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INF nuclear treaty: Nato 'to avoid arms race' after US-Russia pact ends INF nuclear treaty: Nato 'to avoid arms race' after US-Russia pact ends
Nato will aim to avoid a new arms race with Russia, its secretary general says, after the US formally withdrew from a key nuclear treaty with Moscow. Both Jens Stoltenberg and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have blamed Russia for the Cold War treaty's collapse. Nato and the US accuse Russia of violating the pact by deploying a new type of missile, which Russia denies. The Intermediate-...
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Saudi Arabia allows women to travel independently Saudi Arabia allows women to travel independently
Women in Saudi Arabia can now travel abroad without a male guardian's permission, royal decrees say. The new rule announced on Friday allows women over the age of 21 to apply for a passport without authorisation, putting them on an equal footing to men. Women are also being granted the right to register childbirth, marriage or divorce. The decision follows a series of high profile attempt...
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Russian army ordered to tackle massive wildfires Russian army ordered to tackle massive wildfires
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the army to help tackle massive wildfires raging in Siberia and other regions in the east. The decision was taken after Mr Putin was briefed on the growing crisis by the head of the emergencies ministry. About three million hectares (7.4 million acres) have been affected, in what Greenpeace is describing as an "ecological catastrophe". Many loc...
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Princess Haya: Dubai ruler and wife begin London court battle Princess Haya: Dubai ruler and wife begin London court battle
The ruler of Dubai, one of the most high-profile leaders in the Middle East, and his estranged wife are beginning a court battle in London over the welfare of their children. Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum's wife, Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein, is the third female member of his court to run away from the United Arab Emirates. This month she was reported to be in hiding in London in fear for her ...
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Brazil jail riot in Para state leaves 52 dead as gangs fight Brazil jail riot in Para state leaves 52 dead as gangs fight
At least 52 people have been killed in a prison riot in Brazil which saw rival gangs battle for five hours, officials say. Gang members from one prison block invaded another part of Altamira jail in Pará state, local media reported. Officials giving a news conference said 16 of the dead were decapitated - the remainder suffocated after part of the prison was set on fire. Two prison office...
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Russia protests: Thousand arrests at Moscow rally Russia protests: Thousand arrests at Moscow rally
Police in Moscow have detained more than 1,000 people at a rally, in one of the biggest crackdowns in years. Demonstrators were dragged away from the city hall as security forces used batons against the crowd. People were protesting against the exclusion of opposition candidates from local polls. The opposition say they were barred for political reasons. Some of the candidates banned from...
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Europe heatwave: Paris latest to break record with 42.6C Europe heatwave: Paris latest to break record with 42.6C
Paris saw a record high temperature of 42.6C (108.7F) on Thursday, amid a heatwave that broke records across Western Europe. A red alert was issued in north France. Germany also set a new national temperature record of 41.5C, passing the figure set just a day before. The UK recorded a record temperature for July of 38.1C, with trains told to run more slowly to stop rails buckling. The Net...
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Boris Johnson wins race to be Tory leader and PM Boris Johnson wins race to be Tory leader and PM
Boris Johnson has been elected new Conservative leader in a ballot of party members and will become the next UK prime minister. He beat Jeremy Hunt comfortably, winning 92,153 votes to his rival's 46,656. The former London mayor takes over from Theresa May on Wednesday. In his victory speech, Mr Johnson promised he would "deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn". Spe...
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Iran tanker seizure: UK 'didn't take eye off ball', Hammond says Iran tanker seizure: UK 'didn't take eye off ball', Hammond says
The UK government did not take its "eye off the ball" over the seizure of a UK-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf on Friday, the chancellor told the BBC. Philip Hammond said the UK has been working closely with US and European partners in response to Iran's actions. But ex-Tory party leader Iain Duncan Smith said the Stena Impero's capture was a "major failure" for the UK. Iran's foreign mini...
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British Airways flights to Cairo cancelled British Airways flights to Cairo cancelled
British Airways has cancelled all flights to the Egyptian capital Cairo for a week as a security "precaution". Passengers about to board a BA flight to the city from London's Heathrow Airport were told that it was cancelled - and that there would be no alternative flights for a week. The airline did not specify what the security issue was. A spokesman for Cairo airport told the BBC the ai...
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