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Five children killed in attack on Cameroonian school, say officials By Reuters


DOUALA (Reuters) – Gunmen killed five children and badly wounded about nine others when they opened fire in a school in the city of Kumba in Cameroon’s Southwest region on Saturday, officials told Reuters.

The officials blamed the attack on secessionist insurgents who are seeking to form a breakaway state in Cameroon’s English-speaking west, though Reuters was unable to immediately confirm that.

“They attacked around noon. They found the children in class and they opened fire on them,” Kumba sub-prefect Ali Anougou told Reuters. He said that nine others had been seriously wounded and sent to hospital.

Anglophone secessionists have imposed curfews and closed schools as part of their protest against President Paul Biya’s French-speaking government and its perceived marginalisation of the English-speaking minority.

Last year, officials blamed separatists for kidnapping dozens of schoolchildren, charges the separatists denied.

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AIG settles U.S. tax shelter lawsuit By Reuters

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – American International Group Inc (N:) agreed to settle a tax shelter lawsuit related to the entering of sham transactions designed to generate bogus foreign tax credits, Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss in Manhattan said on Friday.

AIG agreed to the disallowance of more than $400 million in foreign tax credits and the imposition of a 10% tax penalty, Strauss said.

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TASS cites FSB By Reuters


MOSCOW (Reuters) – A terrorist bomb attack was thwarted in Moscow on Thursday, the TASS news agency cited Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) as saying.

A person who had been planning to cause an explosion at a government building on behalf of an international terrorist group had been detained, the FSB said.

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Global powers push to end Nagorno-Karabakh fighting By Reuters

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© Reuters. A view shows a fragment of an artillery shell at the fighting positions of ethnic Armenian soldiers on the front line in Nagorno-Karabakh

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By Nvard Hovhannisyan and Nailia Bagirova

YEREVAN/BAKU (Reuters) – Armenia’s president headed to Brussels for talks with the European Union and NATO military alliance on Wednesday in a renewed drive to end the heaviest fighting since the 1990s over the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.

As part of a wide diplomatic push from major global powers, the Azeri and Armenian foreign ministers also flew to Moscow for talks with Russia, which has brokered two ceasefires but failed to end clashes killing hundreds of people in the last month.

The warring sides’ foreign ministers then go to Washington for talks on Friday involving U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which has raised hopes of a breakthrough.

Both sides reported new fighting on Wednesday in and

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Russia to open defence ministry office in Serbia in push to deepen military ties By Reuters

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has authorised its defence ministry to open an office in Serbia, a government document showed, as Moscow pushes to expand military ties with its traditional Balkans ally even as Belgrade seeks to join the European Union.

Serbia last month suspended military drills with foreign troops for six months, citing pressure from the EU to withdraw from joint exercises with Russia and Belarus.

The Russian government order, dated Oct. 15 and signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, said the head of the proposed office would assist in resolving military and technical questions over Russian-Serbian cooperation.

The agreement, once signed by both parties, would give the Russian official in Serbia the right to visit Serbian divisions that use Russian weapons and military equipment, provided

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Bulgarian circus defies odds during COVID pandemic By Reuters

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© Reuters. Artists perform at Circus Balkanski in Sofia

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By Tsvetelia Tsolova

SOFIA (Reuters) – Sitting in his caravan in downtown Sofia, Alexander Balkanski, a former acrobat and trapeze artist and the founder of Bulgaria’s largest circus, swings between hope and despair as he counts the emotional and financial costs of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year Balkanski, 78, had hoped to celebrate the 200th anniversary of his family’s involvement in circus and the 20th birthday of Circus Balkanski, but the lockdown has drastically curtailed the season, which usually runs from April to November.

Balkanski mortgaged his home to raise 250,000 euros for a new tent ordered to mark the anniversaries. He had to re-arrange his programme six times amid accumulating bills and artist cancellations, and the circus only opened its doors on Sept. 1.

“All over Europe circuses are on their knees, including us,” said Balkanski, whose family

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