used his end of year news conference to blame the oil price collapse and Western sanctions for Russia's financial crisis.

Here are 10 things you need to know about the Russian economy:

Ruble

The Russian ruble has lost about...

Elizabeth Gallagher

CBC News

Man gives woman with ex's name free world trip

Jordan Axani planned to travel around the world with his girlfriend Elizabeth Gallagher, until they broke up. Now, he'll embark on Sunday on the circumnavigation with Elizabeth Gallagher.

No need for a double-take: The name may be the same, but the pe...

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Police: Car runs red light; 1 person dead

One person died and up to a dozen others were injured after a car plowed into a crowd of people in Southern California after a church Christmas event, police said.

"The vehicle struck a group of pedestrians, which included up to ... 12 people, many wi...

North Korea military parade

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What irks North Korea? Soap operas and K-pop

North Korea's fury over the movie comedy "The Interview" appears to have taken the secretive state's oversensitivity to new extremes.

Kim Jong Un's regime had already branded the film "the most undisguised terrorism and a war action." Now, the U.S. go...

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Chinese villagers seek to banish boy with HIV

Over 200 Chinese villagers in the southwestern province of Sichuan have signed a petition to banish a HIV-positive eight-year-old boy, state media reported.

A photo from a People Daily's online report shows the boy, Kunkun, watching villagers unanimou...

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From AMC Theaters

A movie a day? AMC eyes subscription service

Could the Netflix model work for a movie theater chain?

AMC Theaters is reportedly exploring that with a pilot partnership with MoviePass, a company which offers a subscription service where movie lovers can attend a movie a day for a monthly fee.

AMC ...

2004 tsunami

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Oxfam digests lessons from 2004 tsunami

Almost ten years ago to the day, the world watched aghast as scenes of carnage unfolded across the countries of the Indian Ocean.

The 2004 tsunami was one of the most devastating natural disasters in living memory and the donor response -- a huge out...

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