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4:25 AM

Perpetrators of violence in Nigeria will be denied visas for U.S. - Kerry

LAGOS (Reuters) - The United States will deny entry to anyone responsible for stoking violence during Nigeria's election next month, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday, while urging the government not to delay the poll.

4:20 AM

Nigeria repels suspected Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri city

MAIDUGURI/BAUCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigeria's military repelled multiple attacks by suspected Boko Haram militants on Borno state capital Maiduguri in the northeast, security sources said on Sunday, but the insurgents captured another Borno town.

4:17 AM

Equatorial Guinea advance with 2-0 win over Gabon

BATA, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) - Equatorial Guinea reached the African Nations Cup quarter-finals after second-half goals by Javier Balboa and substitute Iban Salvador gave them a 2-0 win over Gabon in a pulsating Group A clash on Sunday.

4:05 AM

Honduran president says military crackdown has cut murder rate

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduran president Juan Hernandez on Sunday said his use of military forces to fight drug gangs had helped cut violence in the world's murder capital.

4:05 AM

Canada to unveil new security legislation after 2014 attacks - PM Stephen Harper

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada will introduce new legislation aimed at giving more powers to its police and security agencies in the wake of two attacks by Muslim converts last year, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Sunday.

4:00 AM

U.N. to hold new Libya talks, gunmen kidnap deputy foreign minister

BENGHAZI/TRIPOLI (Reuters) - A new round of talks between rival Libyan rival factions will take place in Geneva on Monday, the United Nations said, even as gunmen kidnapped the deputy foreign minister of the recognised government.

3:55 AM

Talks to end Yemen's political crisis falter

SANAA (Reuters) - - Talks aimed at ending Yemen's political crisis faltered on Sunday when three of the country's main political parties quit negotiations with the Iranian-backed Shi'ite Houthi group, raising the prospect of growing chaos.

3:55 AM

German anti-Islam rally shrinks, first since leader resigned

DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) - The number of anti-Islam protesters who turned out for a rally in the east German city of Dresden shrank from a record two weeks ago when turnout was likely boosted by the Islamist militant attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

3:55 AM

Rebels press Ukraine offensive, Obama promises steps against Russian-backed 'aggression'

NEW DELHI/KIEV (Reuters) - Pro-Moscow rebels, backed by what NATO says is the open participation of Russian troops, pressed on with their offensive on Sunday after restarting the war in eastern Ukraine with the first all-out assault since a truce five months ago.

3:55 AM

Greece's Syriza on verge of outright majority in vote

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's anti-austerity leftist party Syriza will easily win Sunday's election but may fall short of an absolute majority in parliament by as little as one seat, the first official projection of the vote showed.

3:37 AM

Defour sent off after fans unveil severed head banner

(Reuters) - Anderlecht midfielder Steven Defour was sent off on his return to former club Standard Liege on Sunday after home fans unveiled a graphic banner targeting the Belgium international.

3:35 AM

Netanyahu defends planned Congress speech as anti-Iran strategy

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended on Sunday a planned speech to the U.S. Congress about Iran, saying he had a moral obligation to speak out on an issue that poses a mortal threat to Israel.

3:32 AM

Mancini still eyeing Champions League despite 'cruel' loss

MILAN (Reuters) - Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini still believes his side can qualify for the Champions League next season even after their shock 1-0 home defeat against Torino on Sunday which he described as "cruel".

3:30 AM

At least 15 killed in protests on anniversary of Egypt uprising

CAIRO (Reuters) - At least 15 people were killed in anti-government protests in Egypt on Sunday, the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, security sources said.

3:17 AM

Ajax and Feyenoord in rare goalless stalemate

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A rare goalless draw between Ajax Amsterdam and Feyenoord on Sunday represented bad news for the two main pursuers of leaders PSV Eindhoven at the top of the Dutch league.

3:17 AM

Corinthians win as Brazil looks anxiously to future

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Some of Brazilian football's most illustrious names landed their first taste of stardom in the Sao Paulo Juniors Cup -- and many more are hoping to follow them after this year's competition ended with a ninth title win for Corinthians.

3:17 AM

Holders Arsenal progress as Cup shocks dry up

LONDON (Reuters) - Premier League Arsenal, Aston Villa and West Ham United reached the fifth round of the FA Cup as calm returned to the competition on Sunday, ending a weekend, which reminded spectators that David can beat Goliath.A day after Chelsea and Manchester City were stunned by Bradford City and Middlesbrough respectively, holders Arsenal beat second tier Brighton and Hove Albion 3-2, West Ham United overcame League One (third tier) Bristol City 1-0 and Aston Villa toppled Championship leaders Bournemouth 2-1.

3:12 AM

Goal-line technology cannot come fast enough for Serie A

MILAN (Reuters) - Serie A was hit by yet another controversy on Sunday which left both teams calling for the introduction of goal-line technology.

2:57 AM

Toulouse dumped out of Europe after surprise loss

LONDON (Reuters) - Four-times European champions Toulouse were dumped out of the Champions Cup at the pool stage on Sunday after a 27-26 defeat by French rivals Montpellier.

2:55 AM

After Ebola, WHO to set up contingency fund, develop 'surge capacity'

GENEVA (Reuters) - The Executive Board of the World Health Organisation (WHO) agreed on Sunday to create a contingency fund and an emergency workforce to respond quickly to crises after strong criticism of the agency's delay in confronting the Ebola epidemic.

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