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PM says voting for anti-immigration SD is 'dangerous' PM says voting for anti-immigration SD is 'dangerous'
Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has begun the final day of the general election campaign by warning about extremism and fascism. Neither his centre-left Social Democrats nor the main centre-right party is likely to win a majority. The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats (SD) is expected to win around 20% of the vote, becoming the second biggest party in parliament. Mr Lofven said an S...
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Syria war: Russia rejects Turkey's calls for Idlib truce Syria war: Russia rejects Turkey's calls for Idlib truce
Russian President Vladimir Putin has rejected Turkey's calls for a truce to prevent a "bloodbath" in north Syria. At a trilateral meeting with Iran and Turkey, Mr Putin said Russia would continue its fight against "terrorists" in Idlib province. Idlib is the Syrian opposition's last major stronghold, with almost three million residents. Syrian military forces, backed by Russia and Iran, a...
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Japan hit by deadly earthquake and mudslides Japan hit by deadly earthquake and mudslides
Japan's northern island of Hokkaido has been hit by a powerful earthquake, triggering landslides that engulfed houses. At least nine people have been killed and about 40 are missing, say local media reports. The magnitude 6.7 quake cut power to around three million homes after a thermal power plant was damaged. The earthquake comes on the heels of a deadly typhoon lashing the west of Japa...
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Emirates airline: Passengers sick on Dubai-New York flight Emirates airline: Passengers sick on Dubai-New York flight
Nineteen people have been taken ill after an Emirates airline plane landed in New York, officials say. The plane was quarantined at JFK airport as those on board were checked by health officials. Ten were taken to hospital but others refused treatment. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that initially about 100 people including some crew had complained of illness. ...
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Japan's strongest typhoon in 25 years kills at least six Japan's strongest typhoon in 25 years kills at least six
Japan has been hit by its strongest typhoon in 25 years, causing at least six deaths and 160 injuries. Typhoon Jebi made landfall in western areas, bringing heavy rain and reports of winds up to 172km/h (107mph). In Osaka Bay it swept a tanker into a bridge and in Kyoto parts of a railway station roof came down. Officials ordered more than a million people in affected areas to evacuate th...
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Ukraine crisis: Blast kills top Donetsk rebel Zakharchenko Ukraine crisis: Blast kills top Donetsk rebel Zakharchenko
A key leader of Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine has been killed in an explosion at a cafe he owned in Donetsk city, sources in the rebel administration there say. Alexander Zakharchenko's death was reported by rebel news agency DNR. Ukrainians suspected of being behind the blast were arrested nearby, a security source was quoted as saying. But it had been widely reported tha...
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Syria Idlib: UN warns of threat to civilians if new offensive begins Syria Idlib: UN warns of threat to civilians if new offensive begins
The UN envoy to Syria has warned of a "perfect storm" in north-west Syria if the government goes ahead with its threatened offensive against rebels. Staffan de Mistura called for humanitarian corridors to be set up to allow civilians to be evacuated temporarily. With rebels defeated in most of Syria, such an offensive could prove to be the last big battle of the civil war. Russia, the gov...
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Wiesbaden in Germany removes gold statue of Turkey's President Erdogan Wiesbaden in Germany removes gold statue of Turkey's President Erdogan
The German city of Wiesbaden has removed a 4m (13ft) golden statue of Turkey's president after it was defaced with the words "Turkish Hitler". The statue of Recep Tayyip Erdogan was installed in a square as part of Wiesbaden's Biennale arts festival. Organisers said they had hoped it would spark discussions linked to this year's theme - "bad news". Instead, it prompted conflict between Mr...
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Russia war games: Biggest since Cold War 'justified' Russia war games: Biggest since Cold War 'justified'
Russia plans to hold massive war games involving 300,000 personnel next month - its biggest military manoeuvres since a Cold War drill in 1981. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Vostok-2018 drills were justified given "aggressive and unfriendly" attitudes towards his country. Units from China and Mongolia will also take part in the exercises at military ranges in central and eastern R...
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Germany migrants: Protesters face off in Chemnitz Germany migrants: Protesters face off in Chemnitz
Several people have been injured as police in the east German city of Chemnitz try to keep apart rival protests over a murder on Sunday. Far-right activists gathered in the centre for a second day as a Syrian and an Iraqi remained under arrest on suspicion of Sunday's deadly stabbing. Anti-Nazi activists rallied just metres away, accusing the far right of using the death for political ends. ...
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