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French cash delivery man arrested after a van with €3m vanishes French cash delivery man arrested after a van with €3m vanishes
Two cash delivery workers in France got a shock when they found their money-filled van had vanished - along with the third member of their team. The van was soon found nearby but there was no sign of the 28-year-old driver or €3.4m (Ł3m) in cash. He was eventually tracked down to a flat in Amiens, along with most of the missing money. The suspect, named as Adrien Derbez, was arrested in t...
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French media execs accused of cyber-bullying feminists French media execs accused of cyber-bullying feminists
Several French media executives have been suspended or fired for allegedly co-ordinating online harassment through a private Facebook group. The largely-male League du LOL (League of LOL) targeted women writers and feminist activists among others. Dozens of people have shared their experience of cyber-bullying by the group since it was uncovered by the French left-wing newspaper Libération. ...
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Spain Catalonia: Madrid mass protest over talks policy Spain Catalonia: Madrid mass protest over talks policy
Supporters of Spanish conservative and centrist parties have held a protest in Madrid against government plans to hold talks with Catalan separatists. The centre-right Popular Party (PP) and Ciudadanos (Citizens) say Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez's plan to appoint an intermediary for the talks amounts to treason. The separatists have rejected the offer - they want a new independence vote. ...
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Nord Stream 2: EU agrees tighter rules for Russian pipeline Nord Stream 2: EU agrees tighter rules for Russian pipeline
EU ambassadors have agreed to toughen regulations on a controversial gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, but they have decided not to back plans that might threaten its completion. Work on the 1,225km (760-mile) Nord Stream 2 pipeline under the Baltic Sea is already well under way and is set to be finished by the end of 2019. The EU wants to bring pipelines coming into the bloc under its en...
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Istanbul rescuers search rubble for survivors after building collapse Istanbul rescuers search rubble for survivors after building collapse
Rescuers in the Turkish city of Istanbul have been working through the night to search the rubble of an eight-storey apartment block which collapsed. At least two people died and seven were injured but it is feared that others are trapped under the mound of debris in the city's Kartal district. The building was officially home to 43 people living in 14 flats, Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya ...
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Taliban 'not seeking to seize whole Afghanistan' Taliban 'not seeking to seize whole Afghanistan'
The Taliban official who has led the group's peace negotiations with the US has told the BBC the insurgents do not want to seize "the whole country by [military] power". "It will not bring peace to Afghanistan," Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai said. However, he said the group would not agree to a ceasefire until foreign forces were withdrawn from Afghanistan. UN data shows that the Taliban ...
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Paris fire: Eight dead and many injured at apartment block Paris fire: Eight dead and many injured at apartment block
Eight people including a baby have died in a fire at an eight-storey building in south-western Paris, fire service officials say. Nearly 30 people - including six firefighters - were injured. One person is in a serious condition. 50 people were evacuated by ladders from the blaze in the upmarket 16th arrondissement. The Paris prosecutor says it may have been deliberately started. Police h...
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Nepal woman suffocates in banned 'menstruation hut' Nepal woman suffocates in banned 'menstruation hut'
A 21-year-old Nepali woman died of suffocation in a windowless "menstruation hut" after she lit a fire to keep warm, say police. Parwati Bogati was found when her mother-in-law went to check on her. "She was excited about the next day as her menstruation would end. Poor child closed her eyes forever," Laxmi Bogati told the Kathmandu Post. The incident in Nepal's Doti district comes just w...
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Central African Republic agrees peace deal with rebel groups Central African Republic agrees peace deal with rebel groups
A peace deal between the government of the Central African Republic (CAR) and 14 rebel groups has been struck after talks in Sudan, officials say. The deal was announced by the UN mission in CAR, known as Minusca, and the African Union (AU), which both sponsored the talks in Khartoum. "This is a great day for Central African Republic and all its people," said AU commissioner Smail Chergui. ...
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Australia weather: January was hottest month on record Australia weather: January was hottest month on record
Australia recorded its hottest month ever in January, with average temperatures exceeding 30C (86F) for the first time. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the extreme heat was "unprecedented" during the country's summer period. At least five January days were among the 10 warmest on record, with daily national temperature highs of 40C. The heat has caused wildfire deaths, bushfires a...
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