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Saudi Arabia women hail end of driving ban. Saudi Arabia women hail end of driving ban.
Campaigners in Saudi Arabia have hailed King Salman's decree allowing women to drive for the first time. One female activist called it a "great victory", while another said things would "never be the same again". The country's US ambassador has described the move as "the right decision at the right time". The Gulf kingdom is the only country in the world that bans women from driving - and...
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Iraqi Kurdistan referendum: High turnout in independence vote. Iraqi Kurdistan referendum: High turnout in independence vote.
Large numbers of people have taken part in a landmark vote on independence for Iraq's Kurdistan region, amid growing opposition both at home and abroad. Votes are still being counted, with a big "yes" victory expected. Kurds say it will give them a mandate to negotiate secession, but Iraq's PM denounced it as "unconstitutional". Neighbours Turkey and Iran, fearing separatist unrest in the...
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Russia: Trump and Kim are like 'children in a kindergarten'. Russia: Trump and Kim are like 'children in a kindergarten'.
Russia's foreign minister has likened the war of words between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un to a kindergarten fight between children. The North Korean leader earlier labelled Mr Trump "mentally deranged" and a "dotard" after Mr Trump threatened to destroy his country. Mr Trump responded with a tweet calling Kim Jong-un "a madman" who "will be tested like never before!" Moscow's Sergei Lav...
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Mexico earthquake: Race to save children under collapsed school. Mexico earthquake: Race to save children under collapsed school.
Rescuers are racing against the clock to reach survivors trapped under the rubble of a school in Mexico City which collapsed during Tuesday's earthquake. One is a 12-year-old girl who is believed to be sheltering under a table, but rescuers say they do not know how to reach her. At least 21 children and five adults died as the school collapsed. It was one of dozens of buildings toppled by...
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Mexico earthquake: Children killed at collapsed primary school. Mexico earthquake: Children killed at collapsed primary school.
At least 21 children and five adults died at a primary school which collapsed in Mexico City during Tuesday's quake, the government says. The shallow, 7.1 magnitude quake killed at least 225 people in total and caused major damage across states in the centre of the country. Desperate searches for survivors under the rubble are continuing. Hopes rose at the school when a girl was located a...
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Iraqi forces 'attack last IS bastion on Syria border'. Iraqi forces 'attack last IS bastion on Syria border'.
Iraqi forces are reported to have launched an operation to recapture the last stronghold of so-called Islamic State in the country's western desert. A military source told the BBC that soldiers, Anbar provincial police and Sunni Arab tribal fighters began moving on the town of Ana on Tuesday morning. Their progress was slowed initially by dozens of booby-traps, the source said. Ana, 90km ...
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Parsons Green: Armed police search house over Tube bombing. Parsons Green: Armed police search house over Tube bombing.
Police have arrested an 18-year-old man on suspicion of a terror offence in connection with Friday's attack on a London Tube train. Armed police are searching a house in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey. The arrest is "very significant" and the terror threat level remains "critical", Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said. The man was arrested in the departure area of D...
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Rohingya crisis: Humanitarian situation catastrophic, UN says. Rohingya crisis: Humanitarian situation catastrophic, UN says.
Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar are facing a catastrophic humanitarian situation, according to the UN secretary general. Antonio Guterres said alleged attacks by security forces on Rohingya villagers were completely unacceptable. The army says it is fighting militants and denies targeting civilians. Later the UN Security Council called for urgent steps to end the violence. Some 379,000 Rohing...
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Catalan independence rally: Thousands gather in Barcelona. Catalan independence rally: Thousands gather in Barcelona.
Thousands of Catalans are thronging the streets of Barcelona to mark their national day - the "Diada" - and show support for an independence referendum. Catalonia's pro-independence government plans to hold the referendum on 1 October, defying Spain which deems it illegal. Catalonia has passed a law to secede from Spain if the vote is Yes. Opinion polls suggest the vote, if it takes place, w...
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Mexico earthquake: Rescue efforts continue as death toll rises. Mexico earthquake: Rescue efforts continue as death toll rises.
The race to rescue those trapped in the rubble continues, more than 24 hours after a powerful earthquake struck off Mexico's southern coast. The 8.1 magnitude quake left at least 61 people dead, according to officials. Another 200 people were injured, President Enrique Peña Nieto said, as he declared a national day of mourning. Meanwhile, the feared category one Hurricane Katia, which str...
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