MOSCOW -- A bomb blast targeting a television viewing center for soccer in northeast Nigeria killed at least 14 people and wounded 12 Sunday, police and the military said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast in Gavan in the Mubi area of Adamawa state. Islamist militant group Boko Haram, whose struggle for an Islamic state is concentrated in the Northeast, would be the prime suspect.
The group has set off several bombs across north and central Nigeria over the past two months, repeatedly causing carnage.
Israel PM calls for isolation
JERUSALEM -- Israel's prime minister Sunday urged the world to shun the emerging Palestinian unity government due to its ties to the Hamas militant group, rejecting Palestinian pledges that it will be a government of technocrats that will accept peace agreements with Israel and eschew violence.
The comments by Benjamin Netanyahu set the stage for what is likely to be a tough battle for international opinion in the coming weeks. While Israel has made clear it will reject the new government, the reactions of the European Union and United States, which send the Palestinians hundreds of millions of dollars in aid each year, will be critical in determining whether it can survive and whether Israel will be forced to deal with it.
A statement from Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah's office Sunday denounced Mr. Netanyahu's call, saying it was part of a campaign intended to "cement the occupation by all means."
3 confess to rapes, killings
LUCKNOW, India -- Three men have confessed to the gang rape and slaying of two teenage girls who were found hanging from a tree in northern India, police said Sunday, in a case that has recast a light on rampant sexual violence in the country.
Authorities continued to search for two additional suspects in last week's attack on the 14- and 15-year-old cousins in Uttar Pradesh state, police officer Atul Saxena said.
The girls, from an impoverished family with no toilets in their home in the tiny village of Katra, about 180 miles from Lucknow, the state capital, disappeared Tuesday night after going into fields to relieve themselves.
The suspects, who are cousins in their 20s from an extended family, face murder and rape charges, crimes punishable by the death penalty.
Priests, nun freed by group
DAKAR, Senegal -- Two Italian priests and a Canadian nun, kidnapped for nearly two months near Cameroon's border with Nigeria in a region rife with Boko Haram militants, were freed, Cameroon's communications minister said Sunday.
The minister would not discuss the terms under which the three were released. But past kidnappings of Europeans by Boko Haram in northern Cameroon have involved the release of prisoners, along with payments of cash. The three were flown to Cameroon's capital, Yaounde.
A spokesman for the Vatican, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said news of the captives' release "fills us with joy."
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Ivan Simonovis, an imprisoned former Caracas police commissioner at the center of stalled political talks between Venezuela's government and opposition leaders, ended a hunger strike Sunday after demands for his release due to frail health were rejected. ... Sixteen people were missing and two survived with injuries after an Mi-8 helicopter crashed into a lake in Russia's northwest Murmansk region, the Emergencies Ministry said Sunday.
-- Compiled from news services