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Asian Games: Indonesia police kill dozens in criminal crackdown Asian Games: Indonesia police kill dozens in criminal crackdown
Indonesian police have fatally shot dozens of "petty criminals" in the lead up the 2018 Asian Games, rights group Amnesty International says. The group condemned the deaths, calling for an investigation into the "shoot first and ask questions later policy". At least 77 people have reportedly been shot dead since January, Amnesty said, with 31 deaths in police raids meant to clean up host cit...
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Genoa bridge collapse: 'Miracle escape' stories emerge Genoa bridge collapse: 'Miracle escape' stories emerge
Hair-raising stories of narrow escapes from the Italian motorway bridge collapse have emerged, two days after the disaster in Genoa. A salesman was saved by firefighters after his falling van got caught in the wreckage of the bridge, while his companion plunged to his death. At least 38 people died and 15 were injured when the bridge fell. Between 10 and 20 people may still be missing und...
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Yemen war: Mass funeral held for children killed in bus attack Yemen war: Mass funeral held for children killed in bus attack
Thousands of people have gathered in Yemen for the funerals of dozens of children killed in a Saudi-led coalition attack on a bus last week. The mass burial took place in Saada, a northern stronghold of Houthi rebels. Crowds chanted in protest at Saudi Arabia, which backs the Yemeni government's fight against the group. The coalition initially said its actions were "legitimate", but later...
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French theme park deploys birds to collect litter French theme park deploys birds to collect litter
A theme park in France is set to deploy six "intelligent" birds to pick up rubbish and spruce up the grounds. The rooks at the Puy du Fou theme park in the west of the country have been taught to collect cigarette ends and other small bits of rubbish. They then deposit the litter into a small box which will deliver some bird food as a reward for their hard work. The first feathery cleaner...
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Romanian police clash with anti-government protesters Romanian police clash with anti-government protesters
Police have clashed with tens of thousands of anti-government protesters across Romania. Between 30,000 and 50,000 people, including many returning expats, turned out nationwide, media reports say. Protesters in the capital Bucharest threw bottles and paving slabs, while police used tear gas, pepper spray and even a water cannon. Around 100 protesters needed medical attention and 10 polic...
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Zimbabwe election crisis: MDC's Tendai Biti in court Zimbabwe election crisis: MDC's Tendai Biti in court
Zimbabwean opposition politician Tendai Biti has appeared in court in handcuffs on charges of inciting violence after he was deported from Zambia. Zambia's government rejected Mr Biti's request for asylum on Wednesday. Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Mr Biti had been released on bail following his intervention. Prosecutors accuse Mr Biti of fuelling illegal protests by reject...
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Thai cave rescue: Coach and boys given citizenship Thai cave rescue: Coach and boys given citizenship
Thailand has granted citizenship to the coach and three members of a football team dramatically rescued from a flooded cave last month. During their ordeal, it emerged that the boys and their coach were among around 480,000 stateless people living in the south-east Asian country. It prompted calls to fast-track their citizenship applications. The four were part of a 13-strong team, known ...
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DHS invests $20 million in border wall prototypes, fails to account for rough terrain. DHS invests $20 million in border wall prototypes, fails to account for rough terrain.
The Department of Homeland Security invested $20 million in the contest to build prototypes for President Trumpís border wall, only to discover that most of them were impractical for the tough terrain along the U.S.-Mexico line, the governmentís chief watchdog said Monday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the agency overseeing the project, also cut corners in deciding where to build the firs...
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anker truck fireball kills two and injures dozens anker truck fireball kills two and injures dozens
A tanker and a lorry have collided on a motorway on the outskirts of the northern Italian city of Bologna, causing a major fire and explosion. Images released by police show the tanker ploughing into the back of the lorry that had come to a stop in motorway traffic. They then caught fire, triggering a huge fireball, and the bridge they were on partly collapsed. Two people have died and at...
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Bangladesh students attacked during Dhaka protest Bangladesh students attacked during Dhaka protest
About 25 students have been injured in clashes in Bangladesh's capital on the seventh day of a youth protest about road safety, reports say. Thousands of pupils have been out on Dhaka's roads stopping traffic and checking vehicles and drivers. It is not clear who attacked them but local media blamed a student group linked to the ruling party. The protesters want improved road safety after...
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