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Video shows ISIL destroying ancient city of Nimrud

NimrudA video purporting to show Islamic State extremists destroying the ancient Iraqi city of Nimrud has been posted online.

In the video, militants use drills, sledgehammers and a bulldozer to destroy ancient stone reliefs and walls, before huge explosions can be seen. The video footage could not be independently verified by USA TODAY.

The Islamic State, also known as ISIL and ISIS, considers the artifacts to be idolatry.

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Kenya's second-in-command wants 600K refugees shipped out

Kenya refugee campKenya's second most powerful official has effectively issued an ultimatum to the United Nations -- demanding that the world body move more than 600,000 Somali refugees out of his country, or else his government will do so.

Deputy President William Ruto made the demand Saturday to the U.N.'s refugee agency, giving it three months to move out every last refugee from the Dadaab camps -- the largest in the world.

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Egypt court sentences US-Egyptian citizen to life in prison

Egypt sentences American citizen to lifeAn Egyptian criminal court sentenced a dual U.S.-Egyptian citizen on a monthslong hunger strike to life in prison Saturday on charges of financing an anti-government sit-in and spreading false news.

Mohammed Soltan, the son of a prominent member of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, was arrested in August 2013, when security forces came looking for his father at his house. They didn't find the father at the time, but arrested him instead, Soltan's family said. His father, Salah, was detained later.

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Obama and Castro shake hands at historic summit

Obama - Castro handshakeUS President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro shook hands at a historic Summit of the Americas, marking a major milestone in their efforts to end decades of animosity.

Mr Obama and Mr Castro nodded and smiled as they greeted one another and exchanged pleasantries, looked over by Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General.

It was the first such interaction between the two men in three years, and one of the only times that the leaders of the US and Cuba have spoken to one another in more than a half century.

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Muslim Brotherhood Head Sentenced to Die

Muslim Brotherhood head condemned to deathAn Egyptian court has sentenced to death the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, and 13 more members of his group, state-run Nile TV reported Saturday.

The sentences will be appealed.

The criminal court sentenced the 14 defendants to death by hanging and 34 other defendants to life in prison on charges of plotting terrorist attacks against state facilities, Nile TV reported on its website.

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Morocco bus crash leaves 31 dead, mostly children

Morocco bus crashMore than 30 people have been killed in Morocco in a head-on crash between a bus carrying young athletes and a petrol tanker.

At least 33 people died when the coach collided with the tanker, causing a huge explosion that engulfed both vehicles in flames.

Eight people, the only survivors, were injured in the accident on a road between the Moroccan capital, Rabat, and Laayoune, in annexed Western Sahara.

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Barack Obama and Raul Castro prepare for historic meeting at Summit of the Americas

Castro and Obama to meetIn a symbolism-laden encounter marking the end of the last great Cold War enmity, President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro will on Friday night sit down to dinner together with 33 other regional leaders.

The opening of the Summit of the Americas in Panama will be the first time that presidents from the countries have shared a table since Mr Castro's older brother Fidel led the Cuban revolution in 1959.

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