Central African Republic: Militia kidnaps sports minister

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — The wife of a minister in Central African Republic's transitional government says her husband has been kidnapped by armed men believed to belong to the Christian anti-Balaka militia group.
Suspected Boko Haram militants attack major Nigeria northern city

By Lanre Ola MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram militants began attacking Nigeria's major northeastern city of Maiduguri just after midnight on Sunday, military, government and local sources said. At around 9 am (0800 GMT) on Sunday, a Reuters witness said shelling could be heard and that military helicopters were circling the city. The militants began the attack at the edge of the city in the Njimtilo area. Boko Haram has waged a five-year insurgency to carve out an Islamic state in the northeast of Africa's biggest economy.
Bomb wounds two policemen on anniversary of Egypt uprising

SPAP activists chant slogans during a protest in CairoBy Ali Abdelaty CAIRO (Reuters) - A bomb wounded two Egyptian policemen in Cairo and security forces quickly dispersed small protests on Sunday, the anniversary of a popular uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011, officials said. The blast targeted policemen stationed outside a sports club in Cairo's Heliopolis area, security sources said. In the Nile Delta region of Baheira, about 170 km (104 miles) from Cairo, two militants were killed when bombs they were planting exploded, state television reported. Supporters of deposed president Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood gathered near Tahrir Square -- symbolic heart of the 2011 revolt -- and held up photographs of him, a Reuters witness said.

After a bear hug, Obama irons out deals with Modi in India

Employee ties threads on a kite, with portraits of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Barack Obama, ahead of Obama's visit, in MumbaiBy Sanjeev Miglani and Douglas Busvine NEW DELHI (Reuters) - In a glow of bonhomie, U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi worked on a series of bilateral agreements at a summit on Sunday that both sides hope will establish an enduring strategic partnership. Indian media reported that negotiators had broken an impasse that has long stood in the way of civil nuclear trade and was one of the major irritants in bilateral ties.. They ironed out differences over the liability of suppliers to India in the event of a nuclear accident and the United States dropped a demand to be able to track the whereabouts of material supplied to the country, TV news networks said. The White House declined to comment on the reports and the spokesman for India's Ministry of External Affairs said only "we hope for a positive outcome at the end of the day". Signaling his determination to take ties to a higher level, Modi broke with protocol to meet and bear-hug Obama as he landed in New Delhi earlier in the day.

In Nigeria, Kerry to discuss election, insurgent group

Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, left, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pose for the media prior to a meeting on the sideline of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. The world's financial and political elite will head this week to the Swiss Alps for a gathering of the World Economic Forum at the Swiss ski resort of Davos. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, Pool)ZURICH (AP) — Reflecting concern over the possibility of postelection violence, America's top diplomat is seeking separate meetings with Nigeria's president and his leading opponent ahead of voting as part of an effort to encourage both sides to accept the results peacefully.

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