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Macedonia and Greece: Vote settles 27-year name row Macedonia and Greece: Vote settles 27-year name row
Greek MPs have voted narrowly to back a historic agreement with Macedonia, bringing to an end a 27-year dispute over its northern neighbour's name. Parliament in Athens agreed by 153 votes to 146 to approve the name Republic of North Macedonia, despite widespread opposition from the public. Thousands demonstrated outside parliament on Thursday night. Greece has rejected Macedonia's name s...
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Malaysia elects new king after unprecedented abdication Malaysia elects new king after unprecedented abdication
Malaysia has elected Sultan Abdullah of Pahang as its new king after the shock abdication of the previous monarch. Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan abdicated in January after just two years on the throne, a first in Malaysian history. Malaysia has an unusual constitutional monarchy, where the top job rotates between nine hereditary state rulers every five years. The king, known as the Yang d...
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Zimbabwe troops accused of 'systematic torture' of protesters Zimbabwe troops accused of 'systematic torture' of protesters
A government-appointed human rights group in Zimbabwe has accused soldiers of using "systematic torture" in a crackdown on protests. The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission strongly criticised authorities for using troops to quell demonstrations. Unrest broke out more than a week ago following a sharp rise in fuel prices. Reports have emerged of assaults allegedly carried out by the military...
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Zimbabwe president abandons Davos trip amid unrest Zimbabwe president abandons Davos trip amid unrest
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has broken off a trip to Europe after violent protests in his home country. Mr Mnangagwa had been due to attend the Davos economic summit where he was expected to seek investment for Zimbabwe. Ministers say the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) is using sharp fuel price increases as a pretext for violence. But the MDC accuses the autho...
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Syria war: Israeli jets target Iranian positions around Damascus Syria war: Israeli jets target Iranian positions around Damascus
Israel says it has hit Iranian targets around the Syrian capital, Damascus. The Israel Defense Forces says the overnight operation targeted the elite Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, as well as Syrian air defences. The Syrian military says it shot down most of the Israeli missiles. But a monitoring group reported that at least 11 pro-government fighters were killed. The IDF...
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Spain domestic violence: Trail of death shocks society Spain domestic violence: Trail of death shocks society
A man convicted of killing his wife is now believed to have murdered his defence lawyer, with whom he had been having an affair, before taking his own life on Friday. Jose Javier Salvador Calvo, 50, jumped from a bridge in the eastern town of Teruel when police confronted him. The case has shocked Spain, prompting debate about domestic violence laws. Reacting to the deaths, Prime Minister...
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Aiia Maasarwe: Arrest over killing of Israeli student in Melbourne Aiia Maasarwe: Arrest over killing of Israeli student in Melbourne
A man has been arrested over the killing of a 21-year-old Israeli student in Melbourne, Australian police say. The body of Aiia Maasarwe, 21, was found near La Trobe University in the city's north. She had taken a tram home late on Tuesday after a comedy show. She was attacked while speaking on the phone to her sister, authorities said. A 20-year-old man was arrested in a nearby suburb on...
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Kenya attack: 21 confirmed dead in DusitD2 hotel siege Kenya attack: 21 confirmed dead in DusitD2 hotel siege
At least 21 people were killed when Somali militants stormed a luxury hotel compound in Nairobi, Kenya's government has confirmed. Hundreds were forced to flee the bloodshed at the DusitD2 hotel and business complex on Tuesday. Some 28 injured people have been admitted to hospital, and Kenya's Red Cross said 19 are still missing. Somalia-based Islamist group al-Shabab said it was behind t...
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Blasts and gunfire around Nairobi hotel Blasts and gunfire around Nairobi hotel
Explosions and gunfire are being reported around a hotel complex in Kenyan capital, Nairobi. Local television showed smoke rising from the compound in the Westland district of the city, which houses the Dusit hotel as well as offices. "We are under attack," a person inside the complex told Reuters news agency. Several vehicles are on fire in the car park. Police have been sent to the area...
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Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi teen refugee arrives in Canada Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi teen refugee arrives in Canada
A Saudi teenager who fled her family and got stranded at a Bangkok airport has arrived in Canada after being granted asylum there. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, had been trying to reach Australia via Bangkok but was initially told to return to Kuwait, where her family were waiting. She refused to fly back and barricaded herself into her airport hotel room, attracting international attention. ...
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