Nigeria

Challenger wins presidential election

President Goodluck Jonathan called challenger Muhammadu Buhari to concede and congratulate him on his election victory, paving the way for a peaceful transfer of power. Jonathan's party has governed since military dictatorship ended in 1999.

France

Restart for Mideast peace process sought

France sees a window of opportunity after Israel's elections to get the United States on board with a new push for Mideast peace, and is preparing a draft U.N. Security Council resolution in about 12 days. The draft would allow room for exchanges of territory.

Thailand

End to martial lay may be imminent

Thailand's coup leader-turned-prime minister called for an end to martial law, to be replaced with sweeping authority for himself that human rights advocates oppose. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha left the army after leading the 2014 coup.

India

Heavy rains cause deadly landslide

Rescue workers have recovered 15 bodies from a house that collapsed after being hit by a landslide caused by torrential rains in the Indian-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir in the north. Heavy rains in recent days have caused widespread flooding in northern India, with the Jhelum River rising to dangerous levels and pouring water into the streets of Srinagar, the summer capital of the state.

Iraq

Government claims victory in Tikrit

Iraqi forces battled Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant militants holed up in downtown Tikrit, going house to house in search of snipers and booby traps, and the prime minister said security forces had reached the heart of the city. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the "liberation of Tikrit" and congratulated Iraqi security forces on their "historic milestone."

Maryland

Fort Meade shooting victim identified

Two cross-dressing men who were fired upon by National Security Agency police when they disobeyed orders at a heavily guarded gate at Fort Meade had just stolen a car from a man who had picked them up to "party" at a motel, police said. The FBI said the driver, Ricky Shawatza Hall, 27, died at the scene, and his passenger remained hospitalized. An NSA police officer who was slightly injured was released from a hospital. NSA police opened fire on the stolen SUV after the men failed to follow instructions for leaving a restricted area, authorities said. Only minutes before that, the pair drove off in the sport utility vehicle of a 60-year-old man who had picked them up in Baltimore and brought them to a Howard County, Md., motel to "party."

Washington, D.C.

Panel wants to interview Clinton

The chairman of the House select committee investigating the Benghazi attacks asked Hillary Rodham Clinton to appear for a private interview about her exclusive use of a personal e-mail account when she was secretary of state. "The committee believes a transcribed interview would best protect Secretary Clinton's privacy, the security of the information queried, and the public's interest," the chairman, Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said in a letter. Gowdy said that her decision to delete all of her e-mails amid the congressional investigation into the attacks in 2012 on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, "only exacerbates our need to better understand what the secretary did, when she did it, and why she did it."

Drug offenders' sentences commuted

President Obama commuted the sentences of 22 drug offenders serving time in federal prison, accelerating the administration's efforts to reduce penalties for many of those convicted of such crimes. Obama's decision is the latest sign that the White House is taking aim at a drug war the president has characterized as counterproductive.

Obama lifts arms freeze against Egypt

Seeking to patch up relations with a longtime regional ally at a time of spreading instability in the Middle East, President Obama lifted an arms freeze against Egypt that he imposed after the 2013 military overthrow of the country's government. Obama removed his holds on the delivery of F-16 aircraft, Harpoon missiles and M1A1 tank kits and in a phone call assured President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi that he would continue to support $1.3 billion in annual military assistance for the Cairo government.

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