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US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at length of the horrors inflicted by Boko Haram, the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda in an impassioned speech in Davos. --PHOTO: EPA 
US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at length of the horrors inflicted by Boko Haram, the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda in an impassioned speech in Davos. --PHOTO: EPA 

Davos 2015: Kerry makes impassioned call to fight terrorism

US Secretary of State John Kerry set out his vision for the fight against Islamist violence on Friday in an impassioned speech in Davos where he also announced a visit to Nigeria.

Kerry spoke at length of the horrors inflicted by Boko Haram, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group and Al-Qaeda, and promised a packed room at the World Economic Forum that the fight against terrorism would be unrelenting.

"This kind of atrocity can never be rationalised. It has to be opposed by every fibre of our being," he said.

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Post-attack Charlie Hebdo weekly circulation tops seven million

Circulation of the "survivors' issue" of Charlie Hebdo, published after a deadly attack on the French satirical weekly's Paris office, is set to top seven million, the distributor said Friday.

A total of 6.3 million copies were for France alone, amid an outpouring of grief and anger over the attack by two Islamist gunmen this month which left 12 people dead, including some of Charlie Hebdo's top cartoonists. Five more people were killed in related attacks by a separate gunman.

Another 700,000 copies have been sent to overseas markets.

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More than half of Europeans against rise in migration, poll shows

More than half of Europeans want less migration with up to 84 per cent of Greeks against any further rise, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Friday.

Releasing the preliminary findings of a Gallup poll held across more than 140 nations, the IOM said the trend in Europe went against the sentiment recorded in other regions of the world.

Across Europe, which has been battling to fight an influx of migrants arriving via often perilous land and sea routes, 52.1 per cent said migration levels should drop.

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Box hits Wall Street with a bang after IPO

Cloud storage startup Box soared in its Wall Street debut Friday after a public share offering, pushing its market value to some US$2.7 billion (S$3.6 billion).

Trading under the symbol "BOX," the shares jumped 65 per cent to US$23.17 at 15.15 GMT (11.15pm Singapore time) after the offering price of US$14 announced Thursday.

The initial public offering raised US$175 million and could increase to US$200 million if options are exercised.

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Football: Ancelotti wants to nuture Odegaard talent

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti insisted on Friday that Norwegian prodigy Martin Odegaard has a great future but needs time to settle into his new life.

A complete unknown only a year ago, 16-year-old Odegaard's transfer to Real Madrid has set his fledgling career soaring towards the summit.

But Ancelotti said the European champions would not be rushing the youngster, who will be paid a reported US$60,000 (S$80,000) a week.

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