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France shooting: Hostage swap officer 'fighting for life' France shooting: Hostage swap officer 'fighting for life'
A police officer who swapped himself for a hostage in a supermarket siege is fighting for his life in hospital, French President Emmanuel Macron says. The gendarme, whom media named as Lt-Col Arnaud Beltrame, helped bring an end to a gunman's shooting spree that killed three in southern France. The gunman - 25-year-old Redouane Lakdim - said he had been acting on behalf of the Islamic State ...
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Dapchi kidnap: Government 'will not abandon' lone hostage Dapchi kidnap: Government 'will not abandon' lone hostage
The Nigerian government says it "will not relent" in its efforts to free the last remaining schoolgirl being held by Boko Haram after a kidnapping in the town of Dapchi last month. The girl was among 110 girls taken from their school when militants stormed the town on 19 February. Most were released on Wednesday but one girl, a Christian who refused to convert to Islam, is still being held. ...
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Africa agrees deal for Continental Free Trade Area Africa agrees deal for Continental Free Trade Area
The leaders of 44 African countries have signed a deal to create one of the world's largest free trade blocs. The agreement was signed at a summit in the Rwandan capital, Kigali. It is hoped the deal will come into force within six months, and increase prosperity for 1.2 billion Africans. But 10 countries, including Nigeria, have refused to sign the deal, and it will need to be ratified b...
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Syria war: Dozens killed as rockets hit Damascus market Syria war: Dozens killed as rockets hit Damascus market
At least 35 civilians have been killed in a rocket attack on a busy market in a government-held district of Syria's capital Damascus, state media report. Rebels in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region fired the rockets at Kashkoul, police told the Sana news agency. Six other civilians were injured in a separate attack to the west, they said. Rebel groups have stepped up artillery attacks si...
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MH17 crash: Ukraine pilot blamed by Russia 'kills himself'. MH17 crash: Ukraine pilot blamed by Russia 'kills himself'.
A Ukrainian military pilot blamed by Russia over the 2014 downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 has killed himself, Ukrainian media report, quoting police. Capt Vladyslav Voloshyn had called the Russian allegation a lie. Dutch investigators concluded that a Russian Buk missile had destroyed the Boeing 777 jet, killing 298 people. Reports say Voloshyn shot himself at home in Mykolaiv, nea...
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Sri Lanka violence: Nationwide state of emergency lifted Sri Lanka violence: Nationwide state of emergency lifted
Sri Lanka has lifted a state of emergency imposed on 6 March in response to an outbreak of violence against Muslim communities. Two people were killed, nearly 450 Muslim-owned homes and shops damaged and 60 vehicles burnt in attacks in the central district of Kandy. Curfews and social media bans were brought in to try and quell tension. Violence has risen in the Buddhist-majority country ...
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Russia spy poisoning: 23 UK diplomats expelled from Moscow Russia spy poisoning: 23 UK diplomats expelled from Moscow
Russia is to expel 23 British diplomats in a row over the nerve agent attack on an-ex spy and his daughter in the UK. The Russian foreign ministry said the UK staff would be expelled from Moscow within a week in response to Britain's decision to expel 23 Russian diplomats. It also said it would close the British Council in Russia, which promotes cultural ties between the nations, and the Bri...
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Murder inquiry over Russian's London death. Murder inquiry over Russian's London death.
UK police have launched a murder investigation after the death of Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov in south-west London. Mr Glushkov was found dead at his home in New Malden on 12 March. A post-mortem examination revealed Mr Glushkov, who was 68, died from "compression to the neck". There is, at this stage, no evidence linking the death to the attempted murder of a former Russian spy ...
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Libya migrants: Smuggling network arrest warrants issued. Libya migrants: Smuggling network arrest warrants issued.
Libya has issued 205 arrest warrants for Libyans and foreigners suspected of being involved in a smuggling network for migrants heading to Europe. They include accusations of human trafficking, torture, murder and rape. The Libyan attorney general's office said the network included members of the security services, migrant detention camp leaders, and officials from African embassies in Libya...
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Physicist Stephen Hawking dies aged 76 Physicist Stephen Hawking dies aged 76
Physicist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, his family has said. The Briton was known for his groundbreaking work with black holes and relativity, and was the author of several popular science books including A Brief History of Time. His children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, said: "We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. "He was a great scientist and an extrao...
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