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Boko Haram Islamists free 76 abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria

Boko Haram Islamists who kidnapped 110 schoolgirls in northeast Nigeria just over a month ago have returned 101 of the students to the town. The schoolgirls (pictured) were returned to Dapchi by Boko Haram early Wednesday morning following negotiations between the Nigerian government and the ISIS-affiliated militant group. Work is now ongoing to secure the safe return of the remaining 34 girls. The Dapchi kidnapping on February 19 conjured painful memories of a similar abduction in Chibok in April 2014, when more than 200 girls were taken.

Peter Madsen, 47, told a Copenhagen court that he did not see anything 'unnatural', in thinking about the thriller - which features a decapitation -
while dismembering Kim Wall's body.

Pope Francis listens to his message being delivered in several languages during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

The 81-year-old Pontiff will arrive in Dublin on Saturday August 25 and will take part in the Festival of Families, a faith-based cultural concert, in Croke Park.

Police in Paris' 14th district found that the company - XDolls - was being operated legitimately and the city's deputy mayor dismissed complaints as a complete waste of the council's time.

Chef Simon Gilby, originally from Exmouth, Devon, died after falling ill while on board Emirates flight EK413 from Christchurch to Dubai on Sunday. His cause of death is still unknown.

Israel has today, for the first time, admitted that it bombed a suspected nuclear reactor near Deir al-Zor in eastern Syria in 2007, claiming that the reactor had been built with help from North Korea.

Miss Ayling, 20, claims she was lured to a fake photoshoot in Milan where she was drugged with ketamine, but a hair sample has found traces of the drug going back two months before the 'kidnap'.

James Packer quits casino business for mental health reasons

James Packer, 50, the only son of the late media mogul Kerry and one of Australia's richest people with a personal fortune estimated at $3.9 billion, will 'step back from all commitments' indefinitely. The billionaire, who has battled anxiety and depression for years, quit as director of his gaming empire Crown Resorts Ltd for 'mental health' reasons. Recent years have not been smooth sailing for either Crown or its high-profile director, who has three children and two ex-wives. His high-profile engagement and subsequent split from American diva Mariah Carey (inset) in 2016 kept him in the public eye, a place he has admitted to finding uncomfortable.

Baby miraculously survives being thrown off a 118ft bridge into a swampy river by her MOTHER in Brazil

Thayller Barros, seven months,(left and inset top) miraculously survived the fall when her mother, Carla Regina Mendes, 23, (inset bottom) threw her over railings on José Sarney Bridge, in Sao Luis, north east Brazil (right). She had already sunk deep into the swampy river when two quick-thinking off-duty police officers got to her and saved her just in time before she disappeared underneath the surface. According to detectives, the mother, who was arrested at the scene, claimed to be suffering from mental health problems and depression

Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, the second son of the late dictator, says he is able provide evidence that the 63-year-old former French president was backed by illicit Libyan cash.

Only ten Karlmann Kings will ever be built, according to its Chinese maker, and when looking at the outside, the black four-wheel drives seem to have come straight out of a DC comic book.

Michael Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm said that the family appreciate fans' 'empathy' and their understanding that they want the F1 legend's state of health to remain a private matter.

Employees of Japanese condom maker Sagami Rubber Industries perform quality tests for randomly picked condoms at the company's testing facility

Japanese condom makers are ramping up preparations ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, seeing a golden opportunity to showcase their world-record ultra-thin products.

EU proposals for a digital tax follow major anti-trust decisions by the EU that have cost Apple and Google billions and also caught out Amazon

European Union officials unveiled Wednesday proposals for the levy which could heap more problems on Facebook after revelations over misused data of 50 million users shocked the world.

Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow would not hesitate to 'hit back' blaming Britain for sending relations into the deep freeze.

British couple's shipping container flips on the Falkland Islands

A British couple were almost killed when they were thrown around inside a two ton shipping container (right) they were taking shelter in during a storm. Charlotte Bainbridge (left), 25, and her boyfriend Edd Hewett (inset with Miss Bainbridge), 27, had been camping in the Falkland Islands when the adverse weather closed in.  They decided to take cover inside the solid, metal structure, but terrifyingly the wind whipped up and threw it more than 200m across the grassland, seriously injuring the pair.  Miss Bainbridge suffered shattered ribs, a punctured lung and internal bleeding - so her boyfriend Mr Hewett was forced to trek five miles in the dark to search for help.

Saved from cruelty only to die caged in a zoo: One of Nepal's last dancing bears dies after being housed in small, dirty cages by the government after it was rescued by animal rights group 

Two sloth bears (right) were rescued in southern Nepal in December last year from a pair of itinerant street performers who used the animals for entertainment. Shortly after their rescue, the bears - 19-year-old male Rangila and Sridevi, a 17-year-old female - were transferred to a zoo near the capital Kathmandu where they were put in cages on display. But a few weeks later, the female bear died. An animal rights group involved in the initial rescue has claimed that the bears were taken to a zoo 'criticised for its extremely poor and substandard conditions' instead of a sanctuary and that this happened without their knowledge. One of the bears is pictured in an enclosure at the zoo (left).

The French president has impressed foreign audiences by giving speeches and interviews in near-flawless English, a language viewed with hostility by predecessors like Jacques Chirac.

Socialist Mayor Anne Hidalgo announced plans late on Monday for a study into the feasibility of free city-wide transport in Paris.

Evidence Immobilier, based in Montpellier in the south of France, lock potential buyers in the apartments and make them look for clues and solve puzzles in order to get out.

Peter Franzmayr sued for discrimination after failing to get an internal promotion in Austria's transport ministry in 2011. The job instead went to the then-head of the rail regulator, Ursula Zechner.

The Vatican said Tuesday that Francis will meet March 29 with inmates at the Regina Coeli prison, including those in the special "protected" wing where sexual predators are housed.

The performers will include K-pop group  Girls Generation, seen here in the US in 2014

South Korea will send performers to the North's capital, Pyongyang, for a four day visit from March 31 to April 3 for the first time in more than a decade.

Rampaging elephant crushes man to death as terrified crowd flees during Indian religious festival

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. Video footage shows the moment the elephant throws four people off its back, and gores and tramples its handler to death during a religious festival in Kerala, India. The angry bull elephant is seen tossing the dead body around on its tusks. as crowds of men, women and children flee for their lives. The bull then turns on another elephant, who is thrown to the ground and eventually pushed into a building packed with visitors who are forced to run to escape it.