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South Korean prosecutors have applied for an arrest warrant for former president Park Geun-hye, for her role in a corruption scandal.

Libyan authorities on Thursday flew home 159 Nigerian migrants stranded after failing to reach Europe, in the second such voluntary repatriation operation this week.

Mubarak was tried, convicted and cleared on various charges several times

International News

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been freed from detention, six years after being overthrown.

The girl, named as Shirley, snatches the hat from Pope Francis' head after he gave her a kiss

International News

A cheeky little three-year-old girl has been caught on camera stealing the Pope's skullcap as she gives him a kiss. 

Seven arrests have been made in raids following the Westminster attack that left four dead, police have said.

An official statement says police officers must be held to high standards and that killing is treated seriously

International News

Ugandan police have launched a manhunt for four Flying Squad officers accused of shooting dead a three-year-old girl.

A wounded man is assisted after the suicide car bomb attack on Tuesday [Farah Abdi Warsameh/AP]

Africa

Mogadishu, Somalia - A deadly car bomb blast targeting a security checkpoint near the Presidential Palace in the Somali capital has killed at least five people and wounded several others.

Security officials at the scene told Reuters news agency on Tuesday the checkpoint 500 metres from the palace was rammed by a car bomb driven by a suicide attacker, causing the explosion outside a theatre.

Gunmen killed 17, injured 11 in Nigeria market attack: Police

Africa

Gunmen have killed at least 17 people - mostly women and children - after invading a farming community in central Nigeria, drawing condemnation from Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.

Armed men on motorcycles and in a car carried out the attack in Zaki Biyam in Benue state on Monday, police spokesman Moses Yamu told AFP news agency on Tuesday.

Cameroon says Boko Haram militants have infiltrated, disguised as refugees

Africa

The UN refugee agency has criticised Cameroon for the forced return of hundreds of refugees to north-east Nigeria after they had fled from the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency.

The UNHCR said forced returns had "continued unabated" despite an agreement earlier this month.

Jacob Zuma - South African President

Africa

A Video of a white man threatening a black woman inside a popular restaurant in South Africa has caused outrage.

The film of the incident at a Johannesburg branch of the Spur chain of restaurants has been widely shared.

The Sri Lankan-flagged tanker was sailing to Mogadishu

Africa

 An oil tanker has been hijacked by suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia, reports say, the first such hijacking in the region in five years.

The ship sent a distress signal on Monday evening, saying it was being approached by high-speed boats.

Rebels dismissed the government's claims as 'propaganda' [File: Reuters]

Africa

Aid workers employed by a US-based Christian charity have been abducted in famine-hit South Sudan and negotiations were ongoing for their release.

The local aid workers were taken from a village near Mayendit in Unity state, where a famine has been declared, 680km northeast of the capital, Juba.

The circumstances of the kidnappings were unclear.

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This practise was introduced to attract more people to church

Europe

In Brielen, a small Belgian village of only 700 inhabitants, it was customary for church goers to meet up for a beer after every Sunday mass. That became a problem after the last bar in the village closed down, but the local priest was more than happy to keep the tradition going by turning the church into a bar after Sunday mass.

The service will be extended to Lahore and Islamabad in the next months [Getty Images]

Middle East

A new cab service marketed to curb sexual harrassment faced by solo women travellers is set to launch in Pakistan's commercial hub, Karachi.

From Thursday, female customers will be able to call the "pink taxis" - which are driven by women - by phone, a mobile app, SMS or by hailing one on the street.

 

An aircraft cabin ban on large electronic devices was prompted by intelligence suggesting a terror threat to US-bound flights, says US media.

The US and UK have announced new carry-on restrictions banning laptops on certain passenger flights.

Pictures released by North Korea's state news agency show Kim Jong-un at the engine test

Asia

A North Korean missile launch has failed, South Korean defence officials say, but it is unclear how many were fired or what exactly was being tested.

The US military said it detected a missile which appeared to explode within seconds of being launched.