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Argentine 11-year-old's C-section sparks abortion debate Argentine 11-year-old's C-section sparks abortion debate
News that doctors performed a caesarean section on an 11-year-old rape victim has reignited a debate on Argentina's abortion rules. The girl became pregnant after being raped by her grandmother's 65-year-old partner and had requested an abortion. However, her request was delayed by almost five weeks, and some doctors refused to carry out the procedure. Eventually doctors carried out a C-s...
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Cairo station fire: Train crash causes deadly blaze Cairo station fire: Train crash causes deadly blaze
At least 25 people have been killed and 50 injured after a train crash sparked a large fire at Cairo's main railway station, Egyptian state media say. The train hit a buffer stop near the end of a busy platform at Ramses Station, which is in the city centre. The collision caused the train's fuel tank to explode, setting the platform and nearby buildings alight. The cause of the crash is n...
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French Islamic State accused handed over to face trial in Iraq French Islamic State accused handed over to face trial in Iraq
Thirteen French citizens accused of fighting for the Islamic State group are to be tried in Iraq rather than face charges back home in France. Iraqi President Barham Saleh said the 13 were handed over by Syrian Kurdish forces last month. French President Emmanuel Macron declined to comment, saying it was a sovereign matter for Iraq. The news comes as several Western countries struggle wit...
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Bangladesh plane 'hijacker' shot dead by special forces Bangladesh plane 'hijacker' shot dead by special forces
A passenger suspected of attempting to hijack a flight from Bangladesh to Dubai has been shot dead by Bangladeshi special forces, local media report. The suspect, who reportedly warned he had a pistol, was killed when security forces stormed the plane after it made an emergency landing in Chittagong. All 148 passengers and crew on board the Biman Bangladesh Airlines Flight BG147 disembarked ...
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Venezuela crisis: Maduro to close border with Brazil Venezuela crisis: Maduro to close border with Brazil
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has announced he is closing the border with Brazil on Thursday night as a row over foreign humanitarian aid continues. The embattled leftist leader went on TV to say that he was also considering shutting the border with Colombia to stop the opposition bringing in relief. He denies any crisis and calls the aid delivery plans a US-orchestrated show. Oppos...
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Bangladesh fire: Blaze kills dozens in Dhaka historic district Bangladesh fire: Blaze kills dozens in Dhaka historic district
A fast-moving fire swept through a historic district of Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, killing at least 78 people, officials say. The blaze broke out at night in a residential building that had flammable material stored on the ground floor. Members of a bridal party are thought to be among the victims. It is not yet clear what started the fire. The centuries-old Chawkbazar district has narr...
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Crans-Montana: Rescuers hunt for skiers in Swiss avalanche Crans-Montana: Rescuers hunt for skiers in Swiss avalanche
At least four people have been injured, one seriously, in an avalanche in a popular ski resort in the Swiss Alps. The avalanche was reported at a marked slope in Crans-Montana at about 14:20 local time (13:20 GMT). Officials have said that 240 rescuers are continuing to search the scene overnight. Police have said they cannot discount the possibility that others still may be affected, aft...
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Niger man deported by Israel marooned in Ethiopian airport Niger man deported by Israel marooned in Ethiopian airport
A Niger national who was expelled from Israel has been stuck at the international airport in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, since November after his home country refused to take him back. "I have been staying here at the airport under very bad conditions because there's nothing, nothing at all," 24-year-old Eissa Muhamad told the BBC. Mr Muhamad's series of misfortunes began last April whe...
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Australian political parties hit by 'state actor' hack, PM says Australian political parties hit by 'state actor' hack, PM says
Australian PM Scott Morrison says the country's major political parties and parliament were hit by a "malicious intrusion" on their computer networks. The activity was carried out by a "sophisticated state actor", he said. But he added there was "no evidence of any electoral interference". The nation will hold an election within months. Mr Morrison's comments follow an investigation into ...
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Spain PM Sánchez sets snap election for April Spain PM Sánchez sets snap election for April
Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has called a snap general election for 28 April, after Catalan nationalist MPs withdrew support for the Socialist government's budget. It is just eight months since Mr Sánchez took office, heading a minority government reliant on Catalan support. Opinion polls suggest that no single party would win a clear majority. But conservatives and the far-right Vox...
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