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French election 2017: Who are the candidates? French election 2017: Who are the candidates?
Eleven candidates have joined the race for the French presidency, and the campaign is now in its final days ahead of the election on 23 April. There are four front-runners and, as none is likely to secure an outright majority, a run-off between the two leading candidates is now expected on 7 May. For the first time in 15 years, the far-right National Front has a realistic chance of winning t...
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Paris Champs Elysees attack: 'Angry Police Wives' protest against violence Paris Champs Elysees attack: 'Angry Police Wives' protest against violence
More than 100 wives and partners of police have protested in Paris against attacks on police following the killing of an officer on the Champs Elysees. The Angry Police Wives group marched through the city two days after Xavier Jugelé was shot twice in the head by convicted criminal Karim Cheurfi. Separately, police fired tear gas amid confrontations after a trade union demonstration in east...
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Dozens of Afghan troops dead in Taliban base attack Dozens of Afghan troops dead in Taliban base attack
At least 50 Afghan soldiers have been killed in an attack by Taliban insurgents on a military base in northern Balkh province, military officials say. Reports say the number of casualties is far higher than the eight deaths initially reported. The military say that Friday's attack took place near a mosque at the base, located in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif. The Taliban said in a statement ...
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French election: Candidates turn fire on EU in last TV pitch French election: Candidates turn fire on EU in last TV pitch
Marine Le Pen has called for France to take back powers from the EU, saying she wants to "give back to the French the keys of the house". The far-right leader, one of 11 candidates standing for the French presidency, is taking part in the race's final set-piece TV encounter. Speaking earlier, radical leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon said the EU must change or France would leave. Each candidate ...
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France arrests over 'pre-election attack plot' France arrests over 'pre-election attack plot'
Five days before the first round of France's presidential election, two men have been arrested on suspicion of planning an imminent attack. The suspects, aged 23 and 29, were detained in Marseille by elite police and domestic intelligence agents after a search that had lasted several days. Both men are French citizens said to have been radicalised in prison. France remains under a state o...
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North Korea 'will test missiles weekly', senior official tells North Korea 'will test missiles weekly', senior official tells
North Korea will continue to test missiles, a senior official has told the BBC in Pyongyang, despite international condemnation and growing military tensions with the US. "We'll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis," Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryol told the BBC's John Sudworth. He said that an "all-out war" would result if the US took military action. ...
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Turkey referendum: PM claims win as count continues Turkey referendum: PM claims win as count continues
The Turkish prime minister has claimed victory in the referendum to grant President Recep Tayyip Erdogan new powers, based on unofficial results. Binali Yildirim was speaking as the count neared completion. With about 99% of ballots counted, "Yes" was on about 51.3% and "No" on about 48.7%. Erdogan supporters say replacing the parliamentary system with an executive presidency would modernise...
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Syria war: Huge bomb kills dozens of evacuees in Syria Syria war: Huge bomb kills dozens of evacuees in Syria
A huge car bomb has blasted a convoy of coaches carrying evacuees from besieged government-held towns in Syria, killing at least 39 people. It shattered coaches and set cars on fire, leaving a trail of bodies including children, as the convoy waited in rebel territory near Aleppo. There are fears of revenge attacks on a convoy of evacuees from rebel-held towns, being moved under a deal. B...
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China fears North Korea-US conflict 'at any moment' China fears North Korea-US conflict 'at any moment'
China has warned that "conflict could break out at any moment" as tension over North Korea increases. Foreign Minister Wang Yi said if war occurred there could be no winner. Mr Wang's comments come as the US voices increasing concern at North Korea's development of nuclear weapons and deploys a Navy carrier group off the Korean peninsula. China, North Korea's only backer, fears conflict c...
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Dortmund explosions: 'Islamist' suspect held over team bus attack Dortmund explosions: 'Islamist' suspect held over team bus attack
German police have detained a suspect with "Islamist links" following a bomb attack on the bus of the Borussia Dortmund football team. Prosecutors also said the three explosive devices contained metal pieces. Two letters claiming the attack on Tuesday evening were being investigated, they said. Prosecutors are treating the blasts as a terrorist attack but say the precise motive is unclear...
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