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Australia fires: Heavy rains hit some blaze-hit regions Australia fires: Heavy rains hit some blaze-hit regions
Heavy rains and thunderstorms have lashed parts of Australia's east coast, dousing some of its fires but bringing a new threat of flooding to some areas. There have been downpours in the states of Victoria, New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland, which have all been badly hit by the bushfire crisis. Major roads were closed in Queensland and power cuts were reported in parts of NSW as a result ...
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Iran plane crash: Khamenei defends military in rare address Iran plane crash: Khamenei defends military in rare address
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has defended the country's military after it admitted shooting down a passenger plane by mistake. He said the Revolutionary Guard - the elite unit responsible for the disaster - "maintained the security" of Iran. Widespread protests and criticism from abroad have put growing pressure on Iran over its handling of the incident. But the ayatollah ...
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Iran plane downing: Person who filmed video 'arrested' Iran plane downing: Person who filmed video 'arrested'
Iran says it has arrested the person who filmed the footage showing a Ukrainian passenger plane being shot down by a missile. It is believed the person being detained will face charges related to national security. Flight PS752 was brought down after it took off from Tehran on Wednesday last week, killing all 176 people on board. Iran has said it was shot down by accident and announced th...
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Taal volcano: Lava spews as 'hazardous eruption' feared Taal volcano: Lava spews as 'hazardous eruption' feared
A volcano in the Philippines has begun spewing lava, as authorities warn that a "hazardous eruption" is possible "within hours or days". In the early hours of Monday weak lava began flowing out of Taal volcano - located some 70km (45 miles) south of the capital Manila. It comes after it emitted a huge plume of ash, triggering the mass evacuation of 8,000 people from the area. Taal is the ...
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Chinese province: Just 17 of our 80m people now live in poverty Chinese province: Just 17 of our 80m people now live in poverty
A Chinese province has said just 17 people, out of its population of more than 80 million, are living in poverty. Jiangsu province said only a handful of people lived below its benchmark of 6,000 yuan a year ($863; £660) following a successful state campaign. But the figures were questioned online, with one person asking: "I don't believe it. Are there no unemployed people in the province? N...
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Prince Harry and Meghan: Royal Family 'hurt' as couple begin 'next chapter' Prince Harry and Meghan: Royal Family 'hurt' as couple begin 'next chapter'
The Royal Family are said to be "hurt" at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's announcement they will step back as senior royals. Prince Harry and Meghan did not consult any senior royal before making the statement, the BBC understands. Buckingham Palace was "blindsided", said BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond, as talks about their future had begun but were in very early stages. The Palace...
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Ukraine International Airlines plane crashes in Iran, killing all 176 aboard, state TV reports Ukraine International Airlines plane crashes in Iran, killing all 176 aboard, state TV reports
TEHRAN, Iran Ė A Ukrainian airplane carrying 176 people crashed on Wednesday shortly after takeoff from Tehranís main airport, killing all aboard, state TV reported. The plane had taken off from Imam Khomeini International Airport in the Iranian capital when a fire struck one of its engines, said Qassem Biniaz, a spokesman for Iranís Road and Transportation Ministry. The pilot of the aircraft t...
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Soleimani: Iranians flock to hometown for commander's burial Soleimani: Iranians flock to hometown for commander's burial
Huge numbers of black-clad mourners have turned out to pay their final respects to Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani ahead of his burial. Soleimani was assassinated in a US drone strike in Iraq on Friday, on the orders of President Donald Trump. His body has now arrived in his hometown of Kerman in south-eastern Iran, where he is being buried on Tuesday morning. Large crowds alre...
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Soleimani: General's daughter warns US of 'dark day' Soleimani: General's daughter warns US of 'dark day'
The daughter of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani warned the US faces a "dark day" for his death as his funeral began in Tehran. Soleimani was assassinated in a US drone strike in Iraq on Friday. Speaking to crowds in Iran's capital, Zeinab Soleimani warned the US president "Crazy Trump, don't think that everything is over with my father's martyrdom," she said. Iran has vowed sev...
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Australia fires: Troops called to tackle fires Australia fires: Troops called to tackle fires
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced 3,000 reserve troops will be deployed to help tackle raging bushfires across the country. Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said this is the first time this has happened in Australia's history. Temperatures have surpassed 40C (104F) in parts of south-east Australia. Officials had warned that Saturday was set to be a "dangerous day". Sin...
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