ABUJA -- At least 27 people were killed in an explosion in the central Nigerian state of Nasarawa on Tuesday night, local police confirmed on Thursday.
"So far, 27 bodies have been recovered following the explosion. Security agencies are combing the general area for more bodies," said Ramhan Nansel, a police spokesperson in Nasarawa. (Nigeria-Explosion-Deaths)
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JERUSALEM/RAMALLAH -- Israeli forces killed on Thursday at least nine Palestinians, including an elderly woman, during a raid in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian sources said, amid escalating violence in the region.
The violence took place in the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank, a flashpoint town that has been a stronghold for militants and a target for frequent Israeli raids for almost a year. (Israel-Raid-Killing)
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TOKYO -- Eight crew members of a cargo ship that sank off southwestern Japan have been confirmed dead, including six Chinese nationals, said the Chinese Consulate-General in Fukuoka on Thursday.
Five crew members, including four Chinese nationals and a Myanmarese national, have survived, with nine others still missing. (Japan-Cargo Ship-Accident)
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BEIRUT -- Protests broke out in several Lebanese cities on Thursday after the country's currency nosedived amid a lingering financial crisis, the National News Agency (NNA) reported.
At least four Lebanese cities, including the cities of Beirut, Tripoli, Tyre, and Baalbek, as well as the town of Marjeyoun, saw protests against the steep devaluation of the Lebanese pound, which has fallen to a record low against the dollar on Thursday and is now trading at 60,500 to the dollar, down from 53,700 on Tuesday. (Lebanon-Currency Depreciation-Protest)