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IS conflict: Syrian opposition 'take town of Tabqa and dam' IS conflict: Syrian opposition 'take town of Tabqa and dam'
An alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters has announced it has taken a strategically important town from so-called Islamic State (IS). The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said they had "completely liberated" the town and its nearby dam, which are 40km (25 miles) west of IS-stronghold Raqqa. It comes a day after the US said it was going to arm members of the Kurdish Popular Protection Un...
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Climate change: China vows to defend Paris agreement Climate change: China vows to defend Paris agreement
Chinese President Xi Jinping has vowed to protect the landmark Paris agreement, which aims to curb climate change and fossil fuel emissions. He made the promise in a phone call with incoming French President Emmanuel Macron, the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement. US President Donald Trump is still deciding whether to withdraw from the accord - an election campaign promise. Clim...
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Germany searches all army barracks for Nazi material Germany searches all army barracks for Nazi material
Inspections have been ordered at every German army barracks, after Nazi-era memorabilia was found at two of them. The defence ministry said the command came from the inspector general of the Bundeswehr (Germany's armed forces). All barracks will be searched for material linked to the Wehrmacht, the army which served Adolf Hitler. The move follows a growing scandal over far-right extremism...
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Poland march: Thousands protest against 'curbs on democracy' Poland march: Thousands protest against 'curbs on democracy'
Thousands of Polish opposition supporters have been marching in Warsaw to protest against what they see as curbs on democracy imposed by the governing party. The opposition Civic Platform (PO) has accused the Law and Justice Party (PiS) of trying to stack the constitutional tribunal with sympathetic judges. It also says the PiS manipulates TV coverage. The European Commission (EC) has ask...
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French election: Security alerts as campaigning ends French election: Security alerts as campaigning ends
Separate security alerts in and around Paris have marred the final day of campaigning ahead of Sunday's French presidential election. A suspected radical Islamist possessing weapons and a pledge of allegiance to IS was arrested north of the capital. And Greenpeace activists scaled the Eiffel Tower to unfurl a banner, sparking an emergency police meeting. Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron...
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Iran coal mine explosion: More than 50 trapped in Golestan Iran coal mine explosion: More than 50 trapped in Golestan
More than 50 miners are trapped after an explosion in a coal mine in northern Iran, state media reports say. Two people are reported to have been killed and 25 others wounded by the blast at the Zemestan-Yurt mine, near Azadshahr in Golestan province. One emergency services spokesman said that 16 people had managed to escape. There are some reports that the incident was caused by a gas ex...
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Syria war: Many dead in IS attack on displaced people's camp Syria war: Many dead in IS attack on displaced people's camp
More than 30 civilians and Kurdish-led fighters have been killed in an attack by Islamic State (IS) militants near Syria's north-eastern border with Iraq. They targeted a makeshift camp for displaced Syrians and Iraqi refugees at Rajm al-Salibi, near the town of Shaddadi in Hassakeh province. The militants also clashed with members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stationed at a nearby ...
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Turbulence injures 27 on Aeroflot flight to Bangkok Turbulence injures 27 on Aeroflot flight to Bangkok
At least 27 people were hurt when an Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Bangkok hit a patch of severe turbulence. No injuries were life-threatening, but several passengers suffered broken bones and three needed surgery, Russian officials said. A passenger described being "hurled" up to the ceiling, trying to cling on amid shaking which "wouldn't stop". The turbulence occurred in clear skies, ...
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Swiss 'spy' arrested in Frankfurt Swiss 'spy' arrested in Frankfurt
A Swiss man has been arrested in Frankfurt on suspicion of spying. German federal prosecutors said the man was suspected of having worked "for the intelligence service of a foreign power" since early 2012. Reports suggest the man may have spied on German tax investigators. Tax authorities in Germany have controversially bought CDs of information from whistleblowers in Swiss banks as they ...
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German airlines drop safety rule prompted by Germanwings crash German airlines drop safety rule prompted by Germanwings crash
German airlines are dropping safety rules brought in after the 2015 Germanwings plane crash which require two people in the cockpit at all times. Andreas Lubitz killed 150 people by crashing the plane - apparently on purpose - after the plane's captain left to use the toilet. Airlines now say the two-person rule has no safety benefits. Eurowings, which merged with the Germanwings brand, i...
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