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  • Militants in Mali kill six UN peacekeepers 2 Jul 2015 | 10:31 am

    UN and French soldiers patrol near Gao, northern Mali, on May 30, 2015Militants killed at least six United Nations soldiers on Thursday in northern Mali, in one the deadliest ever attacks on the world's most dangerous peacekeeping mission, claimed by Al-Qaeda's north African arm. MINUSMA, the UN's force in the volatile west African nation, said its patrol was ambushed around 9:00 am (0900 GMT), 45 kilometres (28 miles) southwest of the city of Timbuktu on the road to Goundam. A source within MINUSMA said the soldiers, from Burkina Faso, were victims of an "ambush" by heavily-armed fighters.

  • France woos Chinese investors as PM wraps up fruitful trip 2 Jul 2015 | 9:56 am

    French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (left) shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang after talks in Toulouse in Blagnac, on July 2, 2015French Prime Minister Manuel Valls promised Chinese investors "the best welcome in all of Europe" as his Beijing counterpart wrapped up a visit in which he signed billions of euros in accords with France. Chinese premier Li Keqiang inked more than 50 deals on his three-day visit to France which rolled out the red carpet in a bid to boost ties with the Asian giant and breathe life back into its own struggling economy. Paris used the opportunity to try to lure more Chinese investors and rebalance trade between the two countries.

  • South Africa apologizes for using drone camera in Bangladesh 2 Jul 2015 | 9:10 am

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Cricket South Africa apologized on Thursday for using a drone camera during its practice session the previous day.

  • Nigeria firm reports 3,700 cases of pipeline vandalism in 2014 2 Jul 2015 | 8:36 am

    Stolen crude and illegally refined oil products are regularly smuggled out and sold on the lucrative black market -- an illicit business that is estimated to cost the country some much-needed $6 billion (5.4 million euros) a year in revenueNigeria's state-run oil company said Thursday it had recorded 3,700 cases of pipeline vandalism last year, leading to a revenue loss of some 60 billion naira ($299 million). The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said in its latest annual statistical bulletin that incidents of pipeline vandalism rose by 4.54 per cent in 2014, compared to the situation in the preceding year. "A total of 3,732 line breaks was reported on NNPC pipelines out of which 3,700 was as a result of vandalism, while 32 cases were due to system deterioration," it said.

  • Russia hasn't offered Greece BRICS bank membership: finance minister 2 Jul 2015 | 8:24 am

    Russia has not offered Greece to become a member of the New Development Bank that is being created by the BRICS group of five major emerging nations, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Thursday. In May, Russian media reported that Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak offered Athens to become the sixth member of the New Development Bank that is being formed by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Leaders from the BRICS countries are meeting at the group's annual summit next week in Russia where they are expected to officially launch the bank, along with a joint currency reserve fund.

  • South African, Brazilian projects win Norwegian CO2 credit tender 2 Jul 2015 | 8:21 am

    The Norwegian government has selected a total of five projects in Brazil and South Africa under its second tender to purchase carbon credits to meet its emission targets, helping prop up ailing demand for carbon-cutting projects. The U.N.’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) allows investors in emission reduction projects located in poor nations to earn carbon credits that governments and companies can use to offset emissions. It has issued developers with more than 1.6 billion carbon offset credits, but a lack of demand and oversupply has led prices to collapse from above 13 euros four years ago.

  • French president starts 2-day visit to Africa 2 Jul 2015 | 8:19 am

    French President Francois Hollande, center left, arrives in the early hours of the morning at Cotonou airport in Cotonou, Benin, Thursday, July 2, 2015. French President Francois Hollande will visit Benin , Angola and Cameroon for talks on economic and social issues. (AP Photo/Valentin Salako)COTONOU, Benin (AP) — French President Francois Hollande has begun a two-day visit to Africa where he will hold talks with the leaders of Benin, Angola and Cameroon.

  • French court: No compensation over faulty breast implants 2 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am

    FILE - In this Dec.9, 2013 file photo, reporters focus on documents concerning the Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) breast implant trial, displayed in Marseille, southern France. A French appeals court has ruled Thursday July 2, 2015 that a German product-testing company does not have to compensate more than 1,000 women with leak-prone breast implants, overturning a lower court decision. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, File)PARIS (AP) — A French appeals court ruled Thursday that a German product-testing company does not have to compensate more than 3,000 women with leak-prone breast implants — and now women who sued may have to pay back 5.8 million euros ($6.4 million) in collective damages they received in a lower-court ruling.

  • U.N. refugee agency urges Hungary not to tighten asylum rules 2 Jul 2015 | 7:11 am

    A migrant woman from Afghanistan stands near a fence after she crossed Hungary's border illegally near AsotthalomThe U.N. refugee agency urged Hungary on Thursday not to pass a bill aimed at tightening asylum rules, saying the move would make it impossible for Budapest to give sanctuary to anyone fleeing war-stricken countries. Hungary's right-wing government wants to shorten the time frame for screening asylum claims and to reject claims from those migrants who, on their journey from Syria, Afghanistan or Iraq, have already passed through so-called safe third countries and did not request asylum there. The location of Hungary, a landlocked central European country of 10 million people in the European Union's visa-free Schengen zone has made it an attractive transit route for tens of thousands of migrants entering Europe through the Balkans from the Middle East and Africa.

  • US files formal extradition request for 7 FIFA officials 2 Jul 2015 | 6:22 am

    FILE - In this May 27, 2015, file photo, two persons are reflected in the FIFA logo at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. The United States has submitted a formal request for Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested as part of a corruption probe in Zurich in May, Swiss officials said Thursday, July 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File0GENEVA (AP) — The United States has submitted a formal request for Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich as part of a corruption probe that has rocked soccer's world governing body.

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