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Gran Canaria: Wildfires displace 4,000 on holiday island Gran Canaria: Wildfires displace 4,000 on holiday island
Around 4,000 people have been evacuated as wildfires rips through Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. The fire, which started on Saturday, is advancing on two fronts in a mountainous area of the island. Ten planes and helicopters, as well as about 700 firefighters on the ground including 200 from the military, are fighting the flames. Efforts to tackle the fires are being hampered by high...
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Nigerian government ordered to pay $9bn to private gas firm Nigerian government ordered to pay $9bn to private gas firm
A British judge has ordered the Nigerian government to pay $9bn in assets to a small private company. The firm, P&ID, had reached a deal with the Nigerian government in 2010 to build a natural gas plant - but the deal fell through two years later. P&ID then sued the government for failing to provide the gas or install the pipelines it had promised to build. The firm was first awarded $6.6...
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Iran oil tanker: Gibraltar orders release of Grace 1 Iran oil tanker: Gibraltar orders release of Grace 1
Gibraltar has freed an Iranian oil tanker detained last month on suspicion of sanctions-busting, despite a last-minute plea by the US authorities. The UK territory received written assurances from Iran that the ship would not discharge its cargo in Syria. Grace 1, carrying Iranian oil, was stopped by Royal Marines on 4 July, triggering a standoff with Tehran. Gibraltar's chief justice, An...
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Hong Kong protests cripple airport for second day Hong Kong protests cripple airport for second day
Hong Kong International Airport saw chaotic scenes on a second consecutive day of massive anti-government protests that have paralysed one of Asia's key transport hubs. Squads of riot police arrived shortly before midnight after thousands of demonstrators again flooded the terminal buildings during the day. Flight departures were brought to a standstill amid scuffles. At least three men w...
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Moscow protests: Opposition rally 'largest since 2011' Moscow protests: Opposition rally 'largest since 2011'
Tens of thousands have attended Moscow's largest opposition rally since 2011, independent monitors say. Up to 60,000 people reportedly gathered in the rain to demand fair elections. The protest was officially authorised but dozens of people were arrested as they moved to other parts of the city, many outside President Vladimir Putin's offices in the city centre. Unauthorised rallies on th...
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Major power failure affects homes and transport Major power failure affects homes and transport
Nearly a million people have been affected by a major power cut across large areas of England and Wales, affecting homes and transport networks. National Grid said it was caused by issues with two power generators but the problem was now resolved. Blackouts were reported across the Midlands, the South East, South West and North East of England, and Wales. Trains were delayed and cancelled...
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China condemns Australian MP's Nazi Germany parallel China condemns Australian MP's Nazi Germany parallel
China has sharply rebuked an Australian government MP for comparing the West's approach to China to what he called the "catastrophic" failure to hold back Nazi Germany. Andrew Hastie, the head of a parliamentary security committee, said on Thursday that Australia was failing to recognise threats posed by China. Beijing said it deplored Mr Hastie's comments and his "Cold War mentality". Au...
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Zuleika Hassan: Kenyan MP with baby ordered to leave parliament Zuleika Hassan: Kenyan MP with baby ordered to leave parliament
Female MPs have walked out of Kenya's parliament in solidarity with a colleague who was ordered to leave because she had taken her baby. Zuleika Hassan said she had brought her five-month-old baby with her to work because of a domestic emergency and that parliament didn't have a creche. According to the house rules, "strangers" are not allowed into the chamber, children included. Some of ...
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China warns Hong Kong protesters not to 'play with fire' China warns Hong Kong protesters not to 'play with fire'
China has issued a strong warning to Hong Kong's protesters, saying their attempts "to play with fire will only backfire". A spokesman for China's top policy office on Hong Kong told protesters not to "underestimate the firm resolve [of] the central government". Hong Kong has seen nine consecutive weeks of anti-government protests. On Monday, a call for a general strike caused severe disr...
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Huge blasts as Russian arms depot in Siberia explodes Huge blasts as Russian arms depot in Siberia explodes
Thousands of people have been evacuated from villages around a military base in Siberia after a series of massive explosions at its ammunition store. At least eight people including service personnel were injured in the blasts near the town of Achinsk. Three of the injured were being treated in hospital. The depot reportedly contained tens of thousands of artillery shells. Witnesses poste...
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