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Obama defends 'just' drones war President Obama defends the use of drones as a "just war" of self-defence against deadly militants, and a campaign that has made America safer. Details Bombers hit Niger barracks and mine Suicide bombers target a military camp and a French-run uranium mine in north-western Niger leaving at least 20 people dead, officials say. Details WHO urges sharing over coronavirus The WHO urges countries with possible cases of novel coronavirus to share information amid concern over patent rights held by commercial labs. Details US Boy Scouts to allow gay members The Boy Scouts of America organisation votes to accept openly gay scouts, after a divisive campaign pitting liberals against some religious groups. Details Nasa to lease shuttle launch pad Nasa is looking for commercial operators to lease a historic launch pad in Florida used for the first Moon missions and by the Atlantis shuttle. Details Uefa reveals new drug-testing plans Uefa announces a series of new measures designed to combat the use of performance-enhancing drugs in European football. Details Foul weather hits US tornado cleanup Recovery efforts in an Oklahoma city hit by a huge tornado are hampered by thunderstorms, as the first victim's funeral is held. Details Global markets fall on growth fears Global stock markets fall after weak Chinese economic data and concerns the US may scale back monetary stimulus efforts but the Dow Jones closes flat. Details French court questions IMF chief IMF chief Christine Lagarde is grilled by judges in Paris over a big payout to a tycoon when she was French finance minister. Details Transition plan floated for Syria As Syria's main opposition coalition begins three days of key talks, its leader puts forward a transition plan for the country. Details US sanctions 'hit NK aid agencies' European aid agencies in North Korea say US financial sanctions are severely restricting their attempts to improve agriculture and nutrition there. Details Thousands at author Achebe's funeral Thousands of mourners attend the funeral of renowned Nigerian author Chinua Achebe in his home town of Ogidi in Anambra state. Details EU axes plans to ban olive oil jugs The EU drops plans to ban restaurants from using refillable olive oil jugs, after the idea drew criticism from consumers and European leaders. Details