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'Dozens die' in Nigeria mosque attack 
  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:42:24 GMT 
    Many people are killed in explosions at one of biggest mosques in the Nigerian city of Kano, reports say.


Back me on migration, PM tells EU 
  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:02:01 GMT 
    British PM David Cameron urges EU leaders to back his "reasonable" plan to restrict migrant welfare benefits, but will "rule nothing out" if rebuffed


Pope call to combat fanaticism 
  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:30:40 GMT 
    Pope Francis calls for all faiths to enter a dialogue to counter fanaticism and fundamentalism, at the start of a key visit to Turkey.


Police attend 'Black Friday' crowds 
  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:11:07 GMT 
    Police are called to supermarkets across the UK amid crowd surges as people hunt for bargains.


Chinese smokers face cigarette ban 
  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:11:56 GMT 
    Smokers in China's capital are to be banned from lighting up in all indoor public spaces under plans being introduced by the Beijing government.


Airport raids tackle cyberthieves 
  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:54:48 GMT 
    Cyberthieves who used stolen credit cards to buy airline tickets are targeted in raids at 80 airports.


Two dead in Egypt Islamist clashes 
  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:01:54 GMT 
    At least two demonstrators die in Egypt as Islamist anti-government protesters clash with police in Cairo.


Hollande visits Ebola-hit Guinea 
  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:39:21 GMT 
    French President Francois Hollande visits Guinea on the first trip by a Western leader to a country at the centre of the West African Ebola outbreak.


Austria arrests 13 jihadi suspects 
  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:00:16 GMT 
    Police in Austria arrest 13 people suspected of radicalising young people and recruiting them to fight in Syria.


Oil prices hit fresh four-year lows 
  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:02:40 GMT 
    Crude oil prices hit a four-year low in the wake of the decision of the Opec oil producers' cartel not to cut output.


Russia warships pass through Channel 
  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:48:45 GMT 
    A flotilla of Russian warships passes through the English Channel in what British and French officials describe as an annual visit.


Xinjiang to hire 3,000 ex-soldiers 
  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:39:05 GMT 
    The capital of China's restive region of Xinjiang will recruit 3,000 carefully vetted former soldiers as guards.


VIDEO: Dancing woman flouts Iranian rules 
  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:43:38 GMT 
    An online video which appears to show an Iranian woman defying Iran's strict laws by dancing publicly on the Tehran metro has gone viral.


VIDEO: Saving Darth Vader's childhood home 
  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:13:06 GMT 
    When a sand dune in Tunisia threatened to swallow up Mos Espa - the childhood home of Darth Vader - Star Wars fans teamed up with tourist chiefs to take action.


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  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:16:40 GMT 
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