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Thai king strips consort of titles for 'disloyalty' Thai king strips consort of titles for 'disloyalty'
Thailand's King Vajiralongkorn has stripped his royal consort of her rank and titles for "misbehaviour and disloyalty against the monarch". An official announcement said Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi had been "ambitious" and tried to "elevate herself to the same state as the queen". "The royal consort's behaviours were considered disrespectful," it said. She was appointed in July, just two mon...
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Turkey's Erdogan vows to 'crush heads' of Kurdish fighters Turkey's Erdogan vows to 'crush heads' of Kurdish fighters
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that Turkey will "crush the heads" of Kurdish fighters if they do not withdraw from a planned safe zone area in northern Syria. Turkey agreed on Thursday to suspend an offensive for five days to allow the Kurds to retreat from the area. But on Saturday both sides accused the other of violating the ceasefire. Ankara views the Kurdish forces as te...
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Brexit: Marathon makes EU eager to reach finish line Brexit: Marathon makes EU eager to reach finish line
The twists and turns of Brexit - after more than three years of negotiations - dominate an EU summit on Thursday, amid signs of an emerging deal. Intensive negotiations went on all day on Wednesday to nail down complex special arrangements for Northern Ireland, the main sticking point in the UK's exit from the EU. The threat of a no-deal Brexit at the end of this month energised both sides. ...
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Chaos as Hong Kong's Carrie Lam tries to give 'state of the union' Chaos as Hong Kong's Carrie Lam tries to give 'state of the union'
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam was forced to suspend her annual address after being heckled in the city's parliament. Opposition lawmakers disrupted the session from the start by shouting and projecting slogans. After a first interruption, the session briefly resumed to only be interrupted again. It was then adjourned a second time - with the address delivered by pre-recorded video instead. ...
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Violent clashes erupt as Spanish court jails Catalonia leaders Violent clashes erupt as Spanish court jails Catalonia leaders
Protests have erupted in Barcelona after Spain's Supreme Court sentenced nine Catalan separatist leaders to between nine and 13 years in prison. The separatists were convicted of sedition over their role in an illegal independence referendum in 2017. Another three were found guilty of disobedience and fined, but not jailed. All 12 defendants denied the charges. Large crowds of pro-indepen...
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Typhoon Hagibis: Japan deploys military rescuers as deadly storm hits Typhoon Hagibis: Japan deploys military rescuers as deadly storm hits
Japan has deployed tens of thousands of troops and rescue workers after one of the strongest storms in years hit, killing at least 23 people. Typhoon Hagibis made landfall south of Tokyo on Saturday, moving north and bringing severe flooding. Seventeen people are missing from the storm, public broadcaster NHK said. In central Nagano prefecture, water surrounded Japan's famous bullet train...
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Nobel Peace Prize: Ethiopia PM Abiy Ahmed wins Nobel Peace Prize: Ethiopia PM Abiy Ahmed wins
The 2019 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed who made peace last year with bitter foe Eritrea. He was awarded the prize for his efforts to "achieve peace and international cooperation". Mr Abiy's peace deal with Eritrea ended a 20-year military stalemate following their 1998-2000 border war. He was named as the winner of the 100th Nobel Peace Prize in...
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Manila transport crisis: Commuters outraged by 'leave earlier' advice Manila transport crisis: Commuters outraged by 'leave earlier' advice
The Filipino president's spokesman has been criticised for dismissing commuters' concerns in Manila - one of the world's most gridlocked cities. Train breakdowns and worsening traffic have put commuters on edge. But Salvador Panelo - Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman - told commuters if they wanted to arrive earlier, they should set off earlier. That led to many frustrated Filipinos accusing Mr...
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Canada election: key moments from the leaders' debate Canada election: key moments from the leaders' debate
For the first time in this campaign, all Canada's main party leaders were on stage together in what is likely to have been the most watched TV debate in this federal election campaign. So the stakes were high. It was a crowded stage - the most leaders at one debate in Canadian political history: Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, Green...
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Paris police killings: Attacker showed signs of 'radicalisation' Paris police killings: Attacker showed signs of 'radicalisation'
A man who stabbed four people to death at police headquarters in Paris adhered to a radical version of Islam, anti-terrorist prosecutors say. MickaŽl Harpon had contact with members of the Salafist movement, prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard said. He had exchanged text messages of a religious nature with his wife before Thursday's attack, the prosecutor said. He also defended the deadly 201...
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