Boko Haram attack on Nigerian city of Maiduguri kills 14 people, say police

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria An attack by Boko Haram jihadists on the northern Nigerian city of Maiduguri killed 14 people and wounded 24 others, police said on Thursday, the first official toll. Maiduguri is the epicenter of the eight-year fight against Boko Haram which has been trying to set up an Islamic State in the northeast, and has been largely free of violence for the past two years.

Final election poll puts May’s Tories 12 points ahead of Corbyn’s Labour

A Guardian/ICM poll puts the Conservatives at 46 percent, while Labour trails behind at 34 percent. Although the figures fall short of suggesting a landslide victory, they nevertheless imply the Tory leader is set to win a majority of 96 seats in Parliament, sharply up from May’s working majority of 17 in the House of Commons before the election.

Qatar’s credit rating cut over Gulf blockade crisis

The Arab Gulf state’s long-term rating was cut one notch to AA- from AA. The agency put the rating on CreditWatch with negative implications, expecting further lowering. Earlier this week, some Muslim countries led by neighboring Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic, trade and transport ties with Qatar due to alleged support of terrorism, a charge that Doha denies.