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Insurgents hit holiday targets

International | Hundreds killed in extremist attacks over the Christmas break
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/09/21, 10:21 pm

On Christmas Eve, extremists with the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) killed at least five people and abducted several others in Garkida, home to one of the first missionary settlements in northern Nigeria. Witnesses said the insurgents burned at least three churches, including two belonging to the EYN Church of the Brethren, which began in the town.

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Post-holiday COVID-19 surge hits Japan

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/07/21, 04:14 pm

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Thursday declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and three nearby areas after the capital reported a daily record of 2,447 new cases of the coronavirus. Starting tomorrow, Japan is asking restaurants and bars to close at 8 p.m. and people to stay home and avoid crowds as infections have increased following the New Year’s holidays. The restrictions do not carry a penalty.

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Muted celebrations ring in New Year

by Leigh Jones
Posted 12/31/20, 03:32 pm

Australia is one of the first countries to cross the finish line to Jan. 1. Fireworks exploded over Sydney’s famed Opera House as usual, but few people saw them in person. 

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