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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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Hong Kong protests: Police fire tear gas at activists Hong Kong protests: Police fire tear gas at activists
Hong Kong police have fired tear gas at protesters who are demonstrating for the ninth weekend in a row. Groups rallied in the Mong Kok district before starting their march. They called on others to join a city-wide strike planned for Monday. Beijing and the Chinese army have issued stern warnings about the unrest. Two months of demonstrations sparked by a controversial extradition bill s...
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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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