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Saudi cinema screens reopen on 18 April 'with Black Panther' Saudi cinema screens reopen on 18 April 'with Black Panther'
Saudi Arabia's first cinema in more than 35 years will open on 18 April, showing the action movie Black Panther. It is part of a deal done with the world's biggest cinema chain, AMC, to open up to 40 cinemas in some 15 Saudi cities over the next five years. The past year has seen the start of a huge drive to bring entertainment to Saudi Arabia as part of Vision 2030. That is the ambitious...
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German food bank to reopen membership to foreigners after row German food bank to reopen membership to foreigners after row
A major food bank in western Germany has said it will again allow foreigners to register for free food, reversing a decision that sparked a row. The charity Essener Tafel said the restriction had always been a temporary one, needed because of the high proportion of foreigners being served. It said it would now focus on single parents, families with children and the elderly, regardless of nat...
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Afghanistan air strike 'kills civilians' at religious school Afghanistan air strike 'kills civilians' at religious school
An Afghan military air strike targeting the Taliban in northern Kunduz province is reported to have killed civilians. Eyewitnesses said that helicopters targeted a gathering at a religious school in Dasht-e Archi district. The government says at least 25 Islamists were killed or injured, but a doctor in Kunduz city told the BBC that more than 50 severely injured people were brought to his ho...
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Moscow official says West is trying to deny Russia World Cup Moscow official says West is trying to deny Russia World Cup
Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has accused the UK and US of seeking to stop her country hosting this summer's World Cup. Speaking in a lengthy interview with a Russian TV channel, she said their "main aim" was to "take the World Cup out of Russia". The UK has been seeking to punish Russia after accusing it of mounting a nerve agent attack in Britain. The Royal Family...
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Gaza-Israel border: Clashes 'leave 15 Palestinians dead and hundreds injured' Gaza-Israel border: Clashes 'leave 15 Palestinians dead and hundreds injured'
Palestinian officials say at least 15 people have been killed by Israeli forces and hundreds more wounded during protests at the Gaza-Israeli border. Thousands had marched to the border at the start of a six-week protest, dubbed the Great March of Return. The Israeli military said "rioting" had broken out at various places along the border and soldiers had opened fire "towards main instigato...
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Nicolas Sarkozy: France's ex-president to face corruption trial Nicolas Sarkozy: France's ex-president to face corruption trial
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is to face trial for corruption and influence peddling, prosecutors say. The case centres on an alleged attempt by Mr Sarkozy to get a judge to reveal information about an investigation into illegal funding of his 2007 campaign. The judge and Mr Sarkozy's lawyer have also been ordered to stand trial. They have all denied wrongdoing. Mr Sarkozy's tea...
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Poland signs $4.75bn deal to buy US Patriot missiles Poland signs $4.75bn deal to buy US Patriot missiles
Poland has signed an agreement to buy the Patriot missile defence system from the US, in a move that is likely to anger Russia. President Andrzej Duda said the "historic" $4.75bn (3.4bn) deal gave Poland "state-of-the-art" defences. It follows reports that Russia had permanently deployed nuclear-capable missile systems in its territory of Kaliningrad, which borders Poland. Ties between P...
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Kemerovo fire: Russia crowd condemns officials over disaster Kemerovo fire: Russia crowd condemns officials over disaster
Thousands of people are protesting in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, angry at Russian officials over the leisure complex fire that killed at least 64 people, 41 of them children. President Vladimir Putin arrived in Kemerovo earlier and blamed "criminal negligence" for Sunday's blaze. Relatives say as many as 85 people are still missing, most of them children, according to Interfax news agenc...
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Russia Kemerovo fire: Shopping centre exits 'were blocked' Russia Kemerovo fire: Shopping centre exits 'were blocked'
Russian investigators and witnesses say there was no alarm and exits were blocked when a fire engulfed a shopping and entertainment mall in Siberia, killing at least 64 people. Many of the victims in the coal-mining city of Kemerovo were children. Russia's Investigative Committee spoke of blocked exits and "serious violations" at the Winter Cherry mall. Sunday's blaze started on an upper ...
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Nigeria Dapchi abductions: Schoolgirls finally home Nigeria Dapchi abductions: Schoolgirls finally home
More than 100 Nigerian schoolgirls, most of those recently kidnapped by Boko Haram, have gone home to their families, four days after being freed. The jihadist group abducted the girls from the town of Dapchi in February. After their release from captivity and a brief emotional meeting with their parents, the schoolgirls were flown to the capital to meet the president. The girls - warned ...
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