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Volodymyr Zelensky: Comedian-president calls snap election Volodymyr Zelensky: Comedian-president calls snap election
Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky announced a snap parliamentary election during his swearing-in as Ukraine's new president. The election was expected to take place in October 2019. But at the ceremony in Kiev Mr Zelensky said "I am dissolving the Verkhovna Rada (parliament)". He said ending the conflict with Russian-backed rebels in the east would be his top priority. A political novice, he ca...
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Egypt explosion: Tourists on bus injured near Giza pyramids Egypt explosion: Tourists on bus injured near Giza pyramids
An explosion targeting a tourist bus has injured at least 16 people near the Grand Egyptian Museum, next to the pyramids in Giza. South African tourists are among the injured. Most of those hurt suffered minor injuries, while three were treated in hospital, officials say. A device went off close to the museum fence as the bus was passing. It is not yet known who was behind the bombing but...
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Austria minister Heinz-Christian Strache resigns amid video scandal Austria minister Heinz-Christian Strache resigns amid video scandal
Austria's Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache has resigned a day after secret video footage mired him in a corruption scandal. The video appeared to show Mr Strache discussing government contracts with an alleged Russian investor in return for campaign support. He also appeared to hint at a potentially illegal donation system for the far-right Freedom Party he leads. He blamed his act...
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Taiwan gay marriage: Parliament legalises same-sex unions Taiwan gay marriage: Parliament legalises same-sex unions
Taiwan's parliament has become the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage following a vote on Friday. In 2017, the island's constitutional court ruled that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry. Parliament was given a two-year deadline and was required to pass the changes by 24 May. Lawmakers debated three different bills to legalise same-sex unions and the government's bil...
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Pentagon 'wanted to pay for Taliban travel expenses' Pentagon 'wanted to pay for Taliban travel expenses'
The Trump administration wanted to reimburse the Taliban for their expenses attending recent peace talks, according to a congressional aide. But a Capitol Hill committee denied the request to cover the militants' costs such as food and lodging, a lawmaker's spokesman told the BBC. It was rejected because it would have amounted to support for terrorists. The Pentagon confirmed it "requeste...
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Classic Ferrari worth millions stolen on test drive Classic Ferrari worth millions stolen on test drive
An opportunistic car "collector" used a test drive to make off with a Ferrari worth €2m (£1.7m; $2.2m). The suspect had expressed interest in buying a 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO, police in the German city of Düsseldorf say. He turned up by taxi to the dealership and two hours later, on a test drive, it was time to swap drivers. But when the seller stepped out of the car, the would-be buyer quic...
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Sri Lanka extends nationwide curfew after anti-Muslim riots Sri Lanka extends nationwide curfew after anti-Muslim riots
Sri Lanka has imposed a nationwide curfew for the second night in a row after a wave of anti-Muslim violence in the wake of the Easter bombings. A Muslim man was stabbed to death while rioters torched Muslim-owned shops and vandalised mosques during Monday's attacks. Police have arrested 60 people, including the leader of a far-right Buddhist group. The United Nations has called for calm ...
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Pilot in Myanmar lands plane without front wheels Pilot in Myanmar lands plane without front wheels
A Myanmar pilot safely landed a jet without front wheels after the landing gear failed to deploy. The Myanmar National Airlines plane skidded down the runway at Mandalay airport before grinding to a stop. The pilot of the Embraer 190 was praised for the landing, in which none of the 89 passengers was hurt. Captain Myat Moe Aung circled the airport twice to allow air traffic controllers to...
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French hostages praise rescue 'from hell' in Burkina Faso French hostages praise rescue 'from hell' in Burkina Faso
Two French tourists who were held hostage in Burkina Faso have thanked the French soldiers who "lost their lives to free us from this hell". Two French special forces soldiers died during the raid, which rescued four hostages and killed four kidnappers. "All our thoughts go out to the families of the soldiers and to the soldiers, said Laurent Lassimouillas, one of the French hostages. Two...
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French troops free hostages in Burkina Faso French troops free hostages in Burkina Faso
Four foreign hostages have been freed by French forces in the West African country of Burkina Faso, France says. Commanders launched the operation to rescue two French tourists snatched in neighbouring Benin earlier this month, before they could be handed over to militants in Mali. During the raid special forces found the kidnappers were also holding a US woman and a South Korean woman. T...
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