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Saudi prisoner 'executed and crucified' Saudi prisoner 'executed and crucified'
A Saudi prisoner has been executed and crucified, according to a statement by the country's state media. The man was one of 37 people executed on Tuesday on charges of terrorism. The statement added that the men were charged with "adopting terrorist extremist ideology, forming terrorist cells" and harming the "peace and security of society". One of the men executed was aged just 16 at the...
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UAE woman wakes up after 27 years in a coma UAE woman wakes up after 27 years in a coma
A woman from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who was seriously injured in a traffic accident in 1991 has made a seemingly miraculous recovery after emerging from a 27-year-long coma. Munira Abdulla, who was aged 32 at the time of the accident, suffered a severe brain injury after the car she was travelling in collided with a bus on the way to pick up her son from school. Omar Webair, who was ...
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Sri Lanka attacks: 'International network' linked to bombings Sri Lanka attacks: 'International network' linked to bombings
A wave of bombings that killed 290 people in Sri Lanka on Sunday was carried out with the support of an international network, officials said. The government has blamed a little-known local jihadist group, National Thowheed Jamath, although no-one has yet admitted carrying out the bombings. Another 500 people were injured in the suicide attacks on churches and hotels. Police arrested 24 p...
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Ukraine presidential rivals trade barbs in stadium debate Ukraine presidential rivals trade barbs in stadium debate
Ukraine's rival presidential candidates have held a long-awaited head-to-head televised debate at Kiev's giant Olympic stadium. Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky and incumbent president Petro Poroshenko shook hands before launching scathing attacks on one another. Mr Zelensky is the clear favourite for Sunday's second-round vote, polls say. But Mr Poroshenko argues that he is a political novice...
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'Shrouded in secrecy': Saudi women activists' trial hearing delayed 'Shrouded in secrecy': Saudi women activists' trial hearing delayed
A court in Saudi Arabia has postponed a hearing in the trial of several of the country's most prominent women's rights activists, officials say. Some relatives were told that the judge had delayed the session for "private reasons", Reuters news agency said. The women were arrested last May and charged with offences including spying. They had been campaigning for an end to the country's ma...
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Jet Airways temporarily suspends all flights Jet Airways temporarily suspends all flights
Troubled Indian airline Jet Airways has temporarily suspended all its domestic and international flights after failing to find fresh funding. The airline said its last flight would operate on Wednesday as it was not able to pay for fuel and other critical services. Jet Airways said it had no choice but to suspend the flights, but hopes to start flying again. It has $1.2bn (£900m) debt and...
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Notre-Dame fire: Cathedral saved within crucial half hour Notre-Dame fire: Cathedral saved within crucial half hour
Saving France's 850-year-old Notre-Dame cathedral came down to a crucial time window of 15-30 minutes, France's deputy interior minister has said. Laurent Nuñez praised the "courage and determination" of firefighters who "risked their own lives" to salvage the building's stone structure and its two towers. The fire ravaged the cathedral's roof and caused its spire to collapse. French Pres...
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Notre-Dame cathedral: Firefighters tackle blaze in Paris Notre-Dame cathedral: Firefighters tackle blaze in Paris
A fire has broken out at the famous Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris and has spread rapidly across the building. The cause is not yet clear, but officials say that it could be linked to renovation work. A major operation to tackle the blaze is under way at the 850-year-old Gothic building, but the cathedral's spire and roof have collapsed. Last year, the Catholic Church in France appealed fo...
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Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp suffer outages Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp suffer outages
Social networks Facebook and Instagram, as well as messaging service WhatsApp, were unavailable on Sunday for more than three hours, users said. The website Down Detector reported that thousands of people globally had complained about the Facebook-owned trio being down from 11.30 BST onwards. Facebook users were presented with the message: "Something went wrong." At 14:50, the site said i...
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Military leader vows to 'uproot regime' Military leader vows to 'uproot regime'
The leader of Sudan's interim military council has vowed to "uproot the regime" two days after a military coup. Speaking on TV, Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan announced the restructuring of state institutions, the end of a night curfew and the release of political prisoners. Protests continue despite the ousting of long-time leader Omar al-Bashir. Demonstrators have demanded an im...
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