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Indonesia election: More than 270 election staff die counting votes Indonesia election: More than 270 election staff die counting votes
More than 270 election workers in Indonesia have died, mostly of fatigue-related illnesses caused by long hours of work counting millions of ballot papers by hand, an official says. Arief Priyo Susanto, spokesman of the General Elections Commission (KPU), said 1,878 other staff had fallen ill. Some seven million people were helping count and monitor the 17 April vote. Staff were expected ...
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Cyclone Kenneth: East Africa residents brace for deadly storm Cyclone Kenneth: East Africa residents brace for deadly storm
Residents in Tanzania and Mozambique are bracing for the touchdown of Cyclone Kenneth - which is barrelling towards land with winds of 205km/h (125mph) and torrential rain. Communities in the southern Tanzanian region of Mtwara and in northern Mozambique are being warned to seek higher ground and shelter. UN officials say they fear it could mean a "humanitarian catastrophe". Last month, C...
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Saudi prisoner 'executed and crucified' Saudi prisoner 'executed and crucified'
A Saudi prisoner has been executed and crucified, according to a statement by the country's state media. The man was one of 37 people executed on Tuesday on charges of terrorism. The statement added that the men were charged with "adopting terrorist extremist ideology, forming terrorist cells" and harming the "peace and security of society". One of the men executed was aged just 16 at the...
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UAE woman wakes up after 27 years in a coma UAE woman wakes up after 27 years in a coma
A woman from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who was seriously injured in a traffic accident in 1991 has made a seemingly miraculous recovery after emerging from a 27-year-long coma. Munira Abdulla, who was aged 32 at the time of the accident, suffered a severe brain injury after the car she was travelling in collided with a bus on the way to pick up her son from school. Omar Webair, who was ...
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Sri Lanka attacks: 'International network' linked to bombings Sri Lanka attacks: 'International network' linked to bombings
A wave of bombings that killed 290 people in Sri Lanka on Sunday was carried out with the support of an international network, officials said. The government has blamed a little-known local jihadist group, National Thowheed Jamath, although no-one has yet admitted carrying out the bombings. Another 500 people were injured in the suicide attacks on churches and hotels. Police arrested 24 p...
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Ukraine presidential rivals trade barbs in stadium debate Ukraine presidential rivals trade barbs in stadium debate
Ukraine's rival presidential candidates have held a long-awaited head-to-head televised debate at Kiev's giant Olympic stadium. Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky and incumbent president Petro Poroshenko shook hands before launching scathing attacks on one another. Mr Zelensky is the clear favourite for Sunday's second-round vote, polls say. But Mr Poroshenko argues that he is a political novice...
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'Shrouded in secrecy': Saudi women activists' trial hearing delayed 'Shrouded in secrecy': Saudi women activists' trial hearing delayed
A court in Saudi Arabia has postponed a hearing in the trial of several of the country's most prominent women's rights activists, officials say. Some relatives were told that the judge had delayed the session for "private reasons", Reuters news agency said. The women were arrested last May and charged with offences including spying. They had been campaigning for an end to the country's ma...
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Jet Airways temporarily suspends all flights Jet Airways temporarily suspends all flights
Troubled Indian airline Jet Airways has temporarily suspended all its domestic and international flights after failing to find fresh funding. The airline said its last flight would operate on Wednesday as it was not able to pay for fuel and other critical services. Jet Airways said it had no choice but to suspend the flights, but hopes to start flying again. It has $1.2bn (£900m) debt and...
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Notre-Dame fire: Cathedral saved within crucial half hour Notre-Dame fire: Cathedral saved within crucial half hour
Saving France's 850-year-old Notre-Dame cathedral came down to a crucial time window of 15-30 minutes, France's deputy interior minister has said. Laurent Nuñez praised the "courage and determination" of firefighters who "risked their own lives" to salvage the building's stone structure and its two towers. The fire ravaged the cathedral's roof and caused its spire to collapse. French Pres...
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Notre-Dame cathedral: Firefighters tackle blaze in Paris Notre-Dame cathedral: Firefighters tackle blaze in Paris
A fire has broken out at the famous Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris and has spread rapidly across the building. The cause is not yet clear, but officials say that it could be linked to renovation work. A major operation to tackle the blaze is under way at the 850-year-old Gothic building, but the cathedral's spire and roof have collapsed. Last year, the Catholic Church in France appealed fo...
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