Washington, D.C.

Canada's Trudeau coming for state visit

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife will come to Washington for a state visit on March 10, the White House announced Monday, a sign of the deepening ties between President Obama and his Canadian counterpart. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that the visit by the Trudeaus will include a state dinner, as well as working meetings. It will mark the first state visit by a Canadian prime minister since 1997.

Maryland

Second Freddie Gray trial set for Jan. 11.

The Baltimore trial for the second of six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray will begin with jury selection Jan. 11, five days later than it had initially been scheduled. Officer Caesar Goodson faces second-degree murder charges. Gray died in April after he was chased down and arrested in Baltimore. The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide from a spine injury that authorities said occurred while he was being transported in the back of a police van.

Israel

West Bank homes planned, group says

An Israeli anti-settlement watchdog group says the government has quietly worked on plans to build more than 8,000 homes in a strategic section of the West Bank near Jerusalem. Peace Now said it had obtained the information from Israel's Housing Ministry in response to a freedom of information request. The Palestinians, along with the international community, strongly object to settlement of the area. They say it would separate a future Palestinian state from east Jerusalem and drive a big wedge between the northern and southern flanks of the West Bank.

Nigeria

Suicide bombings kill more than 80 people

More than 80 people died in attacks in northeast Nigeria's Borno and Adamawa states, as suicide bombers targeted civilians and the army clashed with suspected Islamist militants in a spate of violence starting late Sunday. In the deadliest attack, two female suicide bombers killed about 40 people near a mosque in the Sulemanti area of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state. Boko Haram militants are in the sixth year of a violent campaign that has killed thousands to impose their brand of Islamic law on Africa's most populous country and biggest economy.

Burundi

Leaders, opposition begin peace talks

Representatives of Burundi's government and opposition began a mediated effort to end the country's political violence. President Pierre Nkurunziza, whose decision to run for election to a third term triggered the bloodshed, was invited but wasn't present at the opening ceremony. Negotiations will start in January. The two sides met Monday under the banner of the East African Community, a regional bloc, in a ceremony at Uganda's State house. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, in his role as mediator, urged both sides to negotiate seriously and without conditions.

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