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MH17 Ukraine disaster: Dutch Safety Board blames missile

Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 crashed as a result of a Russian-made Buk missile, the Dutch Safety Board says. The missile hit the front left of the plane causing other parts to break off, it said in a final report into the July 2014 disaster, which killed 298 people. The West and Ukraine say Russian-backed rebels brought down the Boeing 777, ...

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Pope Francis encyclical calls for end to fossil fuels

    The Pope has issued an encyclical, calling for fossil fuels to be “progressively replaced without delay”. Pope Francis urges the richer world to make changes in lifestyle and energy consumption to avert the unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem. Environmentalists hope the message will spur on nations ahead of the UN climate conference in Paris in December. But parts ...

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The great Moldovan bank robbery

It’s a mystery that’s thrown Europe’s poorest nation into deep crisis – $1bn has vanished from three of Moldova’s leading banks, much of it passing through UK companies. A confidential report has blamed 28-year-old businessman, Ilan Shor, but in an exclusive BBC interview he proclaims his innocence. Ilan Shor isn’t tall. So his personal assistant keeps telling him to adjust ...

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South Carolina church shooting: Nine die in Charleston 'hate crime'

Nine people have died in a shooting at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina. City police chief Gregory Mullen described the attack at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church as a “hate crime”. Police later issued surveillance images of the suspect – a white male in his 20s – and a vehicle. The church’s pastor, state Senator Clementa ...

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Ireland becomes first country to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote – live

gay marriage As the cliche goes, success has many fathers and in the context of the Yes victory in the Irish gay marriage vote there will be many politicians who will want to claim the credit. It is a fact that this referendum was the brainchild of Eamon Gilmore, leader of the Irish Labour Party back in 2011. He insisted ...

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Cameron, four Nigerians win in UK election

Top left: Osamor; top bottom: Onwurah; middle: Cameron; top right: Grant; top bottom: Umunna. In one of the most keenly contested general elections in British history, four Nigerians won seats to the revered parliament, making it the first time such feat would be recorded Against all odds, David Cameron has won his re-election bid in one of the fiercest polls ...

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Syria war: 'Chlorine' attack video moves UN to tears

Members of the UN Security Council were moved to tears after they were shown a video of an apparent chlorine gas attack in north-west Syria last month. The footage shows the unsuccessful attempts of doctors to revive three children all aged under four. US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power described the meeting as “very emotional” and said those responsible ...

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Turkey anger at Pope Francis Armenian 'genocide' claim

Turkey has criticised Pope Francis for using the word “genocide” to describe the mass killing of Armenians under Ottoman rule in World War 1. Ankara immediately summoned the Vatican’s envoy after the Pope made the comments at a service in Rome. Turkey’s Foreign Minister described it as “far from the historical reality”. Armenia and many historians say up to 1.5 ...

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Rhodes statue removed in Cape Town as crowd celebrates

South Africa’s University of Cape Town (UCT) has removed a statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes that had become the focus of protests. The monument, taken down in front of cheering protesters, will be stored for “safe keeping”, UCT’s council said. Students have been campaigning for the removal of the statue of the 19th Century figure, unveiled in 1934. Other ...

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US and Cuba hold highest-level meeting in over 50 years

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez have held talks, in the highest level meeting between the two countries in more than half a century. The two held closed-door discussions after arriving in Panama for a summit. Meanwhile, the US state department has reportedly recommended that Cuba be removed from its list of states said ...

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Yemen crisis: Kerry warns Iran over Houthi rebel 'support'

US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned Iran over its alleged support for Houthi rebels in Yemen. He said the US would support any state in the Middle East that felt threatened by Iran, and would not “stand by” if Iran destabilised the region. The US is backing a Saudi-led coalition seeking to drive back the rebels and restore ...

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UPDATE: Intense fighting reported in Yemen's Aden

  Saudi-led air strikes against suspected Houthi fighters in Yemen have continued for the 15th day, with intense fighting occurring in the southern city of Aden, where rockets have reportedly landed on houses.. The World Health Organisation says at least 643 people have died and more than 2,200 have been injured in the Yemeni conflict since March 19. Tens of ...

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Yemen crisis: Rebels push into central Aden

Fresh fighting has been reported in the southern Yemeni city of Aden between Houthi rebels and militiamen loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. Several houses in the central Crater district were set on fire after being hit by rockets as the rebels advanced, residents told the Reuters news agency. Warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition, which backs the government, meanwhile bombed ...

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Iran nuclear talks intensify as key deadline nears

Talks have resumed in Switzerland ahead of Tuesday’s deadline for a preliminary nuclear deal with Iran. Foreign ministers from six world powers are meeting their Iranian counterpart, amid hopes of a breakthrough after almost 18 months of negotiations. They want to impose limits that would prevent Iran from producing enough fuel for a nuclear weapon within a year. Iran, which ...

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150 die in Lufthansa’s Germanwings Airbus crash

AN Airbus operated by Lufthansa’s Germanwings budget airline crashed in a remote snowy area of the French Alps yesterday with all 150 on board feared dead. French President Francois Hollande said he believed none of those on board the A320 had survived, while the head of Lufthansa spoke of a dark day for the German airline. Germanwings confirmed its flight ...

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Israel denies spying on US-Iran nuclear talks

Israel has strongly denied a report that it spied on talks between Iran and the US over Iran’s nuclear programme. A senior Israeli official told the BBC that the claims, reported in the Wall Street Journal, were “utterly false”. The Journal said Israel wanted details of the talks in order to build a case against a nuclear deal with Iran. ...

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Libya peace talks appear on verge of collapse

    Peace talks between rival Libyan political factions appeared to be on the verge of collapse as fighting for control of the capital raged on for a second day. Libya’s UN-recognised government in Tobruk conducted air strikes on Saturday against airports and a military camp in the capital Tripoli, controlled by a rival government, and killed a senior commander ...

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Pentagon investigates 'IS online threat' to US military

The US defence department says it is investigating an online threat allegedly made by Islamic State (IS) to about 100 of its military personnel. A list of names and addresses was posted on a website linked to the group alongside a call for them to be killed. The group said it obtained the information by hacking servers and databases but ...

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Iran nuclear talks: Deal can be reached, says Rouhani

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says that progress made in nuclear talks means a final deal can be reached. “There is nothing that cannot be resolved,” although some differences still remain,Iranian state media quoted him as saying. US Secretary of State John Kerry also said that “substantial progress” had been made in the talks. Six world powers are negotiating a deal ...

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Obama: US and Iran have chance to mend ties

In video message directed at Iranians, US president says nuclear negotiations present a “historic opportunity”.   United States President Barack Obama has urged the people and leaders of Iran to seize the “historic” opportunity presented by nuclear talks and remake long-troubled ties between the two countries. In a video message directed at Iranians celebrating the new year festival of Nowruz, ...

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Libya army chief warns of ISIL threat against Europe

Haftar says ISIL will attack Europe if the West does not provide Libyan army fighting the armed group with weapons.   Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Libya will inflitrate Europe if the West fails to support Libyan forces with arms and ammunition, a top Libyan army officer has said. General Khalifa Haftar, the ...

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Solar eclipse set to plunge UK and Europe into darkness

Millions of people could witness the best solar eclipse in years seen from the UK and northern Europe later. A path across the Earth’s surface will be plunged into darkness as the Moon covers up the Sun. The event’s geometry means that in the UK the Sun will be between 83% and 98% covered, from about 09:23 GMT onwards. The ...

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Netanyahu wins elections

Prime Minister’s right-wing Likud party wins surprise victory, sweeping past rival Zionist Union, Israeli media reports.   Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won a clear victory in Israel’s Parliamentary elections, Israeli media reported, after 99 percent of the ballot boxes were counted. Netanyahu’s Likud party captured at least 29 seats in Parliament, sweeping past the rival Zionist Union alliance, which ...

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US and Iran's top diplomats hold nuclear talks

The US secretary of state and his Iranian counterpart have held four hours of nuclear talks in the Swiss city of Lausanne, after which the Iranian delegation headed to Brussels for meetings with European ministers. John Kerry and Mohammad Javad Zarif are aiming to agree the outlines of a potentially historic agreement by the end of the month. A full accord is then ...

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Iraqi forces tighten siege of Tikrit

Iraqi commanders have said that time is on their side as government forces tightened their siege of Tikrit and warned they would not be rushed into a final assault. Since the operation to retake Tikrit from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group was launched at the start of the month, thousands of troops and Shia militia ...

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani pays tribute to UK war dead

The Afghan president has paid tribute to UK soldiers who died fighting in the country, ahead of services to mark the end of British involvement in the war. Ashraf Ghani said the 453 UK troops had “paid the ultimate sacrifice to enable us to live in freedom, in hope for peace, prosperity and dignity”. The Queen and many veterans will ...

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Ferguson police shootings condemned by Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama says there is “no excuse” for criminal acts in Ferguson, Missouri, one night after two police officers at a protest were shot. He said the protesters had “legitimate grievances” but described the shooters as “criminals” who should be arrested. Wednesday’s shootings happened during a demonstration after it was announced the Ferguson Police Chief would resign. Further ...

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An illegal market in children has developed in China , SELLING OF CHILDREN ONLINE

An illegal market in children has developed in China, in which babies are being openly sold online. Police say many of the victims are from the estimated 20,000 children abducted each year – a crime with a devastating impact on separated children and parents. It was a few days before the Chinese New Year in February 2007 and Xiao Chaohua ...

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ISIL fighters launch attack on Iraq's Ramadi

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group has launched a coordinated attack on government-held areas of the western Iraqi city of Ramadi, involving seven almost simultaneous suicide car bombs, police say. At least 10 people were killed and 30 wounded in Wednesday’s attack, according to initial reports by police and hospital sources in Ramadi, capital of Anbar ...

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Three French sports stars die in Argentina helicopter crash

Three French sports personalities are among 10 people killed in a helicopter crash in Argentina, the French presidential office confirmed. Eight French nationals and their two Argentine pilots died when two helicopters collided in La Rioja province in the country’s north-west. Yachtswoman Florence Arthaud, Olympic swimmer Camille Muffat and Olympic boxer Alexis Vastine all perished. Both helicopters were involved in ...

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Chad and Niger armies take two towns from Boko Haram

Troops from Chad and Niger have taken two northeastern Nigerian towns and left some 200 Boko Haram fighters dead, a Chadian security source has said. Boko Haram had held the towns of Malam Fatouri and Damasak near the Niger border since November. Ten Chadian soldiers were killed in the offensive that began on Sunday, the source told AFP news agency ...

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YouTube has a new app just for kids

Google is releasing a sanitized YouTube app just for kids. Called YouTube Kids, the mobile app only plays age-appropriate videos and has a simplified design that even young children who can’t read will be able to navigate. The app, which will carry ads, is available in the U.S. for Android and iOS devices. YouTube says it has seen nearly 200% ...

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Boston bombing victim 'locked eyes with killer'

A man who lost his legs in the Boston Marathon bombings has testified that he locked eyes with one of the bombers just before the attack. In the second day of the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Jeff Bauman said he met the gaze of the bomber’s older brother, who was not watching the race. Mr Tsarnaev is on trial for ...

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South Korea US envoy Lippert 'well' after knife attack

A militant Korean nationalist has slashed the face of the US ambassador to South Korea at a breakfast meeting in Seoul, but the envoy was not seriously hurt. Mark Lippert, 42, was also cut on his left hand, with blood spattered over the breakfast table. Security officers subdued the attacker, one pinning him down with a shoe on his neck, ...

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Ebola outbreak: Liberia has no new cases for a week

The country has to have no new cases for 42 days to be declared Ebola-free. In their latest assessment of the epidemic, WHO officials also warned that disease surveillance “may not be optimal” in Liberia because of the low number of samples. They say that some communities are still resisting pleas to bring infected family members to treatment centres. Only ...

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