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Addis Ababa: July 24, 2014 (FBC) - Iraq's parliament on Thursday elected veteran Kurdish politician Fuad Masum as federal president, a move that paves the way for the much-delayed formation of a new government.

Addis Ababa: July 24, 2014 (FBC) - An Air Algerie flight crashed on Thursday en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, an Algerian aviation official said.

Addis Ababa: July 24, 2014 (FBC) - U.S. philanthropist and Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates received an Honorary Degree from Addis Ababa University this morning.

Taiwan authorities said on Thursday it was unlikely bad weather was the cause of the crash of a TransAsia Airways turboprop plane the previous day in which 48 people, including two French nationals, were killed.